The Many Benefits of Invisalign for Teens: Breaking Things Down

Whenever someone thinks about the various techniques that are available to correct crooked teeth, bite issues or any other dental-related problems they may have, they usually call to mind images of one option in particular: traditional braces.

Invisalign has emerged as a viable alternative for many people and has become quite popular over the last decade in particular. Here, a series of clear plastic trays are made that fit precisely to one’s teeth and every few weeks, one set of trays is swapped out for another. This is how the teeth move from one position to the next, creating a far more discreet treatment option.

Indeed, that is one of the major benefits that Invisalign brings to the table for teens in particular – they’re far less noticeable than traditional braces, while being far more comfortable at the exact same time. Not only that, but they can easily be removed for special events like Prom.

But what most teens will love about Invisalign is that they require far fewer trips to the orthodontist. They’re also a great option for athletes in particular.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

The most important thing to understand about Invisalign is that the average treatment time takes just about the same as traditional braces, despite also including all of the unique advantages outlined above.

Of course, the actual length of your teen’s treatment will depend on a wide range of different factors, like the severity of the condition that is to be corrected. Ultimately, the total time that will be required for treatment is something that can only be determined by your orthodontist. But don’t worry – they will go over all of this with you in advance so that you know exactly what to expect moving forward.

How Many Hours a Day Do I Need to Wear the Aligners?

In no uncertain terms, you will need to wear your Invisalign clear plastic aligners for at least 22 hours per day so that the treatment can proceed exactly as you need it to. Really, the only time you should take them off is to brush your teeth, to floss or to eat.

Is Having an Active Lifestyle Possible With Invisalign?

Of course! Invisalign absolutely fits into an active lifestyle and, as stated, it is a great option for athletes in particular because it can easily be removed during sports. You’ll still need to wear your mouthguard, however, to protect your teeth during play.

Invisalign is a perfect treatment option for patients with minor misalignment issues. At our practice in particular, we offer Invisalign to both teens and adults as needed. If you’d like to find out more information about if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you, or if you have any additional questions that you’d like to discuss in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – call us at our office today. We’re more than happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Carr, or to schedule your appointment right away.