Teens today lead very busy lives. Between school, sports, spending time with friends, and the array of after-school activities that are available, adding one more responsibility to a teen’s to-do list may not be the best idea. For many teens, traditional metal braces may seem like just that: another responsibility or chore. Metal braces often feel uncomfortable, require special cleaning, create food restrictions, and can affect confidence. However, that does not change the fact that many teens have misaligned teeth that require professional treatment. Cosmetic dentist Timothy Sluser offers his Pittsburgh patients Invisalign® for teens. Invisalign® effectively straightens teeth while giving teens the comfort, freedom, and convenience that cannot be found with traditional metal braces.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® treatment slowly shifts the teeth into place by giving patients a series of clear, plastic aligners to be worn over the teeth. These aligners fit the teeth very closely and act to gradually move the teeth into proper position. Teens can have their teeth straightened without ever having metal brackets or wires placed on the teeth. As treatment progresses, the aligners are changed out so that each phase of treatment slowly shifts the teeth to where they need to be. The aligners are switched around every two weeks and follow-up appointments are scheduled around every six weeks so that the patient’s progress can be monitored. The average length of treatment is similar to those of traditional braces, with most patients achieving proper alignment within nine to 15 months.
Why Teens Love Invisalign®
It is very easy to see why teens love Invisalign®. Invisalign® treatment gives teens the straight, beautiful smile they desire without the unwanted hassles of traditional braces. Metal braces are known to be uncomfortable and difficult to care for. Cleaning between braces can be a hassle and teeth that are not properly cleaned can easily become infected or decayed. In addition, braces restrict the consumption of several foods, and are immediately noticeable to others. These are all inconveniences that teens who undergo Invisalign® treatment do not have to worry about. Instead, Invisalign® offers teens the following benefits:
- Discreetness: Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible. Not only are they hardly noticeable, but they can be removed so teens have the option of removing the aligners for those rare, special occasions when they want to look our best.
- Comfort: The aligner trays are custom-made to fit the shape of the patient’s mouth. They fit closely without shifting and can barely be felt by the patient.
- Convenience: Invisalign® aligners can be removed while patients eat, drink, brush, and floss. Not only does this give patients an added level of convenience, but it makes caring for the teeth during treatment much easier than with traditional braces.
- Confidence: Invisalign® aligners are known as invisible braces. Teens feel confident to smile, laugh, and talk without worrying about the smile being affected by bulky metal hardware.
Schedule an Appointment
If your teen has crooked teeth and is worried by the complaints about traditional braces, schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Sluser to learn more about Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign® offers teens the comfort and freedom they desire and is comparable in cost and treatment time to traditional braces. Find out if Invisalign® is right for you.