Teenagers have very busy lives, and for some of them, getting metal braces is not at the top of their list of favorite things to do. For teens, Invisalign is now an option. Invisalign Teen is an alternative to braces, and it’s a great option for those who would rather straighten their teeth differently than with the standard metal braces. Invisalign Teen aligners consist of smooth, clear plastic that is nearly invisible and should be replaced every two weeks. Dr. Nima Mir will make sure that each aligner is custom-made and perfect for each one of his patients.
Invisalign Teen aligners can be removed for up to 4 hours per day to eat, play sports, play instruments, and brush teeth.
Adherence to oral hygiene routine is easier with the Invisalign aligners since they remove simply. However, patients should keep in mind that wearing the aligners for at least 20 hours per day is an obligation.
Teenagers will wear Invisalign for the same amount of time as adults, but since every patient is unique, it is recommended to visit Dr. Nima Mir to learn how long your child’s treatment will last. Furthermore, the cost of traditional braces and Invisalign can be very similar, but there is no set fee.
The cost will be determined by Dr. Nima Mir based on the orthodontic treatment required.
As long as the aligners are worn as directed and all instructions for treatment are followed, Invisalign is a very effective treatment. Many patients are happy to have the option of these clear aligners, as well as traditional braces.
The Pros of Invisalign for Teenagers
Unlike braces, you can remove Invisalign aligners to brush and floss your teeth. Therefore, it is easier for teens to adhere to their oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign aligners should be worn for 22 to 23 hours per day, however, they should be put back immediately after brushing and flossing!
Also they are less visible than chunky metal braces. So, if your teenager cares a lot about his/her appearance, Invisalign treatment may be a perfect and pleasant option that makes the journey smoother for them.
Compared to braces, Invisalign aligners move more slowly and gently, so any pain or discomfort will be less severe. Note that braces often cause minor, temporary discomfort, but with Invisalign, the discomfort is even milder. This feature is especially important for those teenagers who are overly sensitive or concerned about pain or discomfort.
Attached brackets and elastics in braces will increase the chance of breaking, while attached devices in Invisalign are almost nothing. For parents and kids alike, these breakages imply repeated trips to the orthodontist for repairs. Therefore, if your teen participates in any sports activities or is highly active, Invisalign aligners may be a good option for reducing breakage and reappointment problems.
The Cons of Invisalign Teen
Compliance is essential with Invisalign, which is the most important thing to keep in mind. For them to function, they must be worn nearly nonstop for up to 22 hours each day. Therefore, Invisalign might not be the ideal choice if your teen isn’t extremely disciplined.
Invisalign might not be the ideal option if your teen’s case is very complicated. For instance, since braces allow for faster and harder tooth movement, they may be required if the patient has a severe overbite.
Using Invisalign aligners is good for those teenagers who are disciplined and committed to finishing their treatment in a timely and effective manner, happy to follow their orthodontist’s recommendations, and are willing to wear aligners at all times, regardless of having the option to take them out whenever they please.
It’s crucial to remember that with Invisalign treatment, most teenagers perform better than their parents anticipate. We will suggest Invisalign if we believe it would be a successful treatment for your teen.
Youngest Age For Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign can be placed on your child as young as seven years old. Parents can also consult an orthodontist to determine whether their child’s appropriate Invisalign age. Early treatment is always preferable for dental issues.
It is always difficult for parents to start dental treatment for their child because they are concerned about whether or not the child will be comfortable with braces, or be able to drink and eat normally.
They are also concerned about their child’s braces because he/she will have to move around with friends and family. If anyone mentions his/her misaligned teeth and braces, the child may become easily upset. Since Invisalign are not very noticeable, the child may feel some relief with it as well.
Some frequently asked questions
What is the best age for Invisalign?
There is no specific age requirement for Invisalign. Invisalign treatment can be done at any age, however, some orthodontists recommend braces for children and Invisalign for teenagers because Invisalign requires more commitment and care.
What is the minimum age for Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment needs commitment, care, and enough attention. Due to that, Invisalign’s age is crucial since it needs to be identified whether the treatment ended in desirable results. Obviously, parents cannot monitor their children all the time, so the treatment becomes a very tiresome responsibility for parents. However, getting orthodontic treatment at an early age will end in a good results, but the child should be ready to have the treatment. Although there is no official minimum age limit, the child should be mature enough to wear aligners for 22 hours per day. For the sake of this reason, Invisalign is usually recommended to teenagers.
Is seven the best age for Invisalign treatment?
Teeth problems can affect how a child’s overall health condition. Misaligned teeth can cause a feeling of loneliness and less confidence in a child. Most dentists suggest that the minimum beginning age for Invisalign treatment is 7 years old when a child has a combination of milk and permanent teeth. Although there is no official set age for Invisalign, orthodontists advise advanced dental treatment should be done in teens.
Is Invisalign treatment suitable for your teen?
Like every solution, it has its own pros and cons. But if the advantages of something are more than the disadvantages, it is worth going with it.
What Is The Perfect Solution For Your Teens?
Contact York Ortho if you have any questions about orthodontic treatment for your teenagers. Our office is family-oriented, and we see patients of all ages.
We know it can be challenging to treat your teenagers through this transitional era of growth, so we’re here to support you.
Get your teenagers started on the path to a healthy smile for the rest of their lives right away!