The teen years can be difficult. Adding a less than ideal smile to increasing school and social pressures can make the teen years unbearable. Luckily, Invisalign Teen offers a nearly invisible way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently guide teeth to their ideal locations. There is no metal and no brackets or wires. The aligners are so clear they are almost invisible, so you don’t have to worry about drawing attention to yourself during treatment.
Aligners come in sets and each set is worn for 22 hours a day for two weeks. Then, you move on to the next set in the series. This is important because each set is perfectly calibrated to achieve a certain tooth movement. If you move to a new set too quickly, you may throw your entire treatment out of whack!
Your orthodontist creates a fully customized digital treatment plan that outlines every step of your treatment. You’ll even be able to see what your smile will look like at the end of treatment.
Why should I choose Invisalign?
Teens love Invisalign because it offers a discreet way to get the smile you want. Not only that, the aligners are removable, which means you don’t have to make a lot of adjustments to your lifestyle. You don’t have to worry about which foods to avoid because you’ll just pop the aligners out before eating and drinking. And brushing and flossing is a breeze because you aren’t trying to work around brackets and wires.
Invisalign is a great option for many patients, but it may not be ideal for everyone. While the technology has made great strides it is still most effective for patients who have more mild to moderate malocclusions. Dr. Pavlo will discuss your treatment options with you.
What to know about treatment?
One of the most common questions is how long treatment will take. There is no cut and dry answer because each case is individual, however, the average Invisalign patient is in treatment for between 12 and 18 months. The amount of time you’ll be in treatment is dependent on how well your mouth responds to treatment, the severity of your issue, and your compliance with wearing your aligners.
Compliance is a crucial component of Invisalign effectiveness. In order for the aligners to work, they have to be in your mouth. That means you have to wear them the recommended 22 hours a day. We know that because they are removable, it can be tempting to take them out for a big day. But once you do it one time, it becomes easy to find more reasons to take them out. Invisalign aligners should be worn 22 hours a day, every day, throughout the course of your treatment.
And yes, we will know if you haven’t been wearing your aligners. Invisalign Teen comes with compliance indicators that can show Dr. Pavlo whether you have been diligent about wearing your aligners. This will help keep you responsible and keep your treatment on track.