5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®
Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But I’m often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen.
In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images I take with the sophisticated iTero Element Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.
Here are the answers to the top five questions I’m asked about Invisalign Teen. I hope you find it helpful!
1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES.
When worn according to the customized plan I set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at (718) 848-6900 to set up an appointment to find out for sure.
2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES.
With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.
3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE.
Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives.
In fact, a recent study found that only 22% of teens feel that wearing braces does/will boost their self-esteem; whereas, nearly half of teens report wearing Invisalign does/will boost their self-esteem (47%). Likewise, 40% of Teens reported that wearing braces would/does negatively impact their self-confidence during treatment; whereas, only 13% of Teens reported the same about wearing Invisalign aligners.
4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY.
Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so I can track compliance.
5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT MY OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES.
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.
Invisalign is just one of the clear solutions we offer at Jacob Jarvis Orthodontics. Come in for a free consultation and we’ll figure out whether Invisalign, Damon Clear or Acceledent is the best option of treatment plan for your child.
At Jacob Jarvis Orthodontics we value education and want to make sure our patients and their families feel informed about their options for treatment plans. As the only provider of the Damon System in the Boise area I am often explaining what they are and the benefits of using them for orthodontic treatment. Given that they are such a big part of our practice (along with Invisalign and Acceledent) I’ve put together some of the reasons why the Damon System could be a great choice for you or your child! Take a look below:
A Clear Smile. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat. Who knows what will be next but as the parent of 3 boys I can guess that selfies will be involved. If a clear smile is important to your child, Damon Clear can be a great choice. The brackets are clear with a thin metal wire that runs through them. Pretty hard to spot in a selfie.
Less Pain. As opposed to traditional brackets which hold wires in place in order to gradually move teeth to the correct positioning, the Damon Systemuses a slide mechanism to maintain archwires within the bracket. Less friction allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
Fast.While treatment time can vary, clinical studies demonstrate that Damon System treatment is up to six months faster than traditional braces.1 Often appointments will be less frequent as well! Plus, there are no additional parts which means there is no need to worry about lost, misplaced or forgotten clear aligners. You and/or your busy teen can get in and out of our offices and back to your busy schedules.
Easy to Clean. Traditional braces use elastomeric rings to hold wires in place on their brackets. Unlike those traditional systems, Damon Clear braces are much easier to keep clean.
100% Approved! As opposed to other invisible aligners everyone is a candidate for the Damon System. Damon Clear works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perfectly align ALL teeth for a phenomenal smile that enhances your entire facial appearance.
Put all these benefits together and there is a clear reason to ask about Damon Clear. It’s why we love being able to offer this treatment course to the Boise area. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re happy to answer all questions and will make sure you or your child receives the right treatment plan for them.