Most people assume that clear aligners are meant primarily for adults. The fact is, we can use them to correct misalignment for patients of all ages. Teens are often eager to try the Invisalign system due to the aligner’s practically invisible nature. They worry about the impact metal orthodontics could have on their appearance, but are eager to see the more even smile our aligners can provide.
What to Expect Day-to-Day
Each day, your teen will need to wear the aligners between 20 and 23 hours. Approximately every two weeks, he/she will upgrade to a new set as the teeth are gently pushed into more optimal positions. The aligners can be removed before meals (meaning they won’t need to avoid certain foods ) and when brushing and flossing (which promotes better oral hygiene and reduces the risk of tooth decay and other issues). In addition, they can be removed for special occasions.
Does the Procedure Differ for Teens?
In some cases, the aligners can be created with blue dots on them. The dots will gradually wear away if the aligners are being worn correctly. This allows parents and the dentist to make sure the aligners are being worn as prescribed. When compared to braces, teens can enjoy fewer office visits as well.
Will They Be Comfortable?
Yes! The aligners are custom-made. We take detailed impressions, photographs, and x-rays of the patient’s smile. At an Invisalign lab, experts use this information to create the series of aligners. In addition, being made from BPA-free plastic means they will bit comfortably, reducing the gum and cheek irritation commonly encountered with metal braces. If you have any questions about clear aligners for you, your teens, or even your younger children, then give us a call. We can examine their smile and see if this is the best choice. Remember, Dr. Calcagno is an Invisalign Preferred Provider, having helped many people enjoy straighter smiles with clear aligners.
Interested in Invisalign for Teens?
We can help your teenage child enjoy a healthier and more even smile with clear aligners. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.