Invisalign Teen Pros and Cons for Teenagers
Invisalign Teen is a system of clear hard plastic aligners that are fitted for your mouth. They must be checked every 8 weeks or so and replaced over the course of the first couple of months while they work at aligning your teeth into proper position. Invisalign Teen is a preferred choice for over 1.6 million teens because they are practically invisible due to being clear.
However, no one thing is perfect. At Happy kids Dental we understand that any method of treating teeth misalignment comes with some struggle. After all, any type of the bracket system will be moving your teeth. In this article we try to provide pro’s and con’s of Invisalign Teens treatment and compare them to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign Teen PROs:
Better confidence for Teens
The main reason parents opt for Invisalign Teen over traditional metal braces is because they are virtually invisible! They won’t leave your teenager with a mouth full of metal, the most dreaded side effect of braces. Your teen will feel free to smile and won’t feel overly self-conscious.
More comfortable compared to metal braces
Invisalign is much more physically comfortable to wear. Metallic braces have wires or brackets, this may cause irritation, discomfort, and sometimes even open sores. Moreover, the brackets can break, causing further cuts to the mouth and the need for an emergency appointment with the dentist. Invisalign Teen is made of SmartTrack smooth plastic material, which is similar to a mouth guard and has no sharp edges, reducing the risk of the discomfort to the mouth lining.
Invisalign clear aligners can be easily removed, for up to 2 hours a day. Which would allow better freedom to eat favourite foods and play musical instruments? So teens can take the aligners off, enjoy their favourite food (popcorn in movies) and then put the aligners back when they are done.
Better oral hygiene
Invisalign Teen aligners can be easily removed for proper cleaning, making sure to inhibit any plaque damage to your teen’s teeth. It requires much more effort to clean chocolate or salad leaves after the meal if you have metal braces on. Food easily becomes lodged around and in between metal brackets, leaving the majority of teens with various tooth enamel conditions after wearing metal braces, unless they very cleaning their teeth with pression.
Require Minimal Maintenance
Compared to metal braces, Invisalign Teen require significantly less maintenance. Simply cleaning them every other day in a small amount of bleach and water will help to eliminate stains and freshen them up. There are also less visits to the dentist (only 10 min check-ups every 8 weeks or so, vs 20 min checkups every 6 weeks with metal braces), which is great for busy Londoners!
Invisalign Teen Cons:
There are some disadvantages to Invisalign Teen. Here is a list:
Your teen must be ready for the excellent cooperation
If he/she doesn’t follow the recommendations and doesn’t wear the aligners for at least 22 hours p/day, you may not be able to see the desired results. If you feel that its best to have more control, it might be a better solution to opt for metal braces.
Invisalign Teen system costs more compared to metal braces. However, if you prefer this option to help with your teen’s confidence, it might be worth it, just talk to Happy Kids Dental team regarding various financing options, we will be able to spread the cost over time to help you with the payment.
Inconvenience during meal times (must be removed)
Some teens get a bit uncomfortable removing the aligners during meal times. But with a new teen’s celebrity trend, it might even become a “trendy and cool” thing to wear aligners and show them off. For some teens, this also will have an added benefit of better meal planning, since grazing in-between meals will be less appealing.
All braces will add some amount of discomfort, simply because they are all helping to move the teeth. Invisalign Teens might create a feeling of “pressure” which your teen might be feeling as his teeth are adjusting to a new set of aligners. However, this pressure is usually more tolerable compared to the discomfort of metal braces. Read more about this in our blog.
As you can see, Invisalign Teen is a flexible and good solution for teenagers. It helps them to straighten their teeth, whilst living a full-on life, without interruptions. If you feel that Invisalign Teen might be a good solution for your teen, schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontic experts. We will be happy to help your teen to regain confidence and a better smile!