Is Invisalign Right for Your Teen?
Not every teenager is a candidate for Invisalign, but most are. Invisalign requires a lot of commitment from the wearer. Because the aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning, it’s possible that some teenagers will leave them out and forget them.
Doing so doesn’t just set treatment back by the number of days the aligners are left out — it can set your teen back weeks and weeks. If your teen — or even tween — has all of their adult teeth and is responsible enough to keep the aligners in for at least 22 hours a day, they’re candidates for Invisalign.
Invisalign can correct mild to moderate bite issues, such as underbite or overbite, and spacing issues like teeth that are overcrowded or gapped. Severe issues or those not listed here may mean your teen isn’t eligible for treatment with Invisalign. The best way to find out if this treatment is right for your teen is to book a consultation.
What Are the Restrictions?
Traditional braces come with a lot of dietary restrictions that can make summer way less fun for a teen. Corn on the cob at cookouts or a delicious gummy snack can have you rushing your child to the dentist or orthodontist for an emergency visit. There’s no danger of that with Invisalign. Most of the time, your teenager will remove their aligners to eat, unless otherwise instructed by their dentist. Getting used to removing the aligners, as well as putting them back in after eating, is one of the reasons summer vacation is the best time to start: your teen will have the routine down pat by the time they’re eating in the cafeteria again.
Otherwise, there are very few restrictions when you have Invisalign in. Your teen can participate in the usual summer activities of swimming, sports and lounging in the sun. Best of all? They’ll be able to smile without a tin grin, meaning those family photos you’ll cherish for years to come won’t make them cringe when looking back.
Getting Your Teen Started with InvisalignThe first step to getting your teen started with Invisalign this summer is to book an appointment to discuss your options and see if they’re a good candidate for the treatment. Book your appointment now, as summer vacation spots fill up quickly.
If Invisalign is a good fit for your child, your teen will have impressions of their teeth taken, which will then be used to create the transparent aligners. You’ll need to come back to get your teen’s aligners, and we’ll check them then to make sure they fit properly. After that, you can expect your teenager to need an appointment every two weeks to get an updated tray. An entire course of treatment can run as long as a year.