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Invisalign for Teens

May 28, 2021 7:17 pm
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If you thought traditional braces were for teens and Invisalign® is only for adults, you’d be wrong! Invisalign clear aligners are becoming more and more popular for teenagers.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that involves wearing a series of custom clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten the smile. Invisalign aligners are desirable because they are comfortable, discreet, and removable.

Why Invisalign Is Popular with Teens

Compared to braces, Invisalign clear aligner therapy boasts:

  • Simplified Oral Hygiene – One of the downsides of traditional braces is that it makes cleaning the teeth difficult, especially when flossing. With removable aligners, brushing and flossing techniques are unchanged. Patients only need to clean their teeth more often, since the teeth should be clean before putting the trays back in after eating or drinking anything other than water.
  • Shorter Appointments – Invisalign requires less time spent at our office, which makes treatment easier for teens juggling school, friends, homework, sports, and more.
  • Fewer Food Restrictions – Clear aligners are removed when eating so patients can bite into apples, corn on the cob, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, etc. without worrying about breaking a bracket.

Important Considerations

While clear aligners can be a great solution for your teen, there are still a few important things to consider before going the aligner route. The success of treatment depends on your child wearing their trays as much as possible and only taking them off when they eat or clean their teeth. If you think your child won’t wear their aligners or that they’ll lose them, consider going with traditional braces instead.

Braces & Aligners in San Antonio, TX

Does your teenager want straighter, healthier teeth? Schedule an orthodontic consultation for your child at Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces! We’ll evaluate their misalignment, discuss their lifestyle, and go over your budget to determine the right treatment for your teen.

Explore our website to learn about our comprehensive dental services for children and teens!

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