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Invisalign Teen

In their aim to design braces suitable for younger people to enjoy their lifestyles, Invisalign have included unique features in the Invisalign Teen brace system that makes it stand out.

One feature is that the aligners are easily removable for normal daily activities, such as playing a musical instrument or sports. The aligners can be removed for eating and practising oral hygiene, including the brushing and flossing of teeth.

Invisalign Teen helps younger people to look their best while having teeth straightening treatment, which leads to improved oral health and enhanced aesthetics. Teenagers are known to value looking and feeling good and so having an alternative to metal braces is extremely advantageous.

Another feature included in Invisalign Teen is discretion. These braces are designed without metal wires and use clear materials that blend in with the natural tooth colour. Young people can also feel reassured in their image and comfort, as Invisalign Teen is a gentle orthodontic treatment.

Why choose Invisalign Teen?

Besides the benefits already mentioned, such as being removable, discreet, gentle, comfortable and flexible, the patient is completely involved in the design of their smile during this treatment. Patients can view a 3D digital image using Align Technology, which shows their smile "before" and "after" treatment so that they know what to expect from Invisalign Teen treatment.

A care plan is the beginning stage of treatment in which photographs and X-rays are taken of your oral contours to get the right specifications for an accurate mould and dental impression. Patients can ask questions and will learn how the procedure corrects misaligned teeth and enhances facial aesthetics. You too can have a model-like smile with a celebrity spark.

If you are happy to proceed with treatment, the Invisalign Teen aligners are custom-made and then fitted by the dentist. Every two weeks your aligners are checked and replaced with new ones for a clean and clear look. Changing to the next aligner in the series is vital to apply further orthodontic force to continue straightening your teeth.

Can anyone have Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is designed for young people and teenagers and those with erupting permanent dentition. The dentist can easily explain Invisalign products and tell you which is most appropriate to your orthodontic prescription.

What is the duration of Invisalign Teen treatment?

Treatment time depends on your orthodontic diagnosis but usually takes between 9 and 18 months. The dentist will explain your diagnosis and treatment will depend on the condition of your oral health and severity of teeth misalignment.

How effective is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign has products for both young people and adults in need of orthodontic care. People all over the world including celebrities use Invisalign and it is reported that almost one million people internationally have received beneficial treatment through the system.

Is Invisalign Teen better than traditional metal braces?

Invisalign Teen has a number of benefits over metal braces:

  • Discretion: Invisalign Teen braces are invisible and can be worn without anyone noticing.
  • Better oral hygiene: because the aligners are removable and food doesn't get trapped, a greater level of comfort and less mouth irritation is achieved.
  • Flexibility: lifestyle activities such as playing instruments and sports don't have to be changed when wearing Invisalign, as the braces are easily removed.

Is Invisalign as successful as conventional braces?

Invisalign is a trusted and effective orthodontic solution. Invisalign Teen carries this on and when worn as recommended by the dentist, is as effective in straightening teeth and improving aesthetics as conventional metal braces.

When is Invisalign Teen most effective?

The dentist will recommend Invisalign Teen treatment according to appropriate diagnosis. When worn as prescribed for the recommended 20 to 22 hours each day, Invisalign Teen aligners are effective in straightening teeth. Once removed for eating, flossing and brushing, the aligners should be immediately worn again during this 20 to 22 hour daily period. If dental guidelines for Invisalign Teen are not followed, results may not be as effective.

Is it possible to lose aligners?

Aligners can be lost if removed and misplaced, but if this happens just notify the clinic and it can be arranged for a replacement set to be ordered immediately. This is so as not to interrupt the treatment process. It is best to notify the clinic as soon as possible to ensure continuation of your treatment.

Are follow-up appointments necessary?

In order to monitor the progress of teeth and oral health the dentist usually schedules visits for patients every 4 to 6 weeks. They will also provide you with new aligners in line with your progress. This is necessary as the new aligners are designed to match the different stages of the teeth straightening process, applying orthodontic forces appropriate to the stage of development.

How easy is it to clean Invisalign Teen aligners?

Invisalign Teen aligners are removable so that you can eat, brush and floss your teeth as normal. These aligners are not like traditional metal braces where food gets caught in the brackets and wires. Invisalign Teen is designed with oral hygiene in mind so that daily oral hygiene maintenance is easy. Follow-up appointments also allow patient to be supplied with fresh aligners.

At what age is full Invisalign more appropriate than Invisalign Teen?

Once the dentist has examined your dental health a recommendation will be made regarding the most appropriate Invisalign treatment. All options are discussed with you so that you can choose your designer smile.

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