Chances are if you think of the words “orthodontic treatment,” one thing comes to mind: a latticework of metal brackets, wires, and bands. These are traditional metal braces, and they’ve almost become a rite of passage for teenagers these days. While metal braces are still the most popular option for orthodontic treatment, they’re far from the only ones available. At Charlottesville Orthodontics, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments for our patients of all ages, including Invisalign Teen, a variant of the Invisalign treatment that’s specifically designed for the teenage lifestyle. And, just like regular Invisalign, it comes with a number of advantages over traditional metal braces.
The advantages of Invisalign Teen
Perhaps the most obvious advantage of Invisalign is, well, how not obvious it is! Invisalign aligners are clear and lay flat against the teeth, making them almost invisible. This means teens don’t have to worry about having braces for important milestones like school pictures, dances, and prom.
In addition to being almost invisible when worn, Invisalign is easy to take in and out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This allows for two important advantages. The first is that because teens take the aligners out to eat, they can still enjoy all their favorite foods – eliminating the dietary restrictions that come with traditional braces. Plus, because the aligners are removable to brush and floss, maintaining good oral hygiene – something critical for successful treatment – is as easy as ever!
Specialized for teenagers
Invisalign Teen also comes with many purpose-built features that make it ideal for the teenage lifestyle. Every Invisalign Teen aligner comes with a built-in Compliance Indicator, which lets orthodontists, parents, and teens themselves know if they’re wearing the aligners long enough or need to be a little more diligent. Additionally, special “eruption tabs” are built-in that hold the appropriate amount of space open for molars that have not fully grown in.
Contact your Zion Crossroads, VA, Invisalign Teen specialists
Traditional braces still present an effective, reliable, and durable treatment option, but for most teens, Invisalign Teen comes with some attractive advantages! If your child is interested in Invisalign Teen, we would love to help.
We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to help your child achieve a beautiful new smile with Invisalign Teen!