Teenagers often have busy lives, and in many cases feel self-conscious about their appearance, especially about their smile. The thought of orthodontic treatment with traditional braces may feel like a prison sentence to your teenager. Fortunately, Dr. Rita Daghlian has a solution. Here at Daghlian Pediatric Dentistry & Sokolowski Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign® Teen to align your teenager’s teeth and improve their smile more discreetly.
What Is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is an orthodontic treatment involving the use of custom-made clear aligners to straighten your teenager’s teeth and smile. It is identical to regular Invisalign treatment in terms of how it works, but the treatment itself is designed with teenagers in mind. Regular braces often interfere with a teen’s active lifestyle – school, dating, sports, extracurricular activities and hanging out with friends are incredibly important at this stage of life, and wearing braces could impact your teenager’s self-esteem and get in the way of reaching meaningful goals. Invisalign Teen avoids these problems, giving your teenager a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment that is both comfortable and effective.
How Does Invisalign Teen Treatment Work?
Invisalign Teen consists of a series of clear plastic trays. These aligners are custom-made to fit your teenager’s teeth and mouth perfectly to ensure their comfort, and are placed directly over the teeth. Each set of aligners makes small changes to the position of their teeth, so that as your teen switches to a new set of aligners at Dr. Rita Daghlian’s direction, their smile will gradually straighten.
What Are The Benefits of Invisalign Teen?
Your teenager will love the benefits of Invisalign Teen! These benefits include:
- Removable aligners – your teenager can eat, drink, brush and floss normally
- No interference with regular activities – your teenager can play sports and musical instruments with ease
- The aligners are nearly invisible! As long as your teenager keeps them clean, other people may not even realize that they are wearing orthodontic aligners
- A more comfortable overall treatment experience – no wires, no metal brackets and no irritation to your teenager’s mouth
Will Invisalign Treatment Affect My Teenager’s Lifestyle?
While orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen will have some impact on your teenager’s day-to-day life, this impact will be minimal. Because the aligners are removable, your teenager can eat and drink whatever they want, as well as brush and floss normally to keep their teeth clean and healthy.
Please keep in mind that while the aligners are removable your teenager should only remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss. We recommend making sure your teenager is wearing the aligners 20-22 hours each day, as this will keep their smile progressing as planned. You should also help your teenager keep track of their aligner – they should be properly stored when not being worn, and your teenager should keep an eye on the aligners so they don’t forget them or throw them away by accident in the cafeteria or restaurant.
Caring For The Aligners
Here are a few tips to help your teenager care for their appliance:
- Clean the aligners regularly – your teen can use the Invisalign cleaning system or brush the aligners gently with a toothbrush and lukewarm water
- Don’t wash the aligners under hot water or in a dishwasher
- Don’t chew gum, eat, or drink while wearing the aligners
Schedule An Appointment
Do you have any questions about Invisalign Teen in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, California? Give us a call! Our team will be happy to provide you with more information and help you schedule a consultation with our experienced pediatric dentist, Dr. Sokolowski.
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