Invisalign offers dental patients a way to get the results of wearing traditional braces without actually having to wear metal materials. Teenagers who are going through growing pains may be particularly resistant to wearing silver-colored, omnipresent metal braces—they prefer a “clearer” solution. However, teenagers are not always the best candidates for Invisalign because some of them cannot commit to wearing their devices as often as they should. Learn more about the ins and outs of choosing Invisalign for teens with an orthodontist at The Brace Place in Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Why Invisalign Is Preferred
Compared to wearing metal brackets and wires that are permanently attached to each of your teeth, wearing Invisalign's plastic, removable trays for about 20 hours per day is a piece of cake for most patients. Invisalign trays gently move the teeth until they meet a pre-determined arrangement decided by your orthodontist in about six months to a year instead of multiple years (common for standard braces). Patients also enjoy the freedom of being able to take their trays off at inconvenient times, such as when having dinner with a friend or playing a contact sport.
Choosing Invisalign for Teens
Because teenagers are more likely to take out their Invisalign trays on a whim and for longer periods of time, a unique treatment called Invisalign for Teens is available at The Brace Place in Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, FL. There’s an indicator on either side of each tray that will let the orthodontist know if the teen has been wearing the device for the appropriate amount of time. It helps ensure that the treatment is proceeding as planned.
Tips for Teens Who Wear Invisalign Braces
If your teenager is considering or has just started an Invisalign treatment with your Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, FL orthodontist, here are some ongoing tips to offer:
- Keep your dental carrying case with you at all times to securely store your trays when not in use, and avoid putting them inside of tissue paper while eating (this is how many patients lose their trays and retainers).
- Always put your Invisalign trays on before bed, directly after brushing and flossing.
- To avoid extending the period of your braces treatment, wear your braces for at least 22 hours per day. The less you wear your trays, the longer the treatment will last.
A Straight Smile Early in Life
Some patients unfortunately wait until they are adults before straightening out their smiles. Now, teenagers can enjoy the smile benefits that come with Invisalign. Call (904) 249-0037 today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place in Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, FL.