Being a teen can be tough, and at an age when most are feeling self-conscious, a discreet way to fix crooked, gapped, or uneven teeth can be a lifesaver. While traditional braces remain an effective way for youth to achieve a straight smile, Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular option for its ease, comfort, and appearance.
Once recommended only for adults, Invisalign now has options designed for teens to ensure proper usage and room to accommodate still-growing teeth. Here at Brace Place Orthodontics in both Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, orthodontist Josh GoldKnopf, DDS, PA, offers the latest in Invisalign to help you decide if these aligners are a good choice for your teen.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Aligners forgo the wires and brackets used for braces, instead, opting to use a series of clear, flexible, and sturdy plastic aligners to straighten and properly space your teeth. Less conspicuous than braces, these aligners from our offices in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra are molded to fit snugly over your teeth to make them virtually undetectable.
If your teen has a tendency to lose or break things, aligners have the advantage of coming with regular replacement sets. Your orthodontist will create a series of aligners to be rotated every few weeks as the teeth begin to shift.
Your teen may also find Invisalign to be quite comfortable, as the aligners are designed to concentrate on just a few teeth at a time, reducing the risk of soreness or pressure as the teeth move into place.
From a care standpoint, aligners are easily removed for brushing and flossing, making dental hygiene a breeze.
How can I make sure my teen is wearing their aligners?
Our offices offer special aligners that show you, your teen, and the orthodontist if the aligners are being worn for the recommended 22 hours a day. Colored dots serve as "compliance indicators," fading gradually as the aligners are in use. If your teen has teeth that are still "erupting," our aligners come with special tabs to create space for teeth to continually grow.
Interested? Give us a call
Orthodontist Josh Goldknopf is just a call away at 904-222-8588. Make an appointment at either our office in Jacksonville Beach or our location in Ponte Vedra today!