When your teen needs straighter teeth, but you don’t want them to worry about the restrictions that are involved with traditional braces, reach out and talk to us at Shenandoah Family Dentistry about Invisalign. This procedure uses a series of clear aligners you can remove, customized for your teen’s teeth. Then, your teen simply needs to wear them for two weeks at a time before exchanging them for the next set of aligners. Eventually, their teeth will slide into place, giving them a confident smile.
How Invisalign Works
Your teen needs to wear their Invisalign retainers for 20—22 hours each day. Every two weeks they’ll exchange them for a new set of retainers. Each set of aligners comes with a built-in assurance check blue indicators that fade over time when worn as directed. This helps us keep track of their compliance.
How Effective Invisalign Is
When worn correctly, Invisalign is typically almost as effective as traditional braces at treating mild to severe issues like underbites, overbites, overcrowding, plus any gaps between your teeth.
Reasons to Consider Invisalign Over Traditional Braces
While traditional braces have issues relating to metal wires and their connecting brackets, these don’t occur with Invisalign since they’re removable. This means your teen can engage in sports without the worry of being injured in their mouth—something that causes much damage when wearing traditional braces. Teens can also keep playing instruments like woodwinds and enjoying their favorite foods when they turn to Invisalign. With Invisalign, there are virtually no restrictions. It’s even easy for your teen to brush and floss their teeth normally, thus maintaining good oral hygiene.
Emotional Concerns With Invisalign
According to research, many parents don’t realize just how self-conscious teens feel about their crooked teeth. While you’d think that using braces would help, it often makes the problem even worse. However, with Invisalign, nobody will even know they’re wearing the device to straighten their teeth. This removes a potential source of great anxiety and gives them the confidence they need to be themselves.
Who Invisalign Works Well for
Invisalign works well for teens with erupting or erupted permanent dentition. We’ll evaluate your teen’s specific dental issues to make sure they’re a good candidate before starting treatment though. Most teens will qualify for treatment.
How Long Invisalign Treatment Takes
The average Invisalign treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces. Of course, this depends on the severity of your teen’s condition—something that can only be determined by making an appointment with us. It also depends on your teen being in good compliance with the treatment and wearing their appliance as directed.
How Much Invisalign Costs
Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces. Most insurance policies will cover this treatment. Otherwise, we’ll work with you at Shenandoah Family Dentistry to create a flexible, affordable monthly payment plan, so make sure you pick up the phone and give us a call today at (540) 667-8731. We honestly want to partner with you to do what’s best for your teen’s teeth and self-confidence.