When you think of orthodontic treatment for teens, what immediately comes to mind? If your first thoughts are of flashes of bright color and shiny metal, you’re not alone. Metal braces have been the only real treatment option for decades, but the many benefits of Invisalign, including its subtlety, make it an outstanding treatment plan for modern teens.
1. Boosts Self Confidence
Being a teenager can be tough: there’s the new expectations in school, endless extracurriculars, family life and feeling misunderstood by parents, and not to mention hormones and bullying! Teens wearing Invisalign aligners are two times more likely to have a boost in self-esteem during treatment. And considering #3 and #4 below, we think that’s pretty significant!
2. Virtually Invisible
We all remember high school and how important it was to fit in, right? Teens are 68% less likely to be teased when wearing Invisalign aligners as opposed to metal braces, and a whopping 92% of teens say that metal braces would keep them from fitting in with their peers. Let your teen stand out for their school record in the 300 meter hurdles or their painting that now hangs in a local art gallery; not for the new metal in their mouth!
3. Just as Effective as Braces
You might think that Invisalign is for correcting mildly crooked smiles, but think again! In the hands of a trained orthodontist, Invisalign aligners can be just as effective as metal braces in correcting smiles and bites. They provide virtually the same results! That’s powerful information considering Invisalign is virtually undetectable when worn.
4. Perfect for Sports and Music
If your teen is an athlete or musician, you might be concerned about the comfort and safety of traditional metal braces, which can can irritate or the cut the inside of the mouth. Invisalign aligners are completely smooth, which means they won’t irritate the mouth when playing a woodwind or brass instrument. Because the aligners are removable, your teen can replace the Invisalign aligners with a traditional mouthguard for their game. That’s one less thing you and your teen have to worry about!
5. No Off-Limits Food
Have you ever tried limiting your teen’s diet? Not for the faint of heart, right? Traditional metal braces mean no popcorn, no caramel, and no chewing on ice (just to name a few). But because Invisalign aligners are removable, there are no off-limits foods! Teens simply take out the aligners before diving into that huge (refillable!) tub of popcorn at the movies, brush and floss well, and then the aligners go back on.
6. Costs About the Same as Braces
You might be reading, thinking, “Sounds great, but we can’t afford Invisalign!” Surprisingly, Invisalign treatment is comparable in cost to traditional metal braces. Today, most dental plans cover Invisalign, too.
Knowing how reliable your teen is at making their bed, you might be concerned about them consistently wearing their aligners to complete their treatment plan. However, orthodontists confirm that most teens are actually more reliable in wearing their aligners than adults! The data shows that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours a day–exactly as recommended.
Make a consultation appointment today to find out if Invisalign in Hixson or Soddy Daisy is right for you. Give us a call at 423.870.5254 for Hixson and 423.332.5463 for Soddy Daisy.