Is Your Teen Ready for Invisalign?

Teens and Invisalign

You’ve heard all the hype about Invisalign, and now your teenage son or daughter is asking about having it done. Or, you may be more interested in the clear braces than your child is!

It’s not unusual for parents to be curious about an invisible braces alternative for their teen. Vanguard Dental Solutions has an Invisalign treatment option geared especially towards the teenager in your family.

Why Choose Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of clear, removable trays that gradually adjust teeth. They work similarly to how classic metal braces do, but without the brackets and wires. Adults and teens alike prefer these “invisible braces” because they confer the ability to:

  • Brush and floss much more easily than with metal braces
  • Eat whatever you want
  • Smile with confidence

Invisalign is great! But is it ideal for your teen?

Factors to Consider

Invisalign is a series of trays that your teen will get changed out as treatment progresses. Each tray has to be worn for around 20 hours or more out of every day. Your teen is responsible for taking the tray in and out, which can result in a few concerns.

If your son or daughter is prone to forgetting things, then there’s a good chance that you’ll need a couple replacement trays along the way. It’s easy to accidentally throw out a tray with the wrapper from a sandwich or misplace it after soccer practice.

Not properly cleaning both teeth and trays on a regular basis could also cause trouble. It’s easy to brush and floss with Invisalign, but if your child isn’t doing well with oral hygiene, then it’s pointless. Plaque trapped inside the tray will only speed up the tooth decay process – also leading to gingivitis or bad breath.

Lastly, your teen needs to be responsible enough to wear the trays for the majority of the day. The system won’t do any good if the trays are never worn.

Is your child ready for Invisalign? Perhaps you just won’t know until you give it a try. Call Vanguard Dental Solutions today to book a consultation.