Clear aligners like Invisalign are a particularly popular option for teenagers and adults.
The teenage years are often the best time to address orthodontic issues and achieve a healthier, straighter smile. But teenagers often have loads of other things to think about — between school, sports and a social life, these years can be particularly hard for many people. For those who need to undergo orthodontic treatment, clear aligners are often a very appealing option. A more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, clear aligners are easy to use and don’t interfere with most day-to-day activities. Read on to find out more about how this innovative treatment works, and why it is often the orthodontic solution of choice for teens…
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a series of custom-made aligners that are made from clear medical-grade plastic. They are customised to fit each individual patient comfortably, and because they are clear, they are hardly noticeable at all.
Clear aligners work by applying constant pressure to the teeth, forcing them to move into new (and better) positions over time. Every week or so, you will swap out your aligners for a new set until you achieve the results that you are hoping for.
Why are they so popular with teenagers?
One of the most appealing factors about clear aligners for teenagers is that they are virtually invisible. Teenagers who struggle with social anxiety or who simply don’t want to deal with the appearance of metal braces often choose the treatment because of the fact that it is so discreet. In fact, most people won’t even be able to tell that one is undergoing orthodontic treatment at all.
Another benefit of clear aligners for teenagers specifically is that they don’t have much impact on one’s lifestyle. They can simply be removed for activities like eating and drinking, as well as for brushing and flossing. In fact, because clear aligners are removable, it is easy to maintain proper oral hygiene habits when compared to braces.
Clear aligners do not require any dietary restrictions. While those with braces will need to watch what they eat and avoid foods that are particularly hard, crunchy or sticky, those with clear aligners just need to remove their aligners before eating and drinking all of their favourite foods and beverages.
Many teenagers choose clear aligners because of the comfort factor. The plastic from which aligners are made generally doesn’t cause any irritation in the mouth, and because they are custom-made, the aligners fit securely in the mouth.
How can we help?
At South Yarra Orthodontics, we offer orthodontic solutions for patients of all ages, and we love working with our teenage patients to find a solution that works for their needs and lifestyle. Invisalign is often a great option for teens as the treatment can effectively move the teeth into an ideal position in a very discreet fashion.
If you are considering Invisalign, we encourage you to come in for a consultation. We will then create a personal, virtual treatment plan with the help of 3D scans. This plan will help us to determine the amount of time you need to wear your aligners and how many sets you will need. It is important to understand that every patient’s journey is different, and the duration of your treatment will depend on a few factors, including your current oral health, the position of your teeth and your aesthetic goals.
If you would like to find out more about Invisalign and what the treatment process involves at South Yarra Orthodontics, please have a look here. If you choose to go ahead with the treatment, we will guide you through the entire process and address any concerns and questions that you have along the way.
If you would like to come in and see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange an appointment or give us a call on (03) 9131 1999.