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The clearer choice for straighter and more beautiful teeth
Being a teenager is not easy. It can be more challenging having to deal with the problem of crooked or misaligned teeth. Many kids avoid orthodontic treatment for fear of wearing metal braces. Whether concerned about attracting unwanted attention or creating a negative impression, teenagers prefer to keep a low profile when it comes to their dental problems. Invisalign Teen offers a way for the young orthodontic patient to eliminate such fears and potentially awkward moments.
Using a set of custom clear plastic aligners, the Invisalign Teen treatment program can straighten your child’s teeth without drawing unnecessary attention to them. The aligners are less noticeable than traditional wires and brackets, allowing the child to undergo treatment without anyone noticing the dental device on their teeth.
Invisalign Teen is the modern alternative to metal braces. It gives your growing young adult the confidence to flash their smiles and enjoy all the things that they love without any lifestyle compromises.
What is Invisalign Teen?
The Invisalign system provides a modern, hygienic method to create straighter and more beautiful smiles. The system works on still growing permanent teeth with many options to accommodate your child’s specific situation. The custom-made aligners are designed to gently and continuously move your child’s teeth in small increments that allow the ligaments to expand and contract naturally.
The aligners are comfortable to wear for long periods – even during sleep – and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. The invisible aligners do not mar the appearance of your child’s smile the way traditional metal braces can, so convincing them to undergo the orthodontic treatment will be a lot easier.
The teeth straightening system can be used to correct minor to moderate orthodontic problems such as overbites, underbites, overcrowding and spacing. To find out whether your child is a suitable candidate for Invisalign Teen, contact Face Value Dental at (07) 3221 0677.
What is the process like?
Invisalign Teen is designed to be simple and straightforward. As parents, you may wish to talk over some of the facts with your child. You may set up an appointment with one of our friendly dentists who will give further guidance on what to expect.
During the first consultation, the dentist will take digital pictures of your child’s teeth with the iTero imaging system. The custom-made aligners are created from an all-digital process that starts with the taking of digital pictures, as opposed to impression moulds. This system, developed by highly experienced orthodontists, allows for a more precise implementation of the treatment plan and eliminates inaccuracies associated with rescanning the clay model.
The pictures provide precise 3D image renderings that will map out your child’s tooth movements from the beginning to the end of the treatment. The series of aligners will be fabricated to fit perfectly at every stage of the straightening process.
Each pair of aligners (upper and lower sets of teeth) is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next set in the series. The number of custom-fit aligners varies for each person. The aligners are to be worn for about 20-22 hours each day. They can be removed allowing your child to eat, brush and floss as they normally would.
The Benefits of Invisalign Teen
Like the adult version, the custom-designed aligner trays are made from a high-tech plastic material for optimum comfort and precision. Although both the adult and teen versions work on the same technology and provide similar benefits – see above for the common benefits – Invisalign Teen has been specifically designed to meet the needs of a teenager.
The Invisalign Teen version uses coloured indicators to show whether the aligners are worn for the correct amount of time – represented by a faded colour. This makes it easier for parents to monitor their child’s compliance with ease. The teenager can also determine when it’s time to switch to a new pair of aligners.
Given the sporty and hectic lifestyle of today’s teenagers, it is not uncommon for them to lose one or two aligners during treatment. That’s why Invisalign Teen provides extra aligners to cope with this possibility. At least, that’s one less thing to worry about for the busy teen.
Invisalign Teen is designed to improve your child’s oral hygiene. Correctly aligned teeth can greatly reduce the potential for plaque build-up and cavities – which is especially common amongst younger patients. Invisalign Teen provides a compelling solution to eradicate oral ailments, thus preventing challenging problems in the future.
For more information on how Invisalign Teen can give your child an easier and more comfortable teeth straightening treatment, call Face Value Dental at (07) 3221 0677.