For teens and parents curious about Invisalign, here some answers to the frequently asked questions.
1. How Does Invisalign Teen Work?
Invisalign Teen operates the same way as Invisalign. It involves using a sequence of clear aligners to re-position misaligned teeth. These aligners are custom-made to fit each teen’s mouth, gradually shifting teeth into their desired places. 3D imaging is used to get a picture on your mouth before treatment and to create a projection of your full treatment plan.
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2. Is It Painful?
In comparison to traditional braces, Invisalign is less painful. Due to the lack of wires and brackets, the pain experienced is quite minimal. Some discomfort is normal as it takes time for teeth to adjust to new aligners, and after all, your teeth and jaw are moving.
3. How Long Am I Expected to Wear the Aligners?
On average, teens are expected to wear their aligners every day, for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This timeframe is mandatory to achieve the projected results. If you don’t follow your treatment plan, it can impact your progression.
Another advantage to using Invisalign Teen is that it has a Blue Dot Indicator, which wears down over time. This indicator is essential for keeping teens in-tune with when to change their aligner. It is a small marker on the back molars, which helps to inform dental professionals of your consistency.
4. Can I Drink or Eat with Invisalign Teen?
As far as eating and drinking with Invisalign Teen, it is not recommended. Only water is considered acceptable.
Before eating or drinking, teens are encouraged to remove the trays from their mouth. Clear aligners should be removed to limit damage to the trays and the buildup of plaque underneath.
5. How Long Will It Be Before I See Results?
Results with Invisalign Teen are quite evident in the early stages. Teens who have remained consistent with the treatment have noticed changes within 4 to 6 weeks. This is one of the reasons why staying consistent with the procedure is critical.
Our Dental Office Can Help Teens Improve Their Smiles
Thomas L. Anderson, DDS, and Associates is dedicated to helping patients of all ages. We offer a range of services and corrective procedures that can help individuals improve their oral health.
We proudly provide Invisalign Teen and encourage all patients seeking this treatment to contact us. Our team of professionals will clarify any questions you have regarding this orthodontic procedure.
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