It’s no secret that the teen years are tough. What brand your jeans are, how you look, even something as simple as the way you wear your socks is enough to make or break you on any given day of the school week. Hormones are at an all-time high, and even the smallest of things can feel like a life or death situation depending on the mood you’re in. One of Charles Dickens’ most quoted lines begins, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” and if I didn’t know any better, I’d assume he was talking about the tightrope walk of being a teen.
Finding out you need braces on top of all that can feel like adding insult to injury, but Starting Point has some good news for you – Invisalign Teen! Let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons Invisalign Teen is the top choice in orthodontic treatment for teens everywhere.
1. Invisalign Teen is the almost invisible option for straightening teeth
Invisalign Teen is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without the restrictions that often come with traditional metal braces. Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. You wear them over your own teeth and change them out for a new set of aligners every two weeks. Over time, your teeth gradually shift into place, resulting in a straighter, more confident smile.
2. Invisalign Teen is as effective as traditional braces
When worn as directed – keeping your aligners in for 20-22 hours every day throughout the course of your treatment – Invisalign Teen can be just as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. It can also effectively treat mild to severe cases, which often include issues like underbite, overbite, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth. You’ve got a great chance of being a good candidate for Invisalign Teen!
3. Invisalign Teen is more practical than traditional braces
Traditional metal braces come with quite a few restrictions and considerations. Because the Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, many of those concerns disappear. You can play sports without worrying about being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause damage to your braces and your sensitive cheeks and gums. You won’t have to miss a beat if you play a musical instrument since there won’t be any bulky braces getting in the way.
One of our favorite benefits of Invisalign Teen? You can eat whatever you want! Popcorn, apples, even a little chewy candy every now and then. The removable aligners also make it easy to brush and floss afterwards to maintain that ever-important good oral hygiene.
4. Invisalign Teen reduces anxiety about your appearance during orthodontic treatment
As adults, it’s often easy for us to underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about just about everything, including crooked teeth. Even though braces are a long-term solution for that particular problem, they can often make that lack of confidence even worse.
Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of real anxiety, since the clear aligners are virtually invisible. No one needs to know you’re in the process of straightening your teeth, giving you increased confidence in your smile even before treatment is complete!
5. Most teenagers are eligible for Invisalign Teen
Invisalign is appropriate for anyone who has their permanent teeth, which includes most teenagers. A trained orthodontist will have to evaluate your specific dental issues to determine whether or not you’ll be a candidate!
6. Invisalign Teen treatment takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces
The actual length of any orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of your condition, but the average treatment time of Invisalign Teen is about the same as with traditional metal braces, usually anywhere from 18 months to 3 years.
7. The cost of Invisalign Teen is comparable to traditional braces
Costs for any orthodontic treatment will vary based on location and the complexity of treatment, but Invisalign Teen costs about the same as traditional metal braces. Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen is also covered by many dental insurance policies, and Starting Point uses CareCredit, which offers a variety of low minimum monthly payment plans.
8. Invisalign Teen are easy to wear and maintain
Invisalign Teen is only at its most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. There’s a built-in system to track compliance, with blue indicators on the aligners that fade over time, but only when they’re used as directed. You don’t want your orthodontist to see a bright blue indicator! Recent clinical study data showed that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended, so we know you’re totally capable of being responsible with them.
9. No need to worry about losing your Invisalign Teen aligner
It happens to the best of us! Sometimes you just have one of those days, and if it’s a day that ends in you losing an Invisalign Teen aligner, you can sleep easy knowing each treatment comes with six replacement aligners for free. You should inform your orthodontist right away if you do lose an aligner, so you won’t have to skip any of your treatment time.
10. Fewer orthodontist visits with Invisalign Teen
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. Since there are no adjustments to make or broken wires to fix, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every four to six weeks after your initial appointment. This is great news for busy teens and families!
Invisalign Teen in Kansas City
Starting Point is proud to be a provider of Invisalign Teen in Kansas City and Overland Park.
We are committed to providing every patient with the best possible treatment options, and take all the time needed to explain and make sure you understand every step. We’ve designed our office to be open and inviting, providing a fun, welcoming setting where you’ll be provided with the highest quality orthodontic care!
If you’re looking for more information on braces in Kansas City, including Invisalign Teen, get in touch with our team today to set up a time for your first appointment. We look forward to giving you the smile you’ve been dreaming of!
Starting Point Dental is the starting point for healthy smiles. Our mission is simply to be the best in all areas of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in Overland Park and Kansas City. Contact our Kansas City pediatric dentist today.