Invisalign (clear braces) is a method of orthodontic therapy that is an “invisible” way of straightening teeth without using traditional braces. A series of clear, custom-fabricated aligners are used to gradually and sequentially move teeth to their desired positions. You wear each pair of aligners for a two-week period, allowing your teeth to gradually evolve into a smile that shows off the real you. Treatment length varies depending on your dental condition and the severity of your case.
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque build-up and eventually tooth decay.
With Invisalign, the aligners are taken out while eating, as well as brushing and flossing, eliminating the problem of food entrapment.
With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following: discomfort, mouth sores, trauma caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from effective brushing and flossing), plaque build-up, tooth discoloration, bracket breakage, or difficulty eating. As well, there are food restrictions such as: popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzel, nuts, certain candies, apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and more.
With Invisalign, the aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, as well as removable. That means you may continue to eat all the food that you normally enjoy.
The other advantage Invisalign treatment is that they are completely transparent and difficult to detect by others. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces.
With Teen Invisalign, you could be straightening your teeth without most of your friends even noticing. You don’t have to worry about sharp metal wires and brackets irritating your cheeks and gums – especially handy if you play sports.
And if you like popcorn or candy, go for it! With removable aligners, Invisalign Teen lets you pretty much eat whatever you want. Try doing that with braces!
And don’t forget about all the pictures you’ll be taking—school pictures, prom, team photos or even just snapshots with friends. Since Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, you can smile confidently while wearing them, or easily take them out for that perfect shot. You won’t end up with a lifelong reminder that you were getting your teeth straightened way back when.
While Invisalign Teen works the same way as Invisalign for adults, we’ve made it even easier for you to track your progress. Each aligner has a Blue Dot Wear Indicator in an inconspicuous location that is designed to fade over a two-week period, letting you know when a new aligner tray needs to be used.
Plus, we know that things can happen, like when you accidentally throw out your aligner with your lunch bag. That’s why you get up to six free replacement aligners. Everyone will be happy about that.