Invisible braces are orthodontic appliances that are often impossible to notice when worn. The term is often used to describe clear aligners, which are transparent plastic trays used to straighten teeth, but invisible braces can also be used to describe subtler types of braces like lingual and ceramic braces. Invisible braces are typically used for cosmetic…
Can a General Dentist Administer Invisalign to Teens?
Patients often wonder if their general dentist can provide Invisalign to straighten their teenager’s teeth. The answer is yes. The dentist will examine the teen’s dentition to know the extent of misalignment and if Invisalign will be the best teeth-straightening solution. This article talks about how Invisalign for teens works and what patients can expect.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign is a unique teeth-straightening treatment. It is an excellent choice for teenagers who want to correct teeth misalignment without worrying about their appearance. It will be hard to tell that the person is undergoing treatment because the aligner trays are transparent. Teenagers can go to school and engage in their routine as usual.
The aligner trays will gradually shift the teeth into position, and the patient’s smile will start to improve. The changes are noticeable on the go. As the teenager wears the aligner trays, the teeth will move a few millimeters – the treatment progresses as they switch out the trays.
Determining the teenager’s eligibility
To know if a general dentist will recommend Invisalign for a teenager, parents must visit the office for a consultation. The dentist will check the teenager’s teeth and take x-rays. After obtaining the vital information, the dentist will recommend the most effective teeth straightening method for the teen’s teeth.
One of the major factors the dentist will consider before recommending Invisalign is compliance. Teenagers must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours daily for them to work. Therefore, if the teenager is not ready to commit to the treatment and follow the dentist’s instructions, Invisalign may not be the best choice.
If the teenager has a severe case of malocclusion, Invisalign may not be the best choice. For instance, cases of overbite require braces instead since they induce more pressure on the teeth for quicker and firmer movement.
Aligners for teens
Interestingly, teenagers have a higher success margin with Invisalign than their parents often anticipate. So, if Invisalign will be effective for the teenager’s teeth, the dentist will recommend the treatment.
Before now, dentists did not provide Invisalign to teenagers in most situations. This was mostly because they did not expect teenagers to stick to treatment, and many of them are still growing permanent teeth, meaning it will be harder to plan the teeth’s movement accurately. Invisalign for teens was developed to solve these issues.
The first issue (commitment) is solved by the addition of “compliance indicators” on the aligner trays. As the teenager wears the aligners, the colored dots fade gradually over time. This means dentists and parents can tell if the teenager has been wearing the trays consistently. Secondly, the issue of teeth eruption is solved by incorporating “eruption tabs” with the aligners created for teenagers. They are developed to preserve the space for teeth that have not developed completely.
More people, adults and teenagers alike, are opting for Invisalign to correct teeth misalignment. If you think your teenager might benefit from the treatment, bring them to the dental office for an appointment with the general dentist.
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