Is Invisalign Teen Right for My Child
Posted on 04/07/2022

Being a teenager is full of new and exciting experiences. Your teen is changing and growing daily, which can sometimes present challenges, including orthodontic issues. If you believe your child is ready to begin orthodontic treatment in Bettendorf, IA, there are several great options to choose from.

At Mack Orthodontics, we'll work with you and your child to determine their orthodontic needs and provide the right treatment for their lifestyle. One treatment option popular with teens is Invisalign Teen - but what is Invisalign Teen and is it a good fit for your child?

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

Invisalign Teen is a teeth-straightening system that uses a series of clear aligner trays that fit over the teeth and slowly shift them into alignment during treatment. Each set of aligner trays is worn for 2-3 weeks before moving onto the next set in the series and is only removed for eating, drinking (aside from water), and brushing teeth. Gradually, teeth are moved into alignment to correct issues such as crossbites, overbites, underbites, and spread or crowded teeth.

The Benefits of Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen is a great option for patients who prefer an inconspicuous treatment and have less severe orthodontic needs. Compared to metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign Teen is also more comfortable and causes less irritation since there are no brackets or wires. Because the clear aligner trays are removable, regular oral hygiene is much easier and there are fewer places for food particles to become stuck compared to braces.

When Can Treatment Start?

All your teen's permanent teeth will need to have grown in before treatment can begin, but you don't need to wait until then to make your first appointment. It's highly encouraged that your child sees an orthodontist for the first time in early childhood. Seeing an orthodontist sooner allows them to more quickly catch any developing issues before they have the chance to turn into larger problems.

How to Care for Invisalign Teen

Since there are no tricky brackets or wires involved, caring for Invisalign Teen is fairly simple. The aligner trays should be cleaned regularly - at least 4 times a day following breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and before bedtime. Aligners can be cleaned using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild, clear liquid soap, and rinsed thoroughly. Make sure they are always put in their protective case when not being worn.

Top Quality Orthodontic Treatment in Bettendorf, IA

A great smile can go a long way in helping your teen build confidence and feel their best self, and Invisalign Teen is an ideal treatment for those seeking a less conspicuous option. If you'd like to learn more about this orthodontic treatment, Bettendorf, IA's Mack Orthodontics is here and ready to help. Contact us to make an appointment for your teen at one of our two office locations to get started on the road to a healthier smile today.