Invisalign Teen Bolton

Invisalign Teen

Being a teenager isn't easy and many teens are sensitive about their appearance. Wearing braces can have a huge aesthetic impact and in the past the only option was fixed wire braces which were highly visible. Fortunately, due to innovations in dental technology, there's more options for teeth alignment than ever before. Invisalign teen is specially designed for teenagers making treatment easy and effective.

What is Invisalign Teen?

In the past, traditional braces were made from wire, elastic and metal and fixed in place in order to put constant pressure on your teeth. Invisalign is an relatively new orthodontic development which attempts to minimise the aesthetic impact of having to wear a brace. Invisalign is designed to work as discreetly as possible, and it's very hard to tell someone is wearing an Invisalign brace. Invisalign produces results similar to those of conventional braces, throughout the process teeth are gradually moved through use of a set of transparent plastic aligners. The brace itself is very thin meaning that it is very hard to spot and can be used in a variety of public or social situations and is thought to be more comfortable than its traditional counterparts. Invisalign be used to effectively combat a number of orthodontic problems including crowding, gaps in your teeth or crooked teeth. Despite the fact that Invisalign treatment is suitable for a great deal of orthodontic issues, it can't fix all problems. For more severe orthodontic problems, a traditional style brace which puts a larger amount of constant pressure on your teeth may be better suited. Invisalign can also be used to treat patients who have allergies to certain types of metal used in the brackets or wires of conventional braces.

Invisalign Teen uses the same basic process as normal Invisalign but with a modified system in order to better suit your average teenager. Many dentists were reluctant to prescribe Invisalign due to the responsibility on the patient for their treatment. Unlike fixed braces, Invisalign is completely removable and many teenage patients lost or damaged their aligners and in some cases didn't wear them enough. If the aligner isn't properly used it can often mean that a fixed brace is required and treatment times prolonged. To help combat this, Invisalign Teen comes with several free aligners to replace any missing or damaged ones. This also serves to speed up treatment time as there's no need to commission replacement aligners.

Invisalign Teen also comes with marker tabs which show when your aligner needs to be changed by the proceeding one in the set. This allows your dentist to check that your treatment is proceeding at the correct pace and shows whether or not the aligner has been worn sufficiently. These features mean that treatment is much more likely to be completed on time and also helps reduce the number of follow up visits. As with normal Invisalign, the teen version can't be used to treat very severe orthodontic problems which may require the use of a fixed brace.

How is Invisalign Teen fitted?

Prior to being fitted with Invisalign Teen you will consult with your dentist so that your teeth can be thoroughly examined. A mould is taken using dental putty as well as a number of photographs of your mouth from different angles. Using the mould, a 3D model of your teeth is created digitally at a specialist laboratory. You're aligners will be designed using this digital model and then sent back to your dentist. You'll be instructed how to use and care for your aligner and it's important to follow all instructions to ensure treatment proceeds correctly. Invisalign Teen is completely removable, so you can eat or drink what you want during the treatment period. It's also possible to brush your teeth or floss as you would normally. Due to the fact there's no metal wires or brackets involved patients report that Invisalign is very comfortable when compared to traditional braces. The lack of brackets and wires also means you'll need less follow up visits as there's no need for constant adjustments (although you'll still need some follow up visits). The aligners in the brace move the teeth in the same way as traditional braces, by putting gentle but constant pressure on your teeth. However a key difference between Invisalign and conventional methods is that the timing of the application of force is controlled which means that only certain teeth will be allowed to move at each stage.