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July 22nd 2019

Is Invisalign Right for My Teen?

Invisalign Teen Philadelphia Orthodontists Center City

Teenagers have the important job of learning how to get comfortable in their own skin. With all the physical and emotional changes that happen during adolescence, adding braces to the mix can derail any teen’s progress. However, orthodontic options like Invisalign Teen can actually boost a teen’s confidence, while straightening their smile at the same time.

Do Teens Understand the Responsibility of Invisalign?

One of the biggest parental concerns when it comes to teens and Invisalign is whether the investment will be worth it. Teens are notoriously good at slacking off, taking shortcuts, and avoiding responsibility. To be fair, not all teens fit into this category. However, teenagers are teenagers, and the last thing they may feel like doing is dedicating themselves to the very specific rules of their orthodontic treatment.

For parents who want reassurance that their child is wearing Invisalign as often as they’re supposed to, there is a built-in “insurance” plan for Invisalign Teen. On each aligner, there is a blue indicator dot that shows wear. Your Philadelphia orthodontist can tell immediately whether your teen has been following the rules of wear or not.

Explaining the Rules of Invisalign Teen to Your Child

All types of dental braces come with hurdles. Teens must be meticulous about cleaning their teeth, watching what they eat, and living with the difficulties that can arise from brackets and wires, like cut lips, cheeks, and gums. Teens who wear Invisalign, however, face a different set of challenges – and some might not call them hurdles at all but, rather, advantages.

During the school year, the only time a teen needs to remove their aligners is during lunch. The rest of the time, those braces are in place, minding their own business, not interrupting schoolwork, socializing, or otherwise. Teens can give presentations, hang out with their friends, meet with their teacher, sing or act on stage, play an instrument, play sports, and so much more while wearing Invisalign Teen – and no one will even know they have braces in place.

These perks are often enough to encourage your teen to keep up with the rules of Invisalign treatment, which include the following:

  • Wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.
  • Do not eat or drink while wearing the aligners.
  • Clean the aligners and teeth before snapping Invisalign back in place.
  • Change the aligners every two weeks or as indicated by your Philadelphia orthodontist.
  • See your orthodontist every six weeks or so for a check-up and to get new aligners.

Get Invisalign Teen from Center City Invisalign Providers

Teens are motivated to make Invisalign work for them. After all, this is the generation of Instagram and Snapchat and whatever is next. Appearance matters more than ever because photos and selfies are everywhere, and there are very few filters that can effectively erase metal braces from photos.

Find out if Invisalign Teen is right for your child. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Roberts & de Marsche, Philadelphia orthodontists and Invisalign providers located in Center City. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Roberts & de Marsche Orthodontics

William W. Roberts III, D.M.D & Tanja J. de Marsche, D.M.D
Orthodontists in Woodinville WA

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