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Invisalign Teen – When to Start

When it comes to needing braces, teens and parents alike often cringe. The maintenance and hardware required with traditional braces can be frustrating and lead to self-consciousness issues. At Ragan Orthodontics, we offer a better alternative with Invisalign®. Using Invisalign®, teens can achieve the same results as traditional braces with a discreet design that will keep them smiling.

The Advantages of Invisalign®

Invisalign® Teen involves the use of clear aligners that are specifically tailored to fit the patient’s mouth. Through 3-D imaging, Dr. Ragan will be able to create a treatment plan that will adjust over time as your child’s teeth shift. Every two weeks or so, new aligners will be worn, gently shifting the teeth into position. The aligners are clear and barely noticeable. In addition, aligners can be removed during mealtimes, contact sports, or special occasions.

Not only are Invisalign® aligners beneficial for promoting positive self-esteem, they also reduce irritation in the mouth, and the length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces. Invisalign® treatment generally requires fewer visits to the orthodontist’s office, but occasional visits will be necessary to monitor progress and make any adjustments in future sets of aligners.

When is the Best Time to Start Invisalign® for Your Teen

If you are considering Invisalign® for your teen, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ragan today. It will be determined during your visit if Invisalign® is an effective form of treatment for your teen. Treatment with Invisalign® should not begin until all baby teeth are gone and adult teeth have come in. Your teen will need to wear Invisalign® aligners for 22 to 23 hours a day in order to have the best results. It will be important for your child to take good care of aligners to keep them clean. Excellent oral hygiene will be necessary in order to prevent tooth decay and staining, and beverages that can dye the aligners should be avoided in order to keep them clear.

Find Out More about this Popular Alternative

Contact Ragan Orthodontics today to find out more about Invisalign® including all of the treatment options, as some orthodontic concerns may require a different form of treatment. Each individual case requires personalized treatment. If Invisalign® treatment is suitable for your teen, it can typically be started past the age of 13. Adults have found Invisalign® to be effective as well, enjoying the convenience and attractive appearance of clear aligners.