When you have dental misalignment, this could lead to serious problems with your oral health later in life. To help older patients find a solution without relying on metal braces, we could suggest a series of clear aligners. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist discusses how we use Invisalign®, and how this could help teenagers too!
The Invisalign® System
Essentially, the system will forgo the use of brackets and wires. Instead, patients wear a series of plastic aligners that shift the teeth into proper positions. Each set is crafted based on the iTero® digital images we take of the smile, which are combined to create a 3D digital impression. Each one is designed to fit comfortably and help correct your misalignment. They are also clear, which makes them nearly invisible when worn. Correcting misalignment could not only boost smile beauty, but also lower the risk of everything from tooth decay and gum disease to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), helping you enjoy optimal oral health.
Treatment for Teenagers
For teenagers, we can help improve alignment. If they’re just now starting orthodontic treatment, the procedure could take as long as 18 months to provide optimal results, which is still shorter than the time required for braces. However, if your child has undergone interceptive treatments in early childhood optimal results could be possible in as little as one year. We also have the Propel® Accelerated Orthodontics system, which stimulates the bone growth around the position of the teeth and helps significantly reduce the total treatment time. Teens must wear the aligners as recommended, and while they can be removed before meals, brushing and flossing, or for special occasions, they still must be worn between 20 and 22 hours a day.
Care for Adults Too
This option is also preferred for adults, as it doesn’t alter their professional appearance. For grownups, total results usually take one year. Each set is worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, and a set is then used every two weeks. There are fewer office visits, and being removable makes eating easier and lowers you to better care for your smile each day with proper brushing and flossing. Invisalign® is great for teens and adults. If you want to find out if they’re right for you, then contact our team to schedule a consultation and exam. We want to help you and your family enjoy even smiles!
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT COSMETIC ORTHODONTICS?
We would like to help patients of all ages enjoy better oral health. To learn more about treating an uneven smile in the teenage years, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.