Is Your Teenager a Good Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?

As a parent, you want the best for your teenager. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an increasingly popular option for teens. Invisalign aligners are clear, removable, and can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues. However, not all teens are good candidates for Invisalign. Here are some factors to consider when determining if your teen is a good fit for Invisalign.

Maturity and Responsibility of Your Teenager

One of the most critical factors to consider when deciding if your teen is a good candidate for Invisalign is their level of maturity and responsibility. Invisalign aligners are removable, which means that your teen will be responsible for wearing them for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. If your teen has great brushing habits and fairly strong oral health, they would be a great candidate for Invisalign.

Orthodontic Needs

Invisalign can treat many orthodontic issues, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps, and bite problems. However, not all cases are suitable for Invisalign. More severe orthodontic issues, such as significant overbites, underbites, or skeletal problems, may require traditional braces. This one is difficult to assess by yourself. It’s best to reach out to us to help you determine what the full needs of your teenager are.

Compliance with Treatment

Achieving the desired results with Invisalign depends on the maturity and responsibility of your teenager, as it requires strict adherence to the treatment plan. Invisalign aligners are designed to gradually move teeth into the correct position, and unlike traditional braces, they are changed every one to two weeks. By following the prescribed treatment plan and wearing their aligners for the recommended time, your teen can ensure that the treatment progresses smoothly. If your teen is committed to the treatment plan, Invisalign can be an excellent choice for achieving a straight and beautiful smile.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, your teen must remove their aligners before eating, which means that they may be more likely to brush and floss after each meal. If they already have a strong routine of brushing their teeth, this may not be a concern. However, if your teen struggles with maintaining good oral hygiene habits, Invisalign may not be the best option for them.

Comfort Level & Personal Preferences

Invisalign aligners are made from smooth plastic material and are generally more comfortable than traditional braces. However, some people may experience discomfort or irritation from the aligners. Invisalign could still be the best option as it still has a higher comfort level than traditional braces. Traditional braces tend to cut the lips of the mouth and restrict the types of food that you can have. With Invisalign, all you need to do is pop out your aligners, eat like normal, then you can put your aligners back in.

In many cases, teens may want to elect Invisalign aligners because they would prefer a teeth straightening option that is less noticeable. With properly maintained aligners, you can essentially hide the fact that you have Invisalign at all. For school photos, graduations, and other activities, Invisalign can hide the look, but you still get the benefits!

If You’re Not Sure, Ask Your Dentist!

Invisalign can be an excellent orthodontic treatment option for many teenagers, but it’s not right for everyone. When considering Invisalign for your teen, it’s essential to evaluate their maturity, orthodontic needs, compliance with treatment, oral hygiene habits, comfort level, and the cost of treatment. With careful consideration, you can determine if Invisalign is the right choice for your teen’s orthodontic needs. If you’re unsure whether or not your kid is a good candidate for Invisalign, book an appointment with us and we can help determine which route is best!