Braces once used to be a rite of passage for children and teens, leading to the creation of a whole set of cultural references to mouths full of metal and wires. They were quite as painful as it sounds, but now, in the 21st century, there is an alternative in orthodontics for children and teens. Custom designed Invisalign treatments can straighten out the teeth and give anyone a beautiful smile. Best of all, Invisalign is not just for kids, but for adults too.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a set of transparent aligners that are worn over the teeth. Each aligner is custom designed through computerized orthodontics, ensuring the perfect fit. Aligners are nearly invisible, and can be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. They are removed to eat and to brush the teeth. Their invisibility can be important for children and teens, who can face teasing about their teeth or the braces they would have worn to correct them.
The treatment typically lasts for one year and can straighten out teeth, pushing them sideways or forward as needed. It can even rotate teeth if necessary. The end result is a set of perfectly aligned teeth that gives the patient a boost in self confidence. Invisalign is a highly successful treatment in orthodontics for children and teens, with an approval rate of 96% among all patients.
How it works
The Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with an orthodontist, who will create a custom treatment plan. Scanners are used to create a digital image of the teeth, and some doctors will also take physical impressions. The next step is to create a plan to align the teeth, with a set of aligners that apply the right amount of pressure at the right time to achieve the desired results.
Typically each aligner is worn for one week, and check ups are scheduled for every six weeks. Each set of aligners moves the teeth gently and firmly into place. The complete treatment can take up to one year.
Orthodontics for children and teens have been completely transformed by new treatments like Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, aligners are easy to wear and nearly invisible. Computer generated design ensures a good fit and exact alignment. Children and teens who are easily embarrassed like the fact that the aligners are nearly invisible. And all patients, children, teens and adults, are completely satisfied with the results.