Invisalign Teen vs. Traditional Braces

Invisalign Teen vs. Traditional Braces
Posted on 09/09/2015

For active teenagers who want a straighter smile with minimal disruption to their busy routines, Invisalign Teen can be a good alternative to traditional braces.

This treatment is based on the Invisalign technology, which repositions the teeth by applying pressure to them via sets of clear plastic trays. The patient receives a number of sets of these trays and switches them out based on the schedule provided by the orthodontist. The trays can be removed, but the patient must wear them at least 20-22 hours a day to achieve the desired results in the anticipated timeframe.

Here’s a comparison of various aspects of Invisalign Teen and traditional braces:

Convenience: It’s easier to maintain your normal routine in many areas if you choose Invisalign. You can remove the trays to brush and floss your teeth normally, while patients who wear standard appliances have to use special tools to work around the brackets and wires. Additionally, with Invisalign you won’t need to come into the office for appointments as often. You take care of the adjustments at home when you swap out your trays, so your orthodontist will only need to check on your progress periodically rather than have you come in every few weeks to have wires changed.

Comfort: While all orthodontic treatments may cause some discomfort as they reposition the teeth, Invisalign won’t cause any injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth, as the sharp-edged brackets and wires associated with conventional braces can.

Nutrition: You don’t need to eliminate your favorite foods from your diet to straighten your smile with Invisalign. Because you remove the trays at mealtime, you don’t need to worry about foods that have the potential to damage your appliances. Eat as much corn on the cob as you want (but still keep sweet sticky treats to a minimum to benefit your oral health!).

Appearance: Without unsightly metal brackets and wires, Invisalign allows you to showcase your smile throughout your treatment. You don’t have to wait for months on end to enjoy your new smile. Of course, it does take time to achieve the desired results, so you may not notice changes for several months.

If you want to look and feel your best while undergoing orthodontic treatment, consider Invisalign Teen. Discuss this treatment option with our team to learn more about its many advantages in comparison to traditional braces. Contact San Antonio Orthodontics at 210-543-8000 today to schedule your informative consultation.