Invisalign as a Premier Choice for Adult And Teen Orthodontics
Do you have a teen bemoaning the prospect of braces? Or, are you in the market for straight teeth, but braces may not be your first choice? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that over 4-million people wear braces in the U.S. As a parent who may have had braces, you can likely sympathize with the protestations of your child receiving traditional braces. Even if you haven’t had them yourself, you’ve probably heard of the annoyances associated with metal brackets, food restrictions and awkward aesthetics involved.
Many orthodontists, adults, parents, and teens are in favor of an alternative option to metal braces. Invisalign is becoming steadily more desirable as a nearly invisible teeth-straightening solution in adult and teen orthodontics.
How Does Invisalign work In Adult Versus Teen Orthodontics?
As an increasingly popular choice in adult and teen orthodontics, Invisalign works the same – whether for an adult or adolescent – to straighten teeth by utilizing transparent aligners that look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A collection of trays is used in succession over time until teeth are straight.
Here’s how the process works:
- First, Dr. Riesenberger will take a mold of the teeth
- Then, utilizing a series of clear removable aligners (opposed to wires and brackets that need to be routinely adjusted), each set of aligners is swapped out approximately every two weeks
- It’s important to note that Invisalign aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day (any other time aside from meals or partaking in a special event)
- Typically Invisalign takes an estimated 12 months for full results
Common Questions About Invisalign
Now that you know a little more about how Invisalign works as an aesthetically favorable option, you probably have a few questions. After all, this significantly less obvious method of teeth straightening is much more than a less noticeable alternative to braces.
Do certain foods need to be avoided?
Unlike braces that prohibit certain foods like apples, carrots, popcorn, and candy, Invisalign doesn’t create a disruption in routine diet or impart any food restrictions. Since the aligners can be removed during mealtime, there is no risk of food getting stuck in-between brackets and wires, so there is much less risk of oral hygiene problems.
Will Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?
Yes! Common issues we encounter in adult and teen orthodontics, such as an overbite, underbite, overcrowding or gaps in teeth can be successfully treated with Invisalign. A full consultation with Dr. Riesenberger will confirm candidacy.
How much can I expect to pay for Invisalign?
Costs will vary, depending on what your dental insurance will cover. Once a treatment plan is devised, we can provide an estimate. Our expert staff members will help you assess your options through insurance and payment plans.
Will I Have to Pay for New Aligners?
In the event an aligner is misplaced, Invisalign will replace up to six aligners at no cost.
Invisalign Testimonials Straight From the Mouth!
If our information regarding Invisalign for adult and teen orthodontics has you leaning toward an option that many patients prefer, you may be even more convinced after reading a few testimonials of Invisalign success stories.
“I always get compliments now. I’m finally secure. Before I never really used to smile. Invisalign changed my life in many, many ways.” – Sandra (a young adult)
“Not having a perfect smile prevented me from doing a lot of things. The more and more that I wore them, I started to realize that I felt a lot more confident in myself with the trays in my mouth rather than when they weren’t. I love Invisalign teen has given me the confidence to be myself.” – Danni (junior in high school)
“I had braces back when I was in my teens. It’s a really tough time to think about. [My] two front teeth were basically buck teeth. Then, going through my 20’s I was realizing that my teeth were shifting back to buck teeth. Since I got the Invisalign treatment I have more confidence.” – Vicky (adult)
If you would like to know more about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, we’d love to set up a consultation with you. Please contact us today to get started, 215-968-5471.
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