Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces for both teens and adults. Invisalign has the capability to treat even severe corrections. This treatment uses clear aligners that are worn in a series over time to gently move teeth into place. The aligners are removable for easy cleaning, drinking, and eating.

Is Invisalign Treatment Just As Effective as Braces?

Invisalign is a discrete treatment making this a popular choice for teens. There are no wires or brackets, and the aligners are smooth and comfortable when worn. If the aligners are worn properly, and for the recommend length of time, this treatment is very successful for teens. Invisalign can correct an overbite, underbite, crowding, and gaps.

Is My Teen a Good Candidate?

To determine if your child is a good candidate we recommend starting with an orthodontic consultation in our office. Most teens are good candidates, and Invisalign can give great results. Depending on the level of correction needed and their age, will determine the best treatment plan to give your teen a beautiful smile.

What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?

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Invisalign trays come with a blue indicator to help indicate if your teen has worn the trays for the required amount of time.

Removable Aligners

Invisalign aligners are removable and easy to clean. This is helpful for teens who play sports. There is no need to worry about getting hit in the mouth like with braces. If your teen plays an instrument the aligner can be removed. Brushing and flossing is a lot easier when you can remove your clean aligner. This helps teens to really keep up with their oral hygiene and get those hard to reach areas.

No Food Restrictions

Traditional braces require some food restrictions. Invisalign aligners can be taken out while eating so your teen can enjoy all the snacks and healthy foods they love.

Invisalign Is Discrete

Teens tend to go through a lot during their teenage years. Self-image is important, and some tend to be self-conscious about how they look. Invisalign gives teens a discrete treatment that can produce beautiful results. Teens can feel comfortable wearing their clear aligners around others because they are invisible.

Saves Time

Invisalign does not require any hardware adjustment or repair like traditional braces do. This helps to decrease the time spent in our office. Typically we have patients using Invisalign come in every four to six weeks to ensure treatment is going well.

Interested in Finding Out More About Invisalign?

Invisalign is just as effective as braces, and as long as your teen wears the aligners properly you will have amazing results. Schedule your teen’s consultation today, and we can get them on the way to a straighter smile.

To schedule your consultation contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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An Orthodontic Expander or a Palate Expander is a metallic device that is used to enlarge or expand the upper jaw. It is used by people who have an imbalance in the growths of their upper jaw and lower jaw. Expanding a bone may sound a bit terrifying, but this process is done gradually so that it becomes tolerable. The unbalanced jaw growth can also be spotted at an early age by experienced professionals. However, this process becomes more difficult and painful if not treated soon enough.

When is an Expander needed?

An abnormal upper jaw growth means that its growth isn’t aligned with the growth of the lower jaw. If this condition is not treated at the right time, a person can suffer from crossbite later in their age. Crossbite is a type of malocclusion (dental misalignment) in which a tooth doesn’t have its corresponding tooth in the other jaw, properly aligned with it. So during a bite and chewing, teeth collide with each other thus and gradually deal a lot of damage.

Orthodontic Expander Its Need And Use

To avoid such a situation, people get Palate Expanders fixed in their mouths by an Orthodontist. An upper jaw Palate Expander very slowly and gradually stretches out the Palate’s Cartilage and Bone to create more space in the mouth. A lower jaw expander doesn’t affect the position and growth of bone. Instead, it repositions the teeth.

The ideal age for getting an Expander installed

Expanders are usually placed at an early age. During the age of 7-14, a child’s mouth is undergoing structural development. The bone and cartilage is soft and being shaped. It is possible to harness their growth during that time. If an expander is placed correctly and at the right time, it can control the growth and development of jaw bones if there is any abnormality to them. For boys, the ideal age of getting an expander is around 13-14 years, and for girls, it is 12-13 years. Also, they can be used for ages greater than that, but they aren’t as effective as they are in their recommended age. If a person has a chance of getting a crossbite or any other malocclusion, and if it goes unnoticed, it can lead to major dental issues in the longer run. Expanders can be a bit uncomfortable and painful, and there are a few side effects attached to them. However, the pain and pressure fade away with time. Side effects can include headaches, difficulty in speaking, production of extra saliva, and a few more. However, with time, a person gets used to it, and all these troubles are worth it. With the fixation of jaw positions, a person becomes able to eat properly without any hassle and gets rid of the worries of having oral conditions.

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