Invisalign® Teens


Invisalign® Teens at Raptou Family Dental, Columbus, OHFor many teens, appearances are important. Teens often put much thought into the clothes they wear, how they style their hair, and what accessories they carry. Crooked teeth can have a serious impact on the quality of their smile, and their overall appearance. Traditionally, crooked teeth have been corrected with metal braces. While effective, teens do not usually want to be remembered for a smile filled with metal. They may find braces more embarrassing than having crooked teeth. At Raptou Family Dental, we can help your teen to improve the quality of their smile in a much more discreet manner with Invisalign Teen.

What Is Wrong With Traditional Treatment?


There is nothing wrong with traditional braces. Braces are an incredibly effective treatment that is still commonly used today. However, despite their effectiveness, they do have several disadvantages. One of the biggest drawbacks of braces for your teen is that braces are incredibly visible. For many teens, metal braces can be more embarrassing than crooked teeth. Braces can also be uncomfortable. Brackets can rub against the intraoral tissues, causing sores. If your teen accidentally pops or breaks a wire, the wire can poke their cheeks, causing pain.

What Is Invisalign Teen?


Invisalign Teen is a treatment that provides your teenager with an invisible alternative to traditional metal brackets and wires. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners, which look similar to a sports mout guard, sit over the entire arch of teeth. Once in place, they completely disappear from view. No one will know that your teen is wearing anything. In addition to being completely invisible, Invisalign aligners are also removable. Your teen can eat all of their favorite food without restrictions. They can also brush and floss their teeth normally.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?


We create aligners for your teen based on digital impressions of their mouth. This technology allows us to show your teen what their smile will look like at the end of their treatment before we even begin. Treatment involves a series of aligners, which are made to be worn for two weeks at a time. Each set is slightly different from the one before it. The rigid plastic puts pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on your periodontal ligaments. The aligners then gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. Depending upon their needs, your teen may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets of aligners. Once treatment is complete, we provide your teen with a retainer to help them maintain their new smile.

Why Should We Consider Invisalign Teen?


There are many benefits to Invisalign Teen:
•  The aligners are completely invisible. Your teen can smile confidently without having their orthodontic appliances visible to the entire world.
•  The aligners are removable. This means that your teen can enjoy all of their favorite foods without worrying about popping brackets loose or breaking wires. Removable aligners also make brushing and flossing much easier.
•  Your teen needs fewer office visits. We provide them with several sets of aligners. With fewer office visits, there is less disruption in their, and your, busy schedule.
•  Shorter treatment time. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes less time than with traditional orthodontics. Average treatment takes 9 to 15 months, with most patients seeing results in less than a year.

If crooked teeth are affecting the smile, and confidence, of your teen, orthodontic treatment can help. With Invisalign Teen, we can help your teen to achieve their most beautiful smile in a completely invisible manner. For more information, and to find out if Invisalign Teen is right for your teen, call Raptou Family Dental at (614) 427-0449 today.

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