Chances are if you’ve found your way here, you are probably considering orthodontic treatment and want to learn more about your options. That’s great! There’s nothing better than taking a proactive approach to your orthodontic care. Keep reading to learn about Invisalign for teens.
A proactive approach will serve you well when it comes to Invisalign. As a teen, Invisalign for teens can make the difference when it comes to finding an option for orthodontic care that is effective and fits with your lifestyle. Here at Serrano Orthodontics, Dr. Paul and Dr. Andrew know how to provide great orthodontic care that won’t get in the way. Read on to learn more about Invisalign for teens.
It can reduce social anxiety.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics confirmed what may seem obvious to most of us. Namely, that orthodontic treatment significantly impacts teens’ self-perception as attractive, and unsurprisingly, this led to a significant increase in overall self-esteem! The research is clear—your smile has a lot to do with self-esteem.
The study drew a clear line between the degree of malocclusion present in each test subject (that is, the degree to which their orthodontic health was affected by improper tooth growth or movement) and a subject’s perceived aesthetic impairment. That is to say, the degree to which a subject was unhappy with their appearance as it relates to their smile, jawline, or other features relevant to orthodontics. This means that not only is it essential to treat orthodontic issues for reasons directly related to overall oral health but addressing one’s sense of self-worth is also an important consideration!
At Serrano Orthodontics, we know that your self-esteem is vital to you. Not only that, but your oral health is also equally critical!
The same study demonstrated that orthodontic treatment presents a positive psychological effect on teens independent of the degree to which they suffer from actual malocclusion. Meaning taking control of an aspect of one’s oral health, particularly one related to appearance, has a very positive connotation for teens.
While social and psychological considerations are important, it happily turns out that your teen years are also the best years to seek orthodontic treatment from a purely medical perspective. Let’s find out why!
Teen Years Are Ideal For Orthodontic Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists says that the average age for beginning orthodontic treatment is between 12 and 14. But why is that? By the age of 12, children have most likely finished losing their primary teeth (baby teeth) and their permanent teeth have come in. Once the permanent teeth have erupted, then Dr. Andrew or Dr. Paul Serrano can properly assess the type of orthodontic care that will be appropriate. Then they can develop a treatment plan, diagnose any bite problems, and apply the proper measures to ensure you can unlock your absolute best smile!
Invisalign: What is it?
Great question! Invisalign is an advanced set of clear aligning trays that fit snugly over your teeth and gently move them into position over time. Much like traditional bracketed braces, the process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to render a full course of treatment.
Also, much like traditional braces, they are prescribed and administered by a trained orthodontist (or at least, they should be!).
While you may find a doctor or dentist offering Invisalign treatment, trusting a specialist who is
trained in moving teeth is the most logical choice – like Dr. Andrew or Dr. Paul of Serrano Orthodontics. They have over 40 years of experience creating beautiful smiles!
How does Invisalign work?
To start with, you’ll come into Serrano Orthodontics for a free consultation. Then, Dr. Paul or Dr. Andrew and our skilled team will leverage the latest imaging technology to take a detailed scan of your teeth and jaw, at which point they will determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Once you’re cleared for Invisalign, we’ll 3-D print your first set of Invisalign trays, and your treatment can get started! Dr. Paul or Dr. Andrew will develop an individual plan to ensure the best possible outcome for you. After about two weeks, you’ll come back to the office for a new set of aligners, making tiny micro-adjustments to your teeth, bringing them closer and closer to your perfect smile!
Is Invisalign comfortable?
If you’re like some of our patients, you might have the idea that Invisalign may not be particularly comfortable. Well, never fear! It turns out that Invisalign is absolutely one of the most comfortable options out there when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
Since Invisalign is composed of a clear plastic material without any wires or edges, there isn’t any danger of snagging your cheek or lips on loose metal. Not only that, Dr. Paul or Dr. Andrew will customize each tray specifically for your oral profile. That means the fit will be so perfect you may not even realize you’re wearing your Invisalign trays!
And since Invisalign trays are removable, you don’t have to worry about eating certain foods.
Don’t take our word for it – Come in and see!
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Invisalign for teens. We know your teen years are important, and you want orthodontic care that speaks to you and your needs. Luckily, at Serrano Orthodontics, consultations are always 100% free, so you don’t have anything holding you back!
Come find out why we are the premier choice for orthodontic care in Phoenix and Chandler. Our patients are our family, and our family deserves the best. Call today!