Many teenagers may want to improve their smiles; however they are self-conscious about wearing braces.
Technology has changed drastically, offering several great choices for teenagers to straighten their teeth. Orthodontist Mark Sayed has all of these options available for teens in San Juan Capistrano, along with surrounding areas.
Metal braces are different from braces available a generation or even a few years ago. Braces today are smaller, flatter, and more comfortable. Years of research has resulted in braces and wires that move teeth more efficiently resulting in patients wearing braces for less time, less discomfort and with a better result.
A popular alternative, particularly among older teens and adults, is clear braces… Clear braces today are extremely hi tech and work as well as metal braces. They do not discolor like the clear braces in the past and are a fine choice for patients who want their braces to be less noticeable.
Invisalign Teen is a newer alternative teens have to straighten their teeth without wearing braces. Invisalign Teen is similar to adult Invisalign but has incorporated new features designed to address specific needs common and unique to teenagers.
Invisalign teen is of a series of clear custom made aligners that fit smoothly and comfortably on your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position.
• Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours every day-NO EXCEPTIONS.
•You must wear them all the time (except for when eating, brushing, flossing, playing sports or attending special occasions).
• The aligners are worn for 2 weeks and then you change to the next aligner.
• Office visits are typically every 6-8 weeks so we can check the progress and give you your next series of aligners.
IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE REMEMBER THIS: IF YOU DON’T WEAR THEM AS PRESCRIBED–THEY DO NOT WORK!
•Aligners can be removed for milestone events like prom & senior pictures
• Aligners can be removed to brush and floss so oral hygiene can be maintained
• No restrictions on eating and drinking
•Teenagers can keep up their active lifestyle, play sports and smile during social activities
•System often requires fewer office visits, shorter appointments
Invisalign Teen can effectively correct crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth and other orthodontic problems and for the right patient be a good alternative to traditional braces. But like any removable orthodontic appliance, teeth can only move teeth if the trays are worn as prescribed.