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Four Things You Should Consider Before Getting Invisalign Teen

DUNEDIN AND SPRING HILL, FLORIDA – Invisalign Teen is celebrating its fourth anniversary since its debut and has been trending among teens ever since. With its growing popularity, DUNEDIN INVISALIGN specialist, Dr. Albert Fontaine, wants to help teens make sure Invisalign Teen is the right treatment for them.

Having traditional metal braces as a teen can be cumbersome; Invisalign and Invisalign Teen were designed to alleviate the complications associated with conventional braces. For some teenagers though, traditional braces are the only solution.

“Invisalign Teen has helped my patients straighten crooked teeth and fix spacing issues,” says Dr. Albert Fontaine, a SPRING HILL ORTHODONTIST. “I believe it is a great option for the right patient. It works especially well for students who are athletes or musicians.”

A band member who plays a brass instrument will be very happy that his lip is not being pushed into metal braces. In addition, an athlete may experience trauma to the lips with traditional braces, especially in contact sports. Invisalign can actually protect the teeth and a mouthguard can fit right over the Invisalign tray, if needed.

Dr. Fontaine suggests four things you need to consider before getting the Invisalign Teen treatment:

#1. Complying with the Treatment

Are you a rebellious teen or the parent of one? Invisalign may not be the best option for you or your teen. The Invisalign Teen clear aligners have compliance indicator dots to show how often the teen is wearing them, and reassure the parent that they are actually using the treatment. It’s OK if you accidentally miss a little, but to see real change, you have to consistently wear the aligners.

“Parents, if you have a child who just isn’t going to cooperate and wear the aligners consistently, no matter how many dots are on the tray, it won’t work,” says Dr. Fontaine, ADULT BRACES provider in Spring Hill.

Dr. Fontaine also considers forgetfulness as another factor to take into account. If they are leaving their glasses or books everywhere, you may consider regular braces. Invisalign will replace a few lost trays for free, but it can slow the progress significantly.

#2. Treatment Must Last 18 Months or Less

The Invisalign Teen treatment is a worthwhile option for teens in need of fairly minor to normal orthodontic correction. At the maximum, the Invisalign treatment should last 18 months since there is some burnout of co-operation with teens. For orthodontic conditions requiring longer than 18 months to correct, patients should go with the more traditional route of fixed braces. Typically, treatment with traditional braces will take two years.

#3. First Bicuspids Must Have Erupted Before Invisalign

While the Invisalign Teen aligners do have room for erupting adult teeth, Dr. Fontaine recommends ensuring your first bicuspids already have erupted before beginning the Invisalign Teen treatment. This allows the trays to seat fully and maintain the archform.

#4 Gums Must Be Capable of Holding Invisalign Teen Aligners

Your child’s gum tissue can play a role in whether he or she can be an ideal candidate for Invisalign Teen.

“Ever heard of the saying ‘long in the tooth?’ The gum recedes slightly as we age and when you’re younger the gums are higher on the tooth,” says Dr. Fontaine, SPRING HILL ORTHODONTICS provider. “The tray doesn’t hold on as well when there is more gum tissue and less tooth showing.”

If your child has gums resting higher on the teeth, you will probably want to consider traditional braces for orthodontic treatment rather than Invisalign Teen.

A teenager’s oral hygiene routine can also affect the gum tissue. Gums have been known to swell due to lack of proper brushing, which makes it more difficult for the trays to fully seat. However, Invisalign would be preferable to braces if there is a hygiene problem or a lot of fillings.

“In our office, we suggest putting topical fluoride in the trays, if necessary. On the other hand, braces can hold food against the enamel. The best option is to have good home care first,” says Dr. Fontaine.

Invisalign Teen has helped millions of teenagers and teen celebrities since its launch in 2008. If you take these four points into account when deciding between Invisalign Teen and traditional braces, you’ll be on your way to finding the most effective way that will give you a beautiful smile.

“We’ve used Invisalign Teen with our teen patients and it works really well,” says Dr. Fontaine.

If you found that Invisalign Teen may not be the best option for your teeth, Dr. Fontaine’s office offers clear braces or ceramic braces as an alternative to the traditional braces to FIX OVERBITE or straighten CROOKED TEETH.

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