In the past, if your teenager wanted straighter teeth, there was basically one option: metal brackets, sharp wires and bright elastics. But while traditional braces are highly effective at perfecting teens’ smiles, they’re not exactly discreet. Many of the teen patients at Aura Orthodontics would prefer to keep their smiles (and high school memories!) metal-free. Fortunately, there’s a way for them to get the smiles of their dreams without the need for braces.
If your teen isn’t crazy about the thought of going through adolescence with built-in metallic hardware, that’s okay. Invisalign Teen is the perfect solution for those who want to straighten their teeth in a way that’s almost invisible. Invisalign Teen is specifically designed for younger, developing mouths, and Aura Orthodontics is the premier provider of Invisalign in the Fraser Valley. Curious to find out if Invisalign Teen is right for your kids? Here are 8 reasons our Surrey, Guildford and Abbotsford orthodontic patients love it.
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1. Invisalign Teen is Nearly Invisible
This is probably the feature our Invisalign Teen patients get most excited about. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to straighten your teeth, instead of brackets and wires. Made from a smooth, flexible, BPA-free material, your aligners are 100% customized to fit right over your teeth, making them barely visible. With braces, literally everyone you smile at or talk to will know you’re receiving orthodontic treatment. But with Invisalign Teen, we can confidently say that people will hardly notice.
2. Your Aligners are Removable
As you probably know, braces are a fixed teeth-straightening solution, meaning your brackets and wires stay in your mouth for the entire duration of your treatment. This has a lot of benefits: it ensures you comply with your treatment because you can’t take your braces out when you feel like it. But it can also cause more disruption to your life than you might want.
To achieve optimal results with Invisalign Teen, you have to wear your aligners as often as possible, at least 20-22 hours a day, every day. But you also have the freedom to remove your aligners while eating and drinking, or during sports. This means you can eat all your favourite foods, you’ll have an easier time brushing and flossing, and you can enjoy your favourite activities without worrying about damaging your hardware. Talk about a win win!
3. Oral Hygiene is Easier Than ever
Speaking of brushing and flossing, these simple tasks get so much more complicated when you have braces. Food can get stuck behind your wires or in your brackets, making it tricky to brush and floss effectively. But since you can take your aligners out when you eat, you can brush just like you always have. The only added step to your oral hygiene routine will be cleaning your aligners. After every meal, just brush your teeth and then give your aligners a wash with a toothbrush, toothpaste and lukewarm water. (Be sure to avoid hot water because the heat can ruin the plastic!)
4. Invisalign Teen is Extremely Effective
Every orthodontic treatment starts with your end goal in mind. After all, what’s the point of going through months or years with braces or Invisalign if you’re not getting results? When you choose Invisalign Teen, you can rest assured you’re getting a premier orthodontic service that works. As the Fraser Valley’s premier Invisalign providers, we use the latest technology, the iTero Element Scanner, to take digital impressions of your teeth and gums which helps us map out the ideal position for your teeth. This super precise method allows your orthodontist to create a treatment plan that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
5. You’ll Have Fewer Orthodontic Visits
We love seeing our patients’ smiling faces when they come through our doors. But let’s be honest, nobody really likes to go to the orthodontist. With braces, you have to see your doctor every month to get your brackets tightened. With Invisalign Teen, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks at home, no adjustments needed. You only have to visit your orthodontist every 6 weeks or so, and appointments are much shorter, so you can spend more time doing what you love.
6. See Your New Smile Every Step of the Way
The hardest part of going through any orthodontic treatment is the waiting game. You know what you want your new smile to look like, but you have to wait until treatment ends to see the real results, right? Not with Invisalign Teen! Our iTero scanner has a tool called the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which reveals the new you before you even get started. You can also use the Invisalign smartphone app to get a peek at your new smile all throughout your treatment.
7. Invisalign is Super Comfortable
A major downside to traditional braces is that they can be uncomfortable; the brackets and wires can irritate your lips and the inside of your mouth. Orthodontic wax can help alleviate discomfort but it can only do so much. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are smooth, flexible and completely formed to your teeth. They’re so comfortable you’ll forget you’re even wearing them!
8. Invisalign Costs the Same as Braces
Parents, this one’s for you. Despite common misconceptions, Invisalign Teen costs pretty much the same as braces, so you don’t have to worry about spending extra cash for a more discreet teeth straightening treatment.
9. Length of Treatment is the Same as Braces
People often think that treatment with Invisalign will take a lot longer than with braces, but that’s simply not true. No two mouths are the same, so the length of any orthodontic treatment varies from person to person. That said, the average treatment with either braces or Invisalign is about a year.
10. We’re Invisalign Teen Experts
When you work with the doctors at Aura Orthodontics for your Invisalign Teen treatment, you’re not only going to achieve excellent results — you also have the benefit of working with Platinum Invisalign Providers. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Koo and Dr. Lin are all specially trained in Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, so you know you’re working with the best. Ready to book your Invisalign Teen consultation? Call Aura Orthodontics today to take the next step towards your perfect smile.