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Invisalign for teens continues to be one of the most popular orthodontic treatments out there. It’s a discreet way to correct orthodontic issues without sacrificing treatment quality. This set of removable plastic aligners allows you to get straighter teeth without needing brackets and wires.

At Guidry & Horaist Orthodontics, our orthodontists help teens across Lafayette and Morgan City, LA, achieve an aesthetically pleasing smile using these replacement aligners.

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen aligners are clear plastic aligners designed to correct orthodontic problems in teenagers. The compliance indicator on each aligner is the main difference between teen aligners and standard Invisalign for adults. This indicator changes from blue to clear the longer you wear the aligners throughout each two-week period.

The indicator is a fantastic addition because it’s easy to forget how many hours you wear the aligner during the day. You need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily to get the most out of your treatment.

How Does the Process Work?

The first step to getting Invisalign for teens is to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists. Our team will thoroughly examine your oral health and take a digital impression of your mouth using our state-of-the-art equipment.

We use the impression to make custom Invisalign aligners that match your teen’s mouth perfectly. For the treatment to work as it should, your teen needs to wear the aligners for the recommended length of time and keep up with all appointments.

We’ll determine if your teen needs new aligners based on the treatment progression. After achieving the desired results, we will fit you with a retainer to help maintain the results and keep the teeth from shifting back to their original position.

How Can My Teen Benefit from Wearing Clear Aligners?

A Discreet Alternative to Braces

Before Invisalign for teens became popular, many teens were apprehensive about braces because of their appearance. With Invisalign Teen, your teen can effectively straighten their teeth without anyone noticing. In addition, the appliances can correct their smile without the need for headgear or extra orthodontic appliances.

It’s Removable

Invisalign for teens is removable so your teen can enjoy their favorite food and drinks. Brushing and flossing are also more simple compared to conventional metal braces because they don’t have to worry about flossing around any appliances.

It’s Comfortable

Invisalign aligners don’t have wires and metal brackets. As a result, there is less risk of irritation to the cheeks and gums. Similarly, your teen doesn’t have to worry about restrictions to their active lifestyle.

Your teen can choose to wear their aligners or briefly remove them during games, sports, or other extracurricular activities.

It Fits Perfectly

Invisalign clear aligners match your smile perfectly because they are a product of 3D imaging and printing. The imaging and printing techniques used in the production of the aligners are accurate down to the unique curves of each tooth.

Taking Care of Invisalign for Teens

As with any orthodontic treatment, your teen must maintain excellent oral hygiene when using Invisalign for teens. They should brush and floss after every meal before putting the aligners back in. When taking their aligners out, they should properly store them in the case provided a the beginning of treatment to prevent damage or loss.

They can also use their toothbrush and lukewarm water to gently clean their aligners each day.