As your choice for an orthodontist in Lawrence and Topeka, it’s our aim here at Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics to help all our patients achieve straighter and healthier smiles. With a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, including traditional metal braces, we’re more than capable of helping teenagers achieve their best smiles. However, the problem with traditional metal braces is that many teenagers are very conscious about their appearance and don’t want to be seen wearing these highly visible braces. Thankfully, there’s a terrific solution to that – Invisalign Teen!
What Is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth as it doesn’t require metal brackets or wires. Instead, this treatment uses clear, plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. This means that a patient can straighten his or her teeth without anyone else knowing. As an added benefit, the aligners are removable. Because the aligners can be removed at any time, a patient can continue to eat whatever he or she wants since there’s no worry about breaking the orthodontics. Also, oral hygiene remains as simple as ever since there’s no brackets or wires to clean around.
While Invisalign was previously meant only for adult patients, Invisalign Teen threw in a few modifications to make them perfectly suitable for teenagers. One of these additions was the inclusion of eruption tabs, which hold open space for an adolescent’s teeth that have yet to erupt. The second improvement came in the form of compliance indicators, which are colored dots on the back of the aligners that fade away when Invisalign Teen is being worn as recommended. Many doctors worried that their teenage patients wouldn’t want to keep their aligners in as required so with this new feature, doctors will know if a patient is obeying instructions.
How Invisalign Teen Works
Our Lawrence and Topeka Invisalign Teen treatment works in the following way:
- You’ll receive a series of aligners (typically somewhere between 18 and 30) from us.
- You’ll wear each set of aligners in a designated order for two weeks.
- During this time, you should leave them in for about 22 hours per day, only taking them out to eat and clean your teeth.
- You’ll need to visit your orthodontist in Lawrence and Topeka once every eight or ten weeks to make sure that the treatment is proceeding as planned.
- This treatment will continue until you’ve worn the last set of aligners, generally lasting for about six-to-15 months.
What Conditions Can Invisalign Teen Treat?
With Invisalign Teen’s advanced technology, it’s capable of treating a variety of dental and orthodontic problems that were typically only treated with traditional braces. Some of these conditions include:
- Crowded Teeth
- Spaced Teeth
Contact Your Providers of Topeka and Lawrence, KS Invisalign!
If you have any questions about our Topeka and Lawrence Invisalign Teen treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’ll be glad to help you in any way that we can! If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your orthodontist, feel free to fill out our appointment request form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!