Invisalign for Teens?
Q. My teen son needs braces, but doesn’t want braces. Are teens good candidates for Invisalign?
A. Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and using braces as a solution can exacerbate this lack of confidence. Invisalign uses removable aligners that have been custom-made for the patient’s teeth rather than wires and brackets. With Invisalign Teen, no one needs to know the patient is straightening his or her teeth, removing a potential source of anxiety and boosting confidence so they can be themselves. It’s important, however, that the patient wears the aligners as instructed. Check with your orthodontist to see if they offer a teen guarantee that if the treatment isn’t going as planned due to lack of compliance in wearing aligners, they’ll switch to traditional braces with no upcharge.
Joshika Kanabar, DDS, MS | Walnut Central Orthodontics | www.orthodontistdallastx.com