Do you need braces but are concerned about how they’ll make you look and feel? Maybe you still want to enjoy all your favorite foods and not worry about food getting stuck in your braces. Maybe you are in sports or music and are concerned about braces restricting your activities. Fortunately, there is a great alternative to metal braces: Invisalign Teen! Barakat Orthodontics is pleased to offer this alternative to our patients!
Invisalign Teen moves your teeth with clear, plastic aligners that are custom made to fit your teeth. Every two weeks you pop in a new set of aligners, moving the teeth just a bit more toward their ultimate location. About every eight to ten weeks, you will visit the orthodontist to check the progress of the teeth and make sure things are on the right track.
Benefits of Invisalign Teen
How cool would it be to have braces that no one could see? You could smile confidently and take selfies to your heart’s content! And with prom and yearbook photos, as well as senior pictures to be taken, you’ll want to be looking your best. Since the aligners are clear, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. Your smile won’t change and you’ll be more confident about how you look.
You likely have friends with braces who can’t chew gum or eat certain foods, and they often get things stuck in their braces and between their teeth that they have trouble removing. Invisalign trays are removable. You take them out when you eat and enjoy all your regular foods. You can brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, and then pop the aligners back in until your next meal. Just don’t forget to put them back in! The more you wear them, the quicker your teeth will align.
If you play sports you know how likely it is to have a blow to the mouth with a ball or another person’s elbow or knee. With Invisalign Teen you don’t need to worry about busting your lip open from the impact. Invisalign also leaves you free to play instruments with a mouthpiece without worrying about damaging your lips. You want to be able to concentrate on the activity at hand, not your braces.
Invisalign overlays don’t contain metal or wires, so there are less visits to the orthodontist, and there is no need for emergency repairs if a wire breaks or is protruding into your lips. This saves you and your parents time. The aligners also have blue indicators that fade as you wear them so you and your parents can make sure you’re wearing them as instructed. If you lose an aligner, Invisalign provides six free replacements.
Comparable in cost!
Your parents will be happy about this one. Invisalign Teen costs about the same as metal braces, and insurance companies usually pay as much for them as they would metal braces. And just like regular braces, you can set up a payment plan over the length of your orthodontic care, with no interest financing.
Now all you have to do is decide which is the better option for you! Some teens like that regular braces are always on their teeth and that they can choose fun colors to add to them. Others prefer all that we’ve covered above.
At Barakat Orthodontics, we love working with teens! We are friendly and attentive to your needs. We offer a free orthodontic consultation and diagnostic x-rays to discuss what you need with you and your parents. At this visit, you can ask questions so you can make the best decision for you. Contact us today at (703) 433-9330 for more information on the benefits of Invisalign Teen!