Teens these days have a lot on their plates, between school, extracurricular activities, and social media “management.” Finding out they’re facing braces can add one more source of stress to an already lengthy list! Modern orthodontics have come a long way in recent years, and braces are now less obvious and more comfortable. However, it can still be difficult for us to shake the stereotype we all grew up with of a miserable teen with a mouthful of metal.
Although crooked teeth may keep your teen tight-lipped, the idea of wearing traditional metal braces may make them clamp down even more. Invisalign Teen is an alternative orthodontic treatment with all the benefits and none of the bad stuff.
Let’s take a look at what makes Invisalign such an excellent treatment option for teens!
Invisalign Teen is a clear aligner system providing a nearly invisible way of straightening teeth using clear, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teen’s teeth. These aligners replace the wires, brackets, and bands that traditional braces use.
If we’re being honest, image is important. Being able to feel like they fit in with their peers plays a big part in a teen’s self-confidence and self-esteem. During a recently conducted Teen Confidence survey, Invisalign found that teens wearing their clear aligners were almost 70% less likely to be teased than those wearing traditional metal braces. That’s a pretty significant statistic, and one that’s hard to ignore.
In that same survey, the results showed that teens wearing Invisalign aligners were more likely to experience a boost in self-esteem while in treatment than those wearing metal braces. Unfortunately, middle and high school is timed to coincide with the height of hormone-based craziness, and kids can often be teased for appearing different in any way. Being able to straighten their teeth in a more subtle way means they can skip all the self-conscious stuff and focus on cultivating their self-confidence instead!