Most of our teen orthodontics patients would prefer to avoid traditional braces, as they can make them feel self-conscious about their smile. Invisalign Teen offers a discreet and effective way to correct crooked teeth, but you might wonder whether Invisalign can straighten teeth as well as traditional braces. Dr. Mohammad Izadi is a Towson, MD Invisalign provider with more information about Invisalign for teens and whether it offers long-lasting results.
How Do Braces Work?
The style of braces a patient wears will be dependent on their age, oral health needs, orthodontic concerns, and personal preference. All styles of braces, whether invisible, ceramic, or metal, are designed to straighten teeth over time by gently exerting pressure on the jaw. The underlying ligaments and bone shift to allow the teeth to move into the correct position to correct bite issues and straighten the teeth. Treatment length varies between the different styles, but is generally between six months and two years.
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to straighten your teeth without impacting the way you live your life and is designed to fit into your lifestyle, instead of you having to adjust what you eat and how you play.
Does Invisalign Teen Straighten Teeth Permanently?
Any braces treatment can result in orthodontic relapse later in life, but Invisalign for Teens can treat the same mild to moderate orthodontic concerns as an alternative to metal or ceramic braces. Traditional braces do not require the same strict adherence to treatment, as they are not removable, but with diligent use, the aligners can offer the same results.
Each set of aligners are typically worn for about two weeks, for 22 hours a day. While treatment times vary from patient to patient, the average treatment time is around 12-18 months. Dr. Izadi will outline exact treatment times before the start of care. The success of Invisalign, and the long-term effects, is dependent on strict adherence by the patient. It is critical that teens wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day, seven days a week for optimal results.
Invisalign Teen Orthodontist in Hunt Valley
If you are looking for an orthodontist that offers Invisalign® in the Hunt Valley, MD, Timonium, MD and Cockeysville, MD area for Teens, contact Izadi Orthodontics to schedule a consultation.