Braces Without the Braces


Most people can agree that being a teenager is tough. Between the physical changes that happen in these formative years to the social and scholastic pressures that teens face every day, navigating these years is not an easy mission. Hormones during this stage of life are at an all-time high, meaning that the slightest thing can feel like the most important thing in the world depending upon the mood of the teen. Hearing that they may need braces, on top of all the other cosmetic issues that teens worry about, can often feel like adding insult to injury. Here at Camilo Riaño Orthodontics, we have some good news for teens who want to straighten their teeth but may feel hesitant because they fear that braces will wreck their look. Invisalign Teen has been proven to provide many of the same benefits as traditional braces while also having a few added benefits. In today’s post, we are going to go over the top reasons that teens choose Invisalign Teen over regular braces and some of the benefits that come about as a result of choosing this orthodontic option. Keep reading to learn more!

Invisalign Teen Changed the Game


Even though traditional braces have come a long way in terms of cosmetic appearance, there is only so much a person can work with when it comes to metal brackets and wires. Luckily, Invisalign Teen allows teens to take advantage of the orthodontic benefits of braces without all the hardware. Below, we have listed some of the top reasons that teens choose this orthodontic option.



  • Cosmetic Appearance: Invisalign Teen provides the straightening power of traditional braces without the physical and cosmetic sacrifices that are often associated with metal braces. Instead of having to deal with brackets and wires for years at a time, Invisalign Teen makes use of clear aligners that are custom-made for each individual patient and allow the patient to remove the aligners at any time. When the aligners are worn, they are nearly invisible to the casual observer, meaning that most people won’t even be aware that someone is wearing an Invisalign product.
  • Effective: In addition to being nearly invisible, Invisalign Teen straightens teeth as effectively as traditional metal braces. When worn as directed by the orthodontist, 20-22 hours every day during the course of treatment, Invisalign Teen can provide patients with straight teeth and a perfect smile. What’s more, the clear aligners are able to treat both mild and severe orthodontic cases including overbite, underbite, gaps between the teeth, and overcrowding.
  • Practical: As most people know, traditional braces require special care. Because the brackets and wires cover the front of the teeth, food and other substances have a better chance of getting stuck in the crevices between the teeth and the braces. In addition to this, braces make it very difficult for people to brush and floss in the way that they have become accustomed to, meaning that there is a greater chance for plaque and tartar to develop. With Invisalign Teen, these concerns are completely eliminated because the aligners can be removed. This means that teens are able to eat whatever they want without having to worry about whether or not food will get stuck in their braces.
  • Time: Like any orthodontic treatment, the length of treatment time depends on the severity of the patient’s case. While some people are under the false impression that Invisalign products take longer to work than traditional braces, in reality, they work in the same time frame as regular braces. For most patients, they will fall into a treatment range between 18 months and three years, with the average treatment time hovering around the two-year mark.



Check back next week as we continue to cover some of the top reasons that teens decide to go with Invisalign for their orthodontic needs. If you would like to learn more about our Invisalign services than can be gathered from this short blog post, please contact us today or give us a call at (415)-233-9061 to schedule a consultation. Based in San Francisco, we want to help as many of our neighbors as possible find the orthodontic solution that treats their case in a fast, affordable, and comfortable manner.

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