What Do You Need To Know About Invisalign?


As a parent, it is important to understand as much as possible about things that could affect our child. The entire role of a parent is built around the fact that you do everything in your power to make sure that your child is taken care of, happy, and finds success in life. For this reasons, it is important, in our opinion, for parents to understand as much about our orthodontic treatments as possible. Orthodontics, by the very nature of the field, is a permanent solution to teeth positioning and is something that people should have a base knowledge of before they decide to make use of these services. Here at Camilo Riaño Orthodontics, we wanted to take some time in the next two blog posts to go over some of the facts that parents need to know when it comes to Invisalign Teen. Continue reading below to learn more.

What Can Invisalign do for Teens?


In the simplest terms, Invisalign Teen is designed to provide patients with a nearly invisible way to straighten their teeth without the normal problems and restrictions that are associated with traditional metal braces. Where regular braces require wires and brackets to straighten a patient’s teeth, Invisalign makes use of clear plastic aligners that are custom made for each patient’s mouth. All your teen has to do is wear the aligners as they would normal braces with new aligners introduced every few weeks to make slight adjustments to the alignment of the teeth. Below, we have listed a few answers to common questions parents have about Invisalign.

Q1: Compared to traditional braces, is Invisalign effective?


Any parent can tell you that raising a child and providing them with all of the things that they need is not cheap. Because of this, most parents want to make sure that when they invest in a service for their children it is worth the investment. Luckily, Invisalign Teen is a great investment in relation to orthodontics because they are just as effective as braces. When worn according to the recommendations of an orthodontist, the aligners are able to handle a wide range of orthodontic cases and can help in the correction of underbites, overbites, misaligned teeth, and gaps. IF you are worried that your teen might not be a good candidate for Invisalign, take a moment to consider that the vast majority of patients are eligible for this service.

Q2: How long does the treatment take?


Another question that parents have in relation to Invisalign Teen has to do with the amount of time it takes for the treatment to deliver the results that are needed. When compared to traditional braces, the majority of patients who decide to use Invisalign to straighten their teeth can expect a treatment period comparable to regular braces. While the length of treatment depends entirely on the amount of work that needs to be accomplished in relation to your teen’s teeth, most patients who use Invisalign can expect a treatment period of approximately two years. When moving teeth into the correct position, it is important to take the appropriate amount of time for the treatment to take effect to ensure that the results stick.

Q3: What advantages does Invisalign offer over traditional braces?


Anyone who has dealt with braces knows the issues associated with wires and metal brackets. These brackets can trap food close to the teeth that would normally not be there, potentially causing bacteria and plaque to build up at a faster rate than is normal. Invisalign allows for the removal of the clear aligners, meaning that patients are able to properly clean their teeth. Additionally, many teens worry about the fact that braces can cause injuries during sports due to the fact that mouthguards are not exactly designed to handle braces. Again, because the clear aligners can be removed, teens don’t have to worry about breaking a bracket or puncturing their cheek during sports activities.


Be sure to check back next week as we continue to cover some of the most common questions that parents have in regard to Invisalign Teen. If you are interested in learning more about this orthodontic options, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today at Camilo Riaño Orthodontics in San Francisco.