One of the most frequently asked questions by parents and teenagers concerning Invisalign technology is whether or not their child is wearing the “gutter” trays long enough. Indicators on the upper gutter allow the dentist to estimate the total treatment duration. Some even change colors as they are worn, which means parents will see well if their teenager is wearing the device as they should. What other things should parents understand about Invisalign treatment for teens?
What happens if the teen forgets to take out a pair of trays? For starters, no one should panic. It is recommended that the teenager wears the gutters for 20 to 22 hours a day, and remove them only for eating and brushing their teeth. That being said, it does not matter if he or she forgets to take them out for certain things.
What happens if the teen loses a gutter? If either or both of the gutters are lost or damaged, the teenager must immediately notify his or her orthodontist who will likely instruct the teen to wear the previous gutter. Depending on the circumstances, the dentist will order replacement gutters to be sent to the office within a few days. Is your daughter 18 years old? Should she wear Invisalign or Invisalign Teen? The orthodontist will decide as to which option is the right one. Even if the teen can wear Invisalign for adults, they may well find more interest and comfort in Invisalign for teens.
What is the difference between Invisalign and Invisalign for teens? In fact, even though the principle is the same, teen gutters are more suited to the type of dentition common in adolescents. How long should a child spend with the orthodontist? Teenager Invisalign does not take much more time compared to conventional processes. After the initial appointment, the following appointments take place almost every 6 weeks. They are intended to check the progress of the treatment and to give the teenager the next sets of gutters to be used for the subsequent 6 weeks.
Does it work as well as traditional processes? Yes, provided the orthodontist has been well trained (folks should look for a qualified orthodontist with years of experience) and the adolescent is seriously following his or her treatment. If everything is done properly, it is as effective as other treatments.