At Hoskinson Orthodontics it is our goal to not only create beautiful smiles but healthy smiles as well. We understand it is a big decision to begin orthodontic treatment and that is why we strive to provide the best in orthodontic care to our patients in the Scotia, Schenectady, Glenville, and Amsterdam areas. Teens often have reservations about starting orthodontic treatment when they think about traditional metal braces, which is why we are happy to offer the Invisalign Teen system.
The Invisalign Teen system is a great way for your teen to straighten their smile with confidence. This system utilizes new technology along with traditional orthodontic principles in order to create the perfect smile. Because each orthodontic case is different, each patient will have an individual treatment plan devised by Dr. Hoskinson. A set of custom-made aligners will be manufactured for your teen after we take an impression of the current state of their teeth and create a mold. After the plastic aligners are received, your teen will apply them to their teeth and the device will slowly move their teeth into the desired position determined by Dr. Hoskinson.
As mentioned, after your child visits with Dr. Hoskinson he or she will be on a specific orthodontic plan. This plan will consist of a series of clear aligners that will progressively shift their teeth into a straight smile. Depending on the treatment plan your teen could have anywhere from 18-30 different aligners. Each set of aligners will be worn for about two weeks and can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing. Typically, Dr. Hoskinson asks Invisalign Teen patients to come in for checkups every 4-5 weeks to inspect the advancement of your teen’s smile.
The Invisalign Teen process is lengthier in comparison to traditional dental braces. The reason is traditional braces are a more aggressive orthodontic treatment. The wires are tightened to force faster movement of the teeth and rubber bands are placed on the brackets to control alignment as well. Invisalign Teen takes a less forceful approach by using clear aligners that slowly mold your teeth into the perfect smile. The Invisalign Teen process is slower, but it is also less painful and more inconspicuous. Depending on the severity of the case, Invisalign Teen can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. We invite you to schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for your adolescent.
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign Teen is that it will straighten your teenager’s smile! Beyond creating a beautifully straight smile, many people find it beneficial that it is virtually invisible to the naked eye. No one will have to know that your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment besides the patient and Dr. Hoskinson. Another great aspect of Invisalign Teen is that the clear aligners are removable making it easier to eat, brush, and floss teeth. This also means that your child will have a less restrictive diet. When wearing traditional dental braces, one has to avoid certain sticky, sugary, or hard foods. With Invisalign Teen, you don’t have to worry about your diet restrictions as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and health!
If your teenager is in need of orthodontic treatment but feels hesitant when it comes to traditional metal braces, Invisalign Teen may be the answer for you! Should you have any further questions about Invisalign Teen or simply wish to book an appointment with Dr. Hoskinson, please don’t hesitate to contact our Scotia, New York office at (518) 372-3424. We look forward to seeing you!