In their pre-teens and teenage years, kids get taller, their voices deepen, and their interests shift with the seasons. They’re also growing in ways that you can’t see. One such area of growth is the mouth and jaw, which continues to grow during this time.

That’s why the period between the ages of 10 and 14 is often when kids will be outfitted with braces in order to move their teeth into their correct, straightened positions: teeth have stopped growing in but the jaw is still growing, and, therefore, is much more malleable than it will be once it stops. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to straighten one’s teeth as an adult, but it’s much more effective when you’re a middle or high schooler.

The only problem with this period of time, when young children turn into young adults, is that it’s a time in which they find their confidence. Gone are the days of carefree games of the playground and school picture days on which your little one rocked pigtails or a toothless grin; instead, teenagers strive to fit in and feel good amongst their peers. That’s why the decision to get braces at this age can be a tough one for kids and parents to make, as a mouth full of metal might hinder a middle or high schooler’s development of confidence that he or she needs and craves.

Fortunately for today’s generation, they have more than one option when it comes to the way in which their orthodontist can straighten their teeth. Of course, traditional metal braces and brackets, as well as plastic bands, remain on the table. The system has stuck around because it works, straightening teeth in anywhere between 18 and 30 months, depending on how much work is to be done. For some teens, this time period can feel like an eternity of discomfort.

That’s why so many of today’s students prefer the option of Invisalign. This revolutionary system straightens teeth with clear plastic aligners that are nearly invisible to an untrained eye, which means your son or daughter won’t have to deal with the unwanted attention garnered by a new set of braces. An orthodontist will take impressions and X-rays of your child’s teeth in order to create a set of these aligners that are tailored to his or her mouth. Over an average of 12 months, patients swap out their retainers every two weeks in order to keep teeth moving into their proper positions. Other than that, there’s no grief: no rubber bands, no ongoing discomfort or pain, no tightenings, no excessive visits to the orthodontist. Instead, your child will go on with his or her life, no sign of braces anywhere.

Whether you are a freshman football player at Carol City or a senior member of the band team at Killian High School, you likely have the desire to have straight teeth. Contact Orthodontics Only today to learn how we can assist you.

In short, Invisalign allows teenagers to experience the best of both worlds: a high school experience free of an uncomfortable orthodontic treatment and a smile that’s straight and, therefore, confidence-boosting. Contact Dr. Derek Sanders today to place your child in expert hands throughout the journey to a perfect smile with Invisalign.