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At What Age Can You Start Using Clear Aligners?

April 19, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Richard Sullivan
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In our Brentwood, TN dental office, we typically provide clear aligner orthodontics for teens and adults. In most cases, teens can be counted on to change their aligners on schedule and adhere to the 22 hours per day wear time.

How Clear Aligners in Brentwood, TN Help Teens

Teens who need orthodontic treatment gravitate toward clear aligners over traditional orthodontics because of the aesthetics and ease of wear. With clear orthodontics, teens can straighten their teeth without drawing attention to their treatment. And, because they want a straight smile, they are likely to follow their clear aligner instructions.

For teens, clear aligners may help with the following:  

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Twisted teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Uneven spacing

Your child’s dentist in Brentwood, TN will evaluate your teenagers’ teeth and gums to make sure clear aligners will correct their orthodontic issues. In some cases, we may recommend pretreatments like an extraction before orthodontic therapy. This is necessary if the jaw is overcrowded and unable to accommodate a full mouth of teeth. Taking this extraction step when needed means a better orthodontic outcome.

Your dentist can also talk to your child to help assess their commitment to removable aligners—following the instructions. Typically, instructions mean how long to wear the aligner before switching to another and how many hours per day to keep the aligner in.

After Clear Aligner Treatment

After treatment, your teen will enjoy a straight and confident smile that promotes easier brushing and flossing and improved oral health.

We also provide a custom retainer at the end of therapy—from several months or up to two years—to prevent orthodontic relapse.

Give Your Teen the Gift of Straight Teeth

Contact a team member to schedule an evaluation for clear orthodontics in our dental office. And always reach out if you have any questions about our dental treatments.

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