Vancouver BC- Vancouver invisible braces specialist Dr Aly Kanani offers Invisalign Teen for his practice’s teen patients. The Invisalign invisible braces system employs a series of 18-30 individual, custom-made aligners to gently reposition teeth. Invisalign is clear and less noticeable than conventional braces with their brackets and wires. Unlike with metal braces, the aligners can be taken out for eating, drinking, and brushing teeth – and they are more comfortable.
"Teens are notoriously self-conscious about how they look," observes Dr. Kanani, a Vancouver braces expert. "A set of prominent metal braces can pile onto these self-esteem problems. Some teens don’t even smile because they don’t want to show their braces! Since Invisalign Teen is almost invisible, patients are far less self-conscious." Invisalign is versatile, allowing orthodontists to correct many issues, such as: crowding, widely space teeth, and even underbites, overbites, and crossbites, depending on the situation.
Patients can remove their aligners to brush and floss. Conventional metal braces, with bands and wires, catch food. This is not just a potential embarrassment to teen patients, but it can also make it more difficult to brush effectively, encouraging cavities.
Patients can remove the aligners for 2 to 4 hours a day without impairing treatment. Many teens take the devices out for sports events, playing brass or woodwind instruments, or special occasions. "Our teen patients are grateful for the flexibility to remove the aligners every once and a while," says Dr. Kanani, a Vancouver Invisalign provider.
Invisalign Teen also employs a unique system to check if teen patients are wearing their aligners for enough of time. "Invisalign patients need to wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours daily," explains Dr. Kanani, a Vancouver orthodontics specialist. "The Invisalign Teen system includes an exclusive Blue Dot Wear Indicator that grows clear over a two week period. This tells us if a teen is wearing the aligners often enough. If he or she doesn't remember to replace the aligner back in, it will compromise the overall treatment. However, Invisalign Teen lets us know.” Furthermore, the Invisalign aligners can be replaced if a teen patient loses one – or more. The system includes as many as six replacement aligners at no additional cost.
Invisalign Teen is good for most children 12 and older. Children under 12 frequently do not have all their adult teeth, so system may not be as effective. But, younger children can be treated with other kinds of orthodontic systems. "However, we have employed Invisalign Teen successfully with teens whom other specialists had said weren't good candidates," notes Dr. Kanani, a Vancouver orthodontist, "With my broad experience as an Invisalign specialist, I know precisely what Invisalign can accomplish. I have corrected some significant misalignments that other orthodontists believed would need conventional braces."
About Dr. Aly Kanani, Surrey and Vancouver Certified Specialist in Orthodontics
Dr. Aly Kanani has a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Pennsylvania – and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Masters of Science degree in Orthodontics and a Specialty Certification in Orthodontics.
Dr. Kanani previously taught clinical orthodontics to dental students at the University of British Columbia Dental School. He has also taught in various capacities at both McGill University and at the University of Detroit Mercy. His research has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
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