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The Three Biggest Myths about Teens and Clear Aligners

Our Chief Orthodontist on why clear aligners are safe, effective, and healthy for straightening teens' teeth. 

Aaron Britt
Director of Content, Candid

Teenagers are flocking in droves to clear aligners—and away from braces—when they need to straighten their teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, teen demand for clear aligner therapy rose 66% between 1989 and 2016, and yet, even despite widespread adoption, myths persist. 

We asked Dr C. Lynn Hurst, Candid’s Chief Orthodontist about the biggest myths he hears about teens and clear aligners. Not only did he share the common misperceptions, but he busted the three most pervasive myths out there. Parents, teens, you’ve now officially got no reason not to go with Candid Teen

Myth #1 Teens won't wear their aligners. 

“The data I’ve reviewed and my experience suggests not only that teens are more compliant than adults wearing their aligners, but that adolescent boys are even more compliant than girls. Guardians, trust your kids.” 

Myth #2 Wearing clear aligners hurts. 

“Though it’s true that there can be some discomfort while wearing aligners—inflammation is part of orthodontics—our patent-pending CandidRx™ prescription shifts teeth at a rate and velocity that limits and minimizes inflammation while creating the space for your teeth to find and hold their new positions.”

Myth #3 Teleorthodontics won't give you the same quality of care as visiting an office. 

“We’re going to be checking in as often or more often than the most popular orthodontist down the street, all thanks to our state-of-the-art CandidMonitoring™️. With our easy-to-use tech, you’ll scan your teeth and share your progress with your orthodontist every 14 days, which is significantly more frequent than any in-office treatment you’ll find.” 

Three big myths about teens and clear aligners busted, thanks to Dr. Hurst.

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