Many parents might remember wearing braces as a sort of teen rite of passage.

Teens today have much better options than the traditional metal braces, and Dr. Katie Beach, DDS of Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care is a top Teen Provider for Invisalign. No two teen cases are the same, but Align Technology continues to improve its digital treatment solutions, offering teens better and better outcomes all the time.

Dr. Beach
Dr. Beach

Dr. Beach uses an in-office iTero scanner that not only shows teens (within a matter of minutes) how their teeth will look when treatment is finished but also helps treatment progress 50 percent faster with fewer issues, according to her website. This technology helps create clear, customized aligners that teens can wear without telegraphing to everyone that they are straightening their teeth.

The aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day but can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, and each patient might need 12-48 aligners to completely straighten the teeth. Most patients find this more comfortable and convenient than traditional metal braces.

If you and your teen are ready to improve their smile, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Beach today by calling 318-686-7470 or visiting

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