Teens tend to be highly image-conscious, which can make wearing braces hard even for confident kids. However, orthodontic treatment is typically recommended earlier in life when teeth move more easily. Now Invisalign offers a new option for teens with orthodontic problems. Invisalign Teen allows teens to straighten their teeth without the bulk of metal braces or the embarrassment of highly visible brackets and wires. We offer consultations where parents and teens can learn more about their orthodontic options, which may include Invisalign.
Invisalign uses clear aligners. These aligners look similar to clear mouth guards. They are removable, so your teen can keep eating his favorite foods and participating in his favorite activities. This design also means that he can brush and floss more easily without having to use special tools to clean around brackets or wires. When teens have teeth that are easier to clean, they are more likely to have healthier teeth, too. Every four to six weeks, he will return to our office for a checkup to monitor his progress and ensure his teeth are moving as expected.
Each aligner is fully customized for each phase of treatment, and every two weeks, your teen will switch aligners. This keeps her teeth moving towards their final positions. Invisalign Teen features compliance indicators to help your teen stay on track, remind her to wear her aligners the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day and change them as prescribed. Six free replacement aligners are included in case your teen has any lost or damaged aligners. The smooth aligners have no rough edges or metallic parts, so there is little or no risk of them irritating her mouth.
Most teens will wear Invisalign Teen for 12 to 18 months, but individual treatment time can vary based on needs. If your teen is interested in Invisalign, scheduling a consultation with our team can help you learn more about his or her options. We will explain the treatment process and determine his or her candidacy.
Invisalign can be a great option for teens with overbites, underbites, crossbites, gapping or crowding. It is often covered by dental insurance plans that cover orthodontic treatment, and FSAs can be used to pay for out-of-pocket costs. Call our office today to learn more about Invisalign Teen or to schedule your teen’s appointment.