10 things parents need to know about Invisalign Teen®
Isabella - Age 15 - wearing her aligners
1. What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restriction and discomfort that come with braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners every week. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.
2. Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
Yes. When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth straightening issues. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth. The chances are very high your teen will be a great candidate for Invisalign. To find out for sure, call us on 55933733 to arrange a free consultation.
3. What are some of the practical advantages of Invisalign Teen over traditional braces?
If you’ve had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets.
With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces. They can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldn’t eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions. The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene and many other advantages.
4. Are there any emotional concerns to consider?
Research1 shows that moms underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and using braces as a solution can often make this lack of confidence even worse. But with Invisalign Teen, no one needs to know your teen is straightening their teeth, removing a potential source of real anxiety for them and giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of everyone even during the teeth straightening process.
5. Who is eligible for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentition—this includes most teenagers. A trained Invisalign orthodontist should evaluate your teen’s specific dental issues to determine candidacy. If you’ve already had an orthodontic consultation and been told your teen is not a candidate, please see us for a second opinion, as each provider has a different level of experience treating with Invisalign and it is very rare for Dr Semaan to determine that a teen is not an Invisalign Candidate.
6. How long does Invisalign Teen treatment take?
The average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of your teen’s treatment depends on the severity of their condition and can only be determined by your orthodontist. In more and more cases, Dr Semaan is achieving faster results with Invisalign for teens with fewer appointments means less time out of school and work.
7. How much does Invisalign cost?
At Clear Smiles Orthodontics, Invisalign Teen costs about the same as metal braces. Costs for orthodontic treatment can vary with the complexity of treatment. Please note that orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen is covered by your private health orthodontic cover if you have it. And we offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans as well.
8. Does my teen have to wear Invisalign all the time?
Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed about every week. Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners as recommended2. Plus, Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check; each aligner has blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed, so the orthodontist can track compliance.
9. What happens if an aligner gets lost?
Not to worry— Clear Smiles Orthodontics offers six replacement aligners for free! In the event that an aligner is lost, you should call us right away so we can decide whether to order you a replacement or simply move on to another aligner.
10. How much time will be spent visiting the orthodontist?
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make and no broken brackets or wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every 10-12 weeks. Traditional braces require visits about every 4-6 weeks.
11. Will I see the orthodontist at every visit?
Our orthodontist spends his time on those things that matter most for your smile. His speciality will be used in designing your amazing your smile and overseeing that design come to life. This design phase is crucial for a smooth treatment process and outcome. You will normally see one of our highly trained staff who carry our Dr Semaan exact instructions that he has carefully stepped out visit by visit for your entire treatment plan.
12. What if my teen doesn’t comply with Invisalign?
At Clear Smiles Orthodontics, we are so confident that your child will have a positive experience with Invisalign that we offer a CSO Teen Invisalign Guarantee.
Invisalign Teen Guarantee
If during the first 6 months of your teen’s Invisalign treatment, your teen isn’t having a position experience with Invisalign or it’s “not working” in your opinion, then we will switch to metal braces at no extra cost to you.
We also offer 6 free replacement aligners.
Aligners by Orhan C. Tuncay DMD, S. Jay Bowman DMD,
Jonathan L. Nicozisis DMD, Brian D. Amy DDS