At Just Orthodontics, we understand that teenagers have a million things going on, and the last thing they want to worry about how their braces look in pictures. Luckily, we have the perfect treatment to help combat this – Invisalign Teen! Invisalign is a set of clear aligners that gives your teen the freedom they desire while achieving the smile of their dreams. We all know your best accessory is your smile, so give them something to grin about. Our team had seen even our shyest patients come out of their shells when they had a smile they were proud to wear.
How Often Do I Have to Wear My Aligners?
We recommend Invisalign wearers keep their aligners in for at least 22 hours a day for the best results. Invisalign is an investment in a straighter, healthier smile. For the aligners to do their job, there has to be consistent pressure on the wearer’s teeth to prevent unwanted shifting. Keeping your clear aligners in allows them to shift your teeth closer and closer to your desired smile. We know that no one wants to be in treatment for a prolonged period of time, so help us give you the most efficient treatment possible and only take your aligners out when necessary.
Is There Anything That I Cannot Eat While Using Invisalign?
Nope! You are free to enjoy all of your favorite treats as long as you remove your aligners beforehand. There are no wires or brackets at risk when you eat hard, sticky, or chewy foods while in Invisalign treatment, so you can snack to your heart’s content. We do suggest that you replace your aligners as soon as you are finished so that you don’t slow your treatment progress.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Invisalign treatment length varies from person to person. Patients with more extensive issues may need to wear clear aligners for longer so that every problem area has the chance to be properly corrected. That being said, Invisalign treatment length is usually comparable to that of traditional metal braces. Most patients remain in treatment for one to two years, assuming they consistently wear their aligners.
How Does Invisalign Teen Work?
To begin the process, one of our knowledgeable team members will take a 3D image of your mouth so that we can see every tooth and groove. We use this image to craft a projection of their desired smile. Once we determine the ideal final product, we have the aligners printed in a cutting-edge thermoplastic that has been perfected for patient comfort.
You will then receive your first pair of clear aligners, and they should fit snugly over your teeth. We will shave down any excess material so that it doesn’t rub against your gums and cause agitation. After your first set, you will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks that have been adjusted slightly to shift your teeth closer to the desired projection.
What Happens If My Teen Loses an Aligner?
No need to worry; we know things happen. Whether your teen threw it away with their school lunch or lost it at a friend’s house, we can get you a new set of aligners right away. If we are close enough to when they are supposed to receive their next set, we may just move forward in the treatment. The most important thing to remember in this situation is that you have to let us know right away. We are here to help, and we don’t want your teen’s teeth to shift back while they are in between their aligner sets.
How Much Is Invisalign for Teens?
The price of Invisalign treatment is heavily dependent on how long your teen needs to remain in the aligners. If the problems are more extensive, this may lead to a correlated higher price. However, the price of Invisalign treatment is similar to that of traditional metal braces. Just like with braces, our team will work diligently with your insurance provider to cut down any out-of-pocket costs for your treatment. In addition to this, we offer various flexible financing plans that are crafted to help your teen get the smile they deserve at the affordable price you deserve.
Benefits of Invisalign
There is a long list of benefits that accompanies Invisalign treatment. Still, we’ve found that teens’ favorite part of the appliance is that the aligners are completely clear and allow for almost total discretion. With a virtually invisible set of aligners, your teen can feel confident when they smile without worrying about any unwanted aesthetic changes. Another great aspect is that teens are free to enjoy the foods they love without worrying about lengthening their treatment time. The clear aligners are easily removable, making snacking on the go easier than ever.
Traditional metal braces can sometimes cause some discomfort, especially when it comes to poking wires and bothersome brackets. Luckily, Invisalign is made of a material that is made for comfort and fits snugly to teeth. A common question we get asked is whether or not teens can play sports with their aligners. While we love the precaution and care, there is no need to worry. The aligners act as a mouthguard and are not prone to the same damage that braces are during contact sports. If you do find it uncomfortable to play with Invisalign, you are free to remove them while playing as long as they are replaced as soon as you’re finished. A benefit that often appeals to teens is that you can remove the aligners for special events such as school dances and graduations. Teens don’t always want their orthodontic treatment to make their pictures, so we think it’s more than fine for them to be removed for a few hours while memories are being made.