Invisalign® for Teens
Thanks to technological advancements and improved techniques, there are more orthodontic treatments than ever before. Even braces these days are less obvious and more comfortable. However, some people want a more discreet option.
If your teenager needs orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen may be the answer! At Dr. Kelly, we understand that there is a certain stigma associated with wearing braces as a teen. Invisalign Teen is an excellent alternative for teenagers worried about cosmetics.
Who Qualifies for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign is best suited for mild or moderate orthodontic issues. Traditional braces are typically used for more complex malocclusions or misaligned bites. We will be able to determine if your teen is a suitable candidate for Invisalign during their initial consultation appointment.
Dr. Kelly will perform a comprehensive examination and a thorough review of their dental history. We may also utilize advanced diagnostic tools like CBCT scans to get a 3D look at their teeth, soft tissues, and underlying bone. If we do approve Invisalign treatment, the next step is treatment planning.
How Does Invisalign Work?
During a follow-up appointment, we will need to take an impression of your child’s teeth and gums. In some cases, we may use an intraoral camera and 3D technology to produce a digital impression. Once we have an accurate representation of their mouth, we will send this information off to the Invisalign headquarters.
There, they will use this information to fabricate a series of clear plastic aligner trays. Each tray is designed to apply gentle pressure onto the teeth, slowly moving them to a more proper position. In general, each tray should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day for two-weeks apeice.
We understand that wearing an aligner close to full-time is a big responsibility for adults, let along teenagers. That is why Invisalign Teen comes will a blue indicator that will fade over time with use. This allows us to ensure your teen stays on track during treatment!
Benefits of Invisalign for Teens
There are some benefits of Invisalign for Teens when compared to traditional braces. Perhaps the biggest benefit is discretion! With Invisalign, teens no longer have to worry about embarrassing metal braces in their yearbook photo or on social media sites. The trays are made from a clear plastic that is virtually undetectable. Most people will not be able to tell they are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The Invisalign trays are also more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces. Because they are removable, brushing and flossing is a breeze! Traditional braces require special care to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease during treatment.
If an aligner tray is damaged or lost, your teen can simply move on to the next tray in their series. Unlike damaged traditional braces, an immediate appointment is usually not necessary. Invisalign treatment requires fewer appointments throughout treatment than traditional braces as well.
These days, Invisalign is more effective than ever before. We may recommend Invisalign to correct: overly crowded teeth, spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites, and even underbites. Only Dr. Kelly will be able to determine if Invisalign is right for your teen!
Schedule Their Consultation Appointment Today!
If your teen needs orthodontic treatment, they may qualify for Invisalign. Call
(442) 229-0766 to schedule a consultation now!