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Invisalign Teen

Wearing traditional metal braces may be a rite of passage, but it can seem like a trial for some self-conscious teens. Invisalign produces a specialized system for teenagers. Invisalign Teen uses the same sophisticated materials and cutting-edge technology to move teeth discreetly. With Invisalign for teens, the aligners are clinically designed for teenagers’ mouths where they are still growing and developing. The system provides the same predictable results and beautiful smiles.

At What Age Can Teenagers Begin Using Invisalign Teen?

Teenagers are generally suitable for Invisalign Teen once they have most of their permanent or adult teeth. Usually, this is around age 12 or 13. Younger children may be suitable for another Invisalign treatment specially designed for children who still have some of their baby teeth remaining.

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Best dental experience ever. Professional and very clean office. Everyone from the receptionist to the hygienist to the dentist are amazing. So friendly and patient. You can even watch TV while getting work done on your teeth!

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What Are the Differences between Invisalign Teen and Traditional Braces?

The major difference between Invisalign Teen and traditional braces is the ease of treatment. Invisalign Teen Aligners are fully removable, whereas traditional braces use brackets and wires firmly fixed onto teeth for the duration of treatment. Invisalign aligners are extremely discreet and are nearly invisible, whereas traditional braces are highly visible.

Teens will need to visit our dental office for checkups every six weeks, but these will be very quick to complete. In comparison, teens with traditional braces may need to visit their orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks. These appointments can be lengthier as the braces need to be adjusted and tightened as treatment progresses.

Treatment lengths are about the same for Invisalign and traditional braces. However, teens requiring only minor tooth adjustments may be suitable for cosmetically oriented removable aligners that can take as little as six months to move front teeth into the correct positions.

There are no food restrictions with Invisalign Teen. With traditional braces, patients must avoid very hard or sticky foods that could break the brackets or damage the wires, or are hard to remove during brushing and flossing.

Removable aligners are very easy to keep clean as they are taken out for meals and are easily washed. Oral hygiene wearing traditional braces is far more complicated as the wires and brackets easily trap food and dental plaque and require specialized tools to clean around them thoroughly. Daily oral hygiene routines can take far longer with traditional braces.

Finally, many teens love playing sports, and there is a higher risk of damage to their teeth and gums if they happen to take a blow to the mouth while wearing fixed braces. The risk while wearing removable aligners is lower as they are easily taken out, so a well-fitting custom mouthguard can be worn.

What is the Treatment Process for Invisalign Teen?

The treatment process for Invisalign Teen is the same as for adult-oriented treatment. To ensure treatment is appropriate, Dr. Adam Shoukry will need to assess their teeth and jaws before taking diagnostic tests to plan each tooth movement precisely. The software used for Invisalign Teen produces the same digital images showing the predicted results, which can be viewed before treatment begins.