While wearing braces is a normal part of almost every teen’s life, many still dislike the idea of wearing metal brackets, bands, and wires. What if your teen could straighten his or her teeth inconspicuously? With Invisalign Teen at Roy Orthodontics, it is possible! This innovative system straightens teeth discreetly using a series of removable, clear plastic trays. In fact, Invisalign is so unnoticeable, most people will never know your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment.
How Does Invisalign Teen Work?
The key to straightening teeth effectively is gentle pressure. While traditional braces accomplish this with brackets and wires, Invisalign achieves it with custom-made aligner trays. By assessing your teen’s teeth, Dr. Carl Roy will be able to map out a personalized treatment plan. He will then take impressions, and send them to a specialized dental lab. A skilled lab technician will use the impressions (and the notes from Dr. Roy) to fabricate several trays.
Each set of aligners will be worn for approximately two weeks before switching them out for the next one in the series. The small discrepancies in the trays will nudge the teeth into their desired positions safely and effectively over time. Typically, Invisalign treatment takes about 18 to 24 months – the same amount of time as traditional braces. However, this can vary for each patient, depending on the specific case.
Invisalign vs Invisalign Teen
Invisalign Teen is quite similar to standard Invisalign, which is a popular choice among our adult patients. However, we understand that teens often have unique orthodontic needs. That is why Invisalign Teen includes exclusive features, including:
- Additional space: Many young patients still have teeth that are growing. These cases require a little extra space for erupting molars so that alignment can be addressed efficiently.
- Effective root movement: Invisalign Teen uses specialized power ridges to help guide the roots of the teeth into their proper positions.
- Complimentary tray replacements: Teens are busy. Between school, athletic events, and extra-curricular activities, things are bound to become lost every now and then. Invisalign Teen offers up to six replacement trays, free of charge.
- Usage indicators: Invisalign Teen only works if the treatment guidelines are followed. The aligners include tiny indicator dots that let the orthodontist know if they are being worn enough.
Who is a Candidate?
Young patients with mild to moderate cases of malocclusion are excellent candidates for Invisalign Teen. This system is incredibly effective for moving teeth. However, it does not address severe orthodontic conditions or skeletal issues. Therefore, if your teen has a complex case, traditional orthodontics may yield more effective and successful long-term results.
Benefits of Invisalign Teen
Qualifying patients enjoy numerous advantages when undergoing treatment with Invisalign Teen. Because the custom aligners are removable, there are zero food restrictions. Therefore, your teen will be able to eat his or her favorite foods while undergoing treatment, without the worry of broken brackets or wires. They will also be able to brush and floss easily, as there is no need for specialized brushes or floss threaders. They can even remove their aligners for school photos, dances, parties, and more. (Just be sure this does not become a habit. Trays must be worn 22 hours a day for optimal results.)