If your teenager has crooked, crowded, or otherwise misaligned teeth, there is an innovative new option to help improve the look of his or her smile. Invisalign® Teen is made by the same company as Invisalign® and offers a way for younger patients to achieve their cosmetic and functional dental goals. Designed to provide a faster, more comfortable, and more discreet teeth straightening experience than traditional braces, Invisalign® Teen is made specifically with the needs and goals of teens in mind. Dr. Arash Azarbal, our experienced dentist, offers this revolutionary system right here at our office. He can determine if this method is appropriate for your child during your initial consultation.
How Does Invisalign® Teen Work?
Invisalign® Teen, just like original Invisalign®, is an orthodontic treatment that can straighten teeth and correct a number of dental concerns. Using a series of clear, removable aligner trays, this method will gradually alter the position of the teeth to achieve a more aesthetically appealing and functional alignment. Unlike traditional braces, no metal brackets or wires are used. As a result, teens can improve their smile discreetly and more comfortably than ever. Furthermore, they won’t have to worry about having “metal mouth” for pictures or avoiding foods that they love. The aligner trays can be removed to brush, floss, eat, and drink, but they should be worn at all other times. Each tray should be worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced by the next tray in the series. In general, the process should take between 9-15 months, though your teen’s experience may vary.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign® Teen?
The most important factor in determining if Invisalign® Teen will be a good choice for a young person is whether they can follow the instructions for regular use. Invisalign® Teen must be worn consistently, as directed, and only removed to brush, floss, eat, or drink. If the aligners are worn less often, treatment times may be extended and the outcome affected. Invisalign® Teen can correct a broad array of aesthetic dental concerns, including crowding, overbite, underbite, crossbite, gaps, and other common issues. However, some cases may be better addressed with an alternative technique. Dr. Azarbal can determine if Invisalign® Teen or another method is right for your child during your initial appointment.
If you have additional questions about Invisalign® Teen, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Azarbal, please contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you soon.