Invisalign Teen® Is Designed with Young Patients in Mind

Dr. Lopez proudly offers Invisalign Teen®, an innovative orthodontic treatment, designed to meet the specific needs of younger patients. Though Invisalign® can be a great option for individuals of all ages, Invisalign Teen® has special features to make treatment easier for young patients and their parents. The clear aligner trays can correct most orthodontic issues. These problems include cosmetic concerns, as well as more serious types of malocclusion such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites. If your teen has particularly severe misalignment, Dr. Lopez may recommend traditional braces. However, Invisalign Teen® is a suitable option for most patients. Dr. Lopez will carry out a full orthodontic evaluation to ensure that Invisalign® is a good option for your child.

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How Does Invisalign Teen® Work?

If your teen qualifies for Invisalign®, Dr. Lopez will take computerized impressions of his or her mouth. The dentist will then use these highly precise measurements to design aligner trays made of smooth, BPA-free plastic. Each tray will have a slightly different curvature, and it will exert a slight force on your child’s teeth. Your teen should switch to a new tray approximately every two weeks. He or she should wear the trays 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat and brush his or her teeth. Over about 12 to 18 months, his or her teeth will shift into new positions. Then your child could enjoy a stunning – and much healthier – smile. To maintain the treatment results, Dr. Lopez will provide retainers.

Invisalign Teen® vs. Standard Invisalign®

Invisalign Teen® and traditional Invisalign® work using identical principles. However, Invisalign Teen® has several important modifications. Dr. Lopez and the makers of Invisalign® know how busy (and forgetful) teens can be. That is why Invisalign Teen® comes with six free replacement aligners. Even if your child leaves a tray on the bus or at an away game, the treatment will not involve any extra expense for you. In addition, Invisalign Teen® trays have blue dots that will appear when it is time to switch to a new tray. This system will help keep your teen on top of his or her treatment.

The Cosmetic Advantages of Invisalign Teen®

Teens often struggle with low self-esteem and feeling self-conscious. When your child has to wear bulky metal braces, it can exacerbate these emotions. This is especially true if he or she undergoes orthodontic care in the later teenage years. Invisalign® trays are nearly undetectable. Therefore, your child can obtain a straighter smile without embarrassment. Plus, he or she will not have to worry about braces in senior portraits, prom photos, and homecoming parades. Best of all, Invisalign Teen® yields stunning results. With proper care, your teen’s straighter smile should last for life.

The Practical Advantages of Invisalign Teen®

Along with the cosmetic rewards of Invisalign® Teen, the treatment also has significant practical benefits. These advantages include:

  1. Convenience: Invisalign Teen® requires fewer visits to the dentist than standard braces. Thus, treatment will be simpler for you, as well as for your teen.
  2. Comfort: Compared to traditional braces, smooth Invisalign® trays are less likely to irritate your teen’s mouth. Plus, the trays use a gentler force to reposition teeth.
  3. Easier eating: Your child will be able to remove the trays before eating. Therefore, he or she can continue to enjoy a full range of foods, including things like whole fruit and popcorn.
  4. Improved oral health: Because the trays are removable, your teen will be able to brush his or her teeth more thoroughly. In contrast, food is likely to get stuck behind metal braces.
  5. Ability to enjoy more activities: If your teen wears braces, it can affect certain extracurricular activities, such as sports, theater, or playing a musical instrument. With Invisalign®, your teen will be able to enjoy these activities without risk or embarrassment.

Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for Your Teen

Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign Teen and find out if it is a good option for your child. Contact Dr. Lopez today to schedule a complementary initial consultation.