5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®
August 2, 2017
Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But we (Dr. Lisa and Dr. Dale) are often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen.
In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images we take with the sophisticated iTero Element Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.
Here are the answers to the top five questions we’re asked about Invisalign Teen. We hope you find it helpful!
1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES.
When worn according to the customized plan I set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at (989) 488-4550 to set up an appointment to find out for sure.
2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES.
With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.
3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE. INVISALIGN IS SELFIE-APPROVED!
Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives.
4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY.
Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so we can track compliance.
5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT OUR OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES.
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.
At Davis & Davis Orthodontics we tailor each plan to your child’s specific needs and will walk you through our recommendations to make sure you understand your child’s treatment plan and feel comfortable with our team.
We hope this helps, and invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment options at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. (989) 488-4550.
Dr. Dale and Dr. Lisa offer free consultations and Davis & Davis is a Delta Dental Premier Provider. We offer flexible financing with lower down payments and lower monthly payments. Call us today for more information!