What Is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is a clear teeth aligner system specifically designed for adolescent patients. Individuals in this age group are often quite particular about their appearance and may shy away from the idea of wearing metal braces. At ACE Dental of Temple, our certified Invisalign dentists offer this option to help younger patients achieve healthy, confident smiles in a more discreet way. Like the adult version, Invisalign Teen addresses concerns with the bite (how the top and bottom teeth fit together) and guides the teeth to their ideal positions in the jaw. However, it also offers additional features, including compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and substitute aligners, to accommodate the unique needs of adolescents. If your teenager needs orthodontics but is concerned about wearing metal braces, schedule a consultation at our Temple, TX facility for more information on Invisalign Teen!
What sets Invisalign Teen apart from Invisalign?
We understand that parents may feel concerned about allowing their teens to wear removable teeth aligners for their orthodontic treatment. However, Invisalign Teen has three great features to help your teen stay on track to a straight, healthy smile:
- Extra replacement aligners: We plan for mishaps by adding six substitute aligners in your adolescent's treatment plan. Contact our office in Temple, TX if your teen loses an aligner or requires a replacement.
- Compliance indicators: Each aligner contains a colored dot (on the back portion) that fades with use. Our Invisalign dentists will be able to tell whether your teen is wearing the aligners as recommended to stay on course with their treatment. It is important for your teen to understand that non-compliance equates to prolonged treatment timing.
- Eruption tabs: The makers of Invisalign Teen know that some patients may begin orthodontics before all of their molars have emerged. They have created the product with eruption tabs that leave space for the molars to grow in without causing overcrowding of other teeth.
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Is Your Teen a Candidate for Invisalign?
Adolescent patients with orthodontic conditions, such as an overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite, may be ideal candidates for Invisalign Teen at ACE Dental of Temple. This option might also be recommended to address crooked or crowded teeth, narrow dental arches, or gaps between teeth. Invisalign Teen can be especially beneficial for teens who are active in athletics or the arts. Metal braces may be dangerous during contact sports or can make it more difficult to play an instrument. Young patients who may feel self-conscious about the look of traditional braces may also find Invisalign to be a less noticeable treatment alternative.
The Treatment Process
We will schedule you and your teen to attend a treatment consultation with one of our certified Invisalign dentists to talk about treatment goals and what can be expected during the treatment phase. To begin the treatment, we will take comfortable digital iTero impressions of your teen's mouth, which the Invisalign laboratory will use to custom-create a series of clear, acrylic aligners. When they are ready, we will have your teen return to our office to try in the initial set and receive detailed instructions on how to wear and care for them. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours each day, only to be removed before brushing, flossing, drinking, or eating.
Following Orthodontic Treatment
We recommend that your teen attend orthodontic visits at our office every few weeks so we can evaluate their progress and examine the compliance indicators. Though your teen will have the ability to brush and floss without the barrier of braces, they will still need to maintain proper oral hygiene every day. The time spent wearing Invisalign clear aligners is different for each patient but is generally over a 1 to 2-year span. At the end of treatment, a new impression will be taken of your teen's mouth so we can have Invisalign Vivera® retainers made of the same clear material. Using retainers as recommended can help hold the teeth in place as the jaw continues to develop.
Insurance Coverage for Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatments, like Invisalign Teen, might be covered in part by insurance. Our team can get in touch with your provider to learn about your policy and calculate any remaining costs. If you are not using insurance, we will be happy to go over the payment methods accepted at ACE Dental of Temple. A member of our team can also help you explore budget-friendly solutions, including low-interest financing.
Gain a Confident Smile With Clear Teeth Aligners
Many teenage patients dream of having a straight, picture-perfect smile but may feel uncomfortable about wearing conventional orthodontics, like metal braces. At ACE Dental of Temple, we are thrilled to offer the option of Invisalign Teen to meet the unique needs of patients in this age group while helping them to feel good about their smiles. To learn more about this clear aligner system, contact our office in Temple, TX, and schedule a visit for your teen!
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