More than 1 million teens have experienced the Invisalign® Teen difference.
But is it the right product for you or your teen? The answer depends on a few things that your orthodontist will discuss with you. Much like any other orthodontic tool, it is a tool that can’t be used for everything; but we are amazed daily at what it can accomplish.
Factors to Consider
First, can Invisalign® Teen actually accomplish the result that we are planning to attain? If the answer is “yes,” then the other factors are related to your lifestyle and ability to follow the instructions about proper wear. Your instructions are unique to your plan, but a couple of universal rules include: wearing your aligners 22 hours/day; developing a routine for removing them at meals or snacks; cleaning your teeth; and replacing them in your mouth. When it comes to beverages, you can only drink water with your aligners in your mouth. And yes, it is safe to wear them when playing sports.
Advantages to Invisalign® Teen
There are several advantages to wearing Invisalign® Teen! Our Invisalign® Teen patients report that once they get into the rhythm of wearing aligners, it becomes “no big deal.” Beyond daily wear, our patients report less discomfort, fewer emergency office visits, fewer interruptions to their lives, fewer food restrictions, fewer sports injuries, increased ability to brush and floss, and less cavity-causing plaque than patients with braces.
The Teen Aligner “Tracker”
A parent sometimes needs a little peace of mind that the their teen is following the rules. That’s why Invisalign® Teen includes a compliance indicator on every aligner. That little blue dot fades as your teen wears the aligners. If it’s still bright blue after 1 week of wear, then it might be time to have a little pow-wow about compliance and even consider a change to traditional braces.
Can You Switch to Braces Later?
Yes. The Invisalign® Teen Guarantee states: “if you are not satisfied within the first six months of treatment, a participating orthodontist can switch your teen into traditional wires and brackets at no additional cost.”
So is Invisalign® Teen right for you? Let’s talk about it and develop a plan. We have the technology to decide quickly by using highly advanced software and our iTero® digital impression scanner. We have the experience, too, as being an Invisalign® Teen and Invisalign® Premier provider.