Traditional metal braces can be quite effective, but many patients find them to be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. Invisalign® Teen uses clear trays to alter one’s smile instead of brackets and wires that must be tightened every few weeks. These trays are made custom for every patient so that they have a flush and comfortable fit. As the trays are changed out every two weeks, your teen’s teeth will gradually shift into place.
What Can I Expect From Invisalign® Teen?
Instead of having metal braces tightened by Dr. Steven Ricci every few weeks, patients will receive a new set of Invisalign® Teen aligners every 10 to 14 days. Each new set of trays will apply a little more pressure to the teeth as they slowly shift from their original position. During the treatment period, patients should plan on having the trays in their mouth for at least 22 hours a day. Luckily, the trays can be taken out at any time to brush, floss, and eat all of one’s favorite food. Teenage patients no longer need to worry about damaging their brackets when eating certain foods or cutting their lips on metal wires while playing sports.
Is Invisalign Teen Right for Me?
Invisalign Teen is a great option for anyone that would like to quickly, effectively, and discreetly straighten their teeth. These aligners can help patients fix issues such as:
- Bite pattern problems
- Gaps between teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Crooked teeth
- An overcrowded smile
Is Invisalign as Effective as Traditional Braces?
Patients that carefully follow the instructions given to them by Dr. Steven Ricci will be glad to find out that Invisalign aligners are just as effective as traditional metal braces for most common teeth-straightening issues. Invisalign can be used to treat moderate to severe cases of overcrowding, underbites, overbites, and gaps between the teeth. Most teens that are unhappy with their smile will make excellent candidates for this treatment program.
What Are Some of The Practical Advantages of Invisalign Teen Over Traditional Braces?
Anyone that has ever had to wear metal braces already understands just how uncomfortable and unsightly they can be. With Invisalign aligners, active teens that play sports will not have to worry about cutting their gums or damaging their braces after being hit in the face by a ball. Teens that play instruments, such as the flute, will not have wires or brackets getting in their way during practices or concerts. Patients will also be able to enjoy many of the foods that would have damaged metal braces, such as apples, raw carrots, and popcorn. When it comes time to brush and floss, the trays can quickly be taken out to clean one’s teeth.
Are There Any Emotional Concerns to Consider?
Studies continue to show us that many parents underestimate just how big of an impact crooked teeth can have on a teen’s confidence. Using Invisalign Teen to correct your child’s smile will allow them to avoid overwhelming anxiety and continue building their confidence.
Who Is Eligible for Invisalign® Teen?
A large percentage of teenagers suffer from “erupting” or erupted permanent dentition, which can be treated with Invisalign aligners in most cases. All patients must meet with Dr. Steven Ricci, a trained Invisalign orthodontist, to determine their candidacy. Patients that are rejected as a candidate will most likely want to seek out a second opinion, as every provider has a different level of experience with Invisalign aligners.
How Long Does Invisalign Teen Treatment Take?
The total treatment time is determined by the severity of the patient’s malocclusion. The average treatment time for Invisalign Teen is comparable to traditional metal braces.
Does My Teen Have to Wear Invisalign All The Time?
Even though the aligners can be taken out at any time, your teen should wear the trays for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. Wearing the aligners for less than 20 hours a day could affect the final results. Each tray has a blue indicator that will fade over time, and this allows Dr. Steven Ricci to track how long the aligners are worn per day.
What Happens If an Aligner Gets Lost?
Accidents can happen at any time, and you will be glad to hear that Invisalign Teen offers up to six free replacement trays per patient. Anyone that has lost a tray should contact our orthodontist immediately to have it replaced. Leaving the trays out for even just a few days could affect the treatment plan.
How Much Time Will Be Spent Visiting the Orthodontist?
On average, patients that choose Invisalign Teen will spend much less time with Dr. Steven Ricci than those that have braces. Instead of the ongoing repairs and adjustments that are needed with braces, patients will schedule just one quick appointment with him every 6 – 12 weeks.