About Invisalign Teen
Patients in the teen years of life are often conscious about their appearance, especially when it comes to wearing metal braces. However, this is generally an ideal time to treat any orthodontic concerns. At ACE Dental of Hewitt, our qualified general dentists are excited to offer the discreet option of Invisalign Teen to adolescent patients. Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners to safely and effectively improve the appearance of the teeth while resolving common orthodontic needs. Unlike the adult system, however, Invisalign Teen has features designed to meet the unique needs of this age group, including eruption tabs, compliance indicators, and replacement aligners. If your teenager requires orthodontic care but is concerned about wearing metal braces, schedule a visit at our Hewitt, TX practice to meet with one of our certified Invisalign dentists.
What Makes Invisalign Teen Unique?
We understand that many parents may hesitate at the idea of allowing their teenager the responsibility of wearing removable appliances for orthodontic treatment. Invisalign Teen has three specific features that can help keep your adolescent on track to a straight smile:
- Compliance indicators: There is a blue spot on the back portion of the aligners that wears off with usage. This can help us determine if the aligners are being worn as recommended (20 – 22 hours each day) to achieve treatment results. Non-compliance may mean that your teen will have to undergo therapy for a longer amount of time.
- Eruption tabs: The manufacturers of Invisalign know that some teen patients may be ready to start orthodontic care before all of their molars have fully grown in. They have created the aligners with special eruption tabs that leave space for the last molars to erupt. This unique feature lets these molars emerge without causing crowding among other teeth.
- Extra replacement aligners: We plan for mishaps and missing aligners by building six substitute aligners in your adolescent's treatment plan. Accidents happen, and we all misplace things from time to time. Please call our office in Hewitt, TX if you have any concerns or your teen needs a replacement aligner.
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Ideal Candidates for Invisalign Teen
Invisalign teen may be an ideal option for adolescent patients who have orthodontic conditions, such as an overbite, underbite, open bite, or a crossbite. Teens with crooked teeth, crowding, narrow arches, or gaps may also be good candidates for this clear aligner solution. Invisalign Teen is especially helpful for teens who are active in sports or the arts, as traditional orthodontics can cause injury to the mouth during contact sports or make it more difficult to play a musical instrument. Younger patients who may feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces might also feel more comfortable undergoing care with Invisalign Teen.
What to Expect During Treatment
When you and your teen visit ACE Dental of Hewitt for a consultation, our Invisalign dentists will discuss treatment objectives, your teen's feelings toward wearing orthodontic appliances, and what to expect during the treatment process. To begin the treatment, we will take digital iTero impressions of the upper and lower teeth, which the Invisalign lab will use to create your teen's custom series of clear aligner trays. We will have your teen return once the aligners are ready to learn how to care for these appliances and try in the first set. Invisalign aligners should be worn in the mouth for 20 – 22 hours every day and only removed before eating and drinking or prior to brushing and flossing the teeth.
Following Orthodontic Care
We generally recommend seeing adolescent patients every few weeks for orthodontic checkups. At these appointments, our Invisalign dentists will evaluate their improvement and take a look at the compliance indicators on their trays. While removable aligners make it much easier to brush and floss, your teen will still need to maintain good oral hygiene efforts every day. Treatment timing ranges among individual patients, but most teens wear Invisalign for 1 – 2 years. When orthodontic care is complete, our staff will take new impressions of your teen's mouth and have Invisalign Vivera® retainers made from the same clear material. Wearing these retainers as suggested can help maintain the results of orthodontic care as your teenager's mouth continues to develop.
As an orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen may be partially covered under certain dental insurance policies. To learn about orthodontic coverage, we will contact your provider to review your teen's benefits. ACE Dental of Hewitt accepts a variety of convenient payment options to help make covering out-of-pocket costs easier for your family. A member of our staff can also assist you in exploring budget-friendly financing options, such as low-cost medical financing.
Explore the Advantages of Invisalign Teen
A number of adolescents need orthodontic care but are not comfortable with the thought of wearing metal braces. At ACE Dental of Hewitt, we are pleased to offer the option of Invisalign Teen to help teenagers in our community achieve healthy, confident smiles. Get in touch with our office in Hewitt, TX to schedule an appointment with our certified Invisalign dentists and learn if this option is ideal for your teen!
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