What Is Invisalign Teen?
Many teens feel sensitive about their appearance during the adolescent stage in life. However, these years are the best time to undergo orthodontic treatment. The certified Invisalign dentists at ACE Dental of Taylor are pleased to offer Invisalign Teen as an alternative to the metal appearance of traditional braces. This option treats orthodontic concerns through a series of highly discreet clear aligners. Like the adult version, Invisalign Teen can straighten teeth and address bite issues but also features compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and substitute aligners to meet the unique needs of adolescent patients. If you have a teen who needs orthodontics and is concerned about the look of metal braces, meet with our Taylor, TX Invisalign dentists to learn more about this unique orthodontic option.
Unique Features of Invisalign Teen
What exactly makes Invisalign Teen different from Invisalign? A number of parents are wary of allowing their teen the responsibility of using removable aligners for their orthodontic care. Invisalign Teen has three specific features that can help keep your teen on track to achieve a straight smile:
- Eruption tabs: Some adolescent patients may be ready to begin orthodontic treatment before all of their adult molars have fully erupted. Invisalign Teen aligners offer the option of eruption tabs, which provide space for the molars to erupt without leading to overcrowding of the teeth.
- Compliance indicators: There is a small colored area on the back part of the aligners that fade with use, indicating to our team whether the aligners are being worn as indicated to achieve the goals of treatment. This feature keeps teens accountable for using their aligners 20 – 22 hours daily and helps them remain on schedule. It is important for teens and parents to understand that treatment time may be longer if the aligners are not worn as recommended.
- Extra replacement aligners: We plan for accidents and lost aligners by adding six replacement aligners into your teen's treatment plan. Accidents occur, and we all misplace items from time to time. Contact our team if your teen needs a replacement or has any other issues.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign Teen?
Children or teens with complex conditions, like narrow arches, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and open bites, may be ideal candidates for Invisalign Teen at ACE Dental of Taylor. These clear aligners may also be ideal for treating orthodontic concerns involving crooked teeth, crowding, or gaps between teeth. Invisalign Teen is often especially valuable for teens who are athletes or involved in the arts. Metal braces may be harmful during contact sports or can even make it more challenging to play a musical instrument. Teens who are reluctant to wear traditional braces due to concerns about their appearance may also be ideal candidates for clear aligners.
What Is the Treatment Process?
At your teenager's consultative appointment, our Invisalign dentists will review their needs and discuss treatment objectives. Our team will also discuss how your teen feels about wearing orthodontic aligners and provide an idea of what to expect throughout the Invisalign process. We will then use a digital iTero intraoral scanner to take impressions of your teen's teeth, which the lab will use to create a series of custom aligner trays to meet your teen's needs. Once they arrive in our office, we will have your teen return to receive the trays along with instructions on wearing and caring for these appliances. Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 – 22 hours every day and only removed to brush, floss, eat, or drink.
After Orthodontic Care
We will schedule follow-up appointments at ACE Dental of Taylor every few weeks for your teen. At these appointments, our team will track their progress and examine the compliance indicators on their aligner trays. Though Invisalign allows your teen to brush and floss without the challenges of braces, they will still need to follow good daily hygiene habits. Though treatment timing varies among patients, many use Invisalign for about 1 – 2 years. After treatment is complete, a new impression will be taken to have a Vivera® Invisalign retainer made from the same clear material. Wearing a retainer in the manner recommended our team can help keep your teen's teeth aligned as their jaws continue to develop.
Insurance Coverage for Invisalign
Some dental insurance plans may offer coverage toward orthodontics treatments, like Invisalign Teen. Our team can get in touch with your insurer to determine your teen's benefits and calculate the remaining costs. To help make your family's dental care more affordable, ACE Dental of Taylor accepts medical financing plans and a number of other convenient solutions. We will be happy to review your options and design a payment plan around your family's budget.
Give Your Teen a Reason to Smile With Invisalign
A number of teens wish for a picture-perfect smile but may be put off by the thought of wearing metal braces. The certified Invisalign dentists at ACE Dental of Taylor are excited to help teenagers achieve a beautiful, confident smile through the discreet solution of Invisalign Teen. Reach out to our friendly Taylor, TX facility today to reserve a consultation for your teenager, and learn more about this exciting orthodontic option!
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