At Hann Orthodontics, we want all our patients to look forward to a healthier, straighter smile with excitement, and not dread the orthodontic treatment it will take to achieve those results. Our teen patients especially sometimes worry about the appearance of braces, as well as the impact this type of treatment can have on their lifestyle. Invisalign is an excellent option for anybody looking for a less obvious method of treatment, but did you know they also have an aligner system designed just for teens?
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen provides us with a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth without the brackets and wires of traditional metal braces. Using a series of custom-made clear aligners, the system gently moves teeth into new, more desirable positions over time. Although the benefits and underlying technology are the same as Invisalign, Invisalign Teen was developed specifically with the unique needs of teenagers in mind. There are features found only on the teen product, including:
- blue compliance indicators that are designed to gradually fade as each aligner is worn
- eruption tabs that accommodate the growth of the second molars in young adults
- up to six replacement aligners provided at no extra cost
What benefits does Invisalign offer teens?
Comfort and convenience
Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth plastic and are custom-made to fit each patient’s smile for the ultimate in comfortable orthodontic treatment. There are no parts that can come loose and irritate the mouth, as there are with traditional braces, and this also means patients are far less likely to need any emergency appointments for broken brackets or wires. Because aligners are received in advance, each check up will typically be a little shorter, with less chair time and fewer appointments overall since there are no adjustments that need to happen. On average, Invisalign Teen patients are seen about once every eight weeks or so for anywhere from 9 to 15 months.
Removable aligners are a big bonus for teens. Because the aligners are meant to be removed at mealtimes, there are none of the food restrictions that come with traditional braces, so patients can still eat all their favorite foods. Sticking to a good oral hygiene routine can be tricky with the brackets and wires of braces, but brushing and flossing is a cinch with an aligner that comes out and cleans easily.
Invisalign Teen is also an ideal choice for teens who are active in sports or play a musical instrument. For athletically inclined patients, aligners can be removed and replaced with a regular mouthguard before working out, practicing, or playing a game. Musicians are able to remove their aligner before band practice or a concert for uninterrupted music making.
Similar costs for the same great results
When looking into alternative orthodontic treatments, many parents worry about an increase in fees, but the Invisalign Teen system costs just about the same as traditional braces. Hann Orthodontics is happy to offer our patients financing through Chase Health Advance Financing Options, as well as a variety of flexible payment plans with low monthly payments. We also offer no money down payment plans.
When is a patient eligible for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is designed for patients who have lost all of their primary teeth and second molars at least partially erupted. Most teens will fit this bill, but we recommend parents first schedule a complimentary consultation with us to determine if their child is a good fit for the Invisalign Teen system.