About InvISalign Teen
Teenagers can be very sensitive about their appearance so conventional metal braces may not be the greatest orthodontic therapy for them. In these instances, the certified Invisalign dentists at ACE Dental of New Braunfels may recommend Invisalign Teen for younger patients. Similar to the adult version, Invisalign Teen can safely and effectively help realign and reposition a patient's teeth with clear, removable aligners. Unlike the regular version, Invisalign Teen has unique features fit for the needs of adolescent patients, including compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and replacement aligners. If your child is worried about wearing metal braces, schedule an appointment at our New Braunfels, TX practice to learn more about Invisalign Teen.
WHAT MAKES INVISALIGN TEEN UNIQUE?
What makes Invisalign Teen different from Invisalign? A number of parents are wary of giving their teen responsibility for expensive aligners during their orthodontic therapy. It is a big investment in money and time, and our team is aware of these factors with teenage patients. Invisalign Teen has three great features that ensure your adolescent receives a straight smile:
- Compliance indicators: There is a spot on the rear portion of the aligners that wears off with usage. Our dental team will have the ability to tell if your teen is wearing the aligners as needed. This can help keep the teens accountable for wearing their aligners 20 – 22 hours a day and keep them on schedule. Noncompliance problems mean your teenager is going to be in treatment for a longer amount of time.
- Eruption tabs: The manufacturers of Invisalign Teen know that not all of our adolescent patients may have all of their molars fully grown in. They have created the product with eruption tabs that leave space for these back teeth. This can allow the molars to erupt in a normal fashion without crowding the other teeth. The standard Invisalign does not have this feature.
- Extra replacement aligners: We plan for mishaps and missing aligners by building six replacement aligners in your adolescent's treatment plan. Accidents happen, and we can misplace items sometimes so call our office in New Braunfels, TX if you have any issues or need a replacement aligner.
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Best Candidates For Invisalign Teen
Teens with conditions, such as crooked teeth, teeth crowding, or gaps may be ideal candidates for Invisalign Teen at ACE Dental of New Braunfels. Those who have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or narrow dental arches might also benefit from this treatment option. Invisalign Teen is especially helpful for teens who are active in sports or the arts. Metal braces can be harmful during contact sports or can even make it more challenging to play a musical instrument. Our dental professionals will conduct a thorough assessment and go over all orthodontic treatments that may be ideal for your daughter or son.
What to Expect During Treatment
Your teen will have a consultative appointment at our facility to discuss treatment objectives, how they feel about using an orthodontic appliance, and what will be expected during the correction period. To start the treatment, we will scan their upper and lower teeth utilizing advanced iTero technology for comfortable digital impressions. Clear acrylic aligners will be produced in a dental lab from the impressions, which are customized to fit your teenager's mouth. Once they are ready, your teen will return to our office to ensure their Invisalign teeth aligners fit properly and so our team can provide the appropriate care instructions. Typically, your teen will be required to wear the trays for 20 – 22 hours every day, only removing them while eating or drinking and to brush or floss the teeth.
Following Orthodontic Treatment
Patients will need follow-up visits every few weeks. During these visits, we will replace their aligners, monitor their progress, and check how well they are wearing them. Invisalign Teen has compliance indicators that can inform our team if your teenager is using the aligners regularly. Remember, your teen will be able to floss and brush without the obstacle of braces. Invisalign Teen will have to be removed before eating, and it is a good habit to ensure the teeth are clean before putting the aligners back into position. After the orthodontic treatment is complete, we will conduct a final set of iTero impressions to create your teen's custom Vivera® retainers. We will also provide thorough instructions on how to properly wear the retainers to maintain your teen's new smile.
Insurance Coverage For Invisalign teen
Invisalign Teen may be covered in part by insurance. Our staff can contact your provider to determine your benefits and calculate your remaining costs. If you are not using insurance, we can discuss the payment options accepted at ACE Dental of New Braunfels, such as medical financing and flexible payment plans.
Increase Your Confidence with Invisalign Teen
Most teenagers want a picture-perfect smile; however, they may feel uncomfortable about traditional orthodontics, like metal braces. At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, we walk our teen patients through the process and discuss how Invisalign Teen can help them achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Get in touch with our office in New Braunfels, TX to schedule a consultation!