12 Things Parents Need to Know about Invisalign Teen®
1. What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is the perfect way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the need for traditional metal braces which can be restricting and uncomfortable. As an alternative to wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners that have been specifically designed for your teen’s teeth using advanced 3D software. The aligners fit comfortably over your teen’s teeth and each set of aligners will need to be replaced with a new set every week or so. Gently and gradually, your teen’s teeth will move into the desired position achieving a confident and healthy smile.
2. Is Invisalign as effective as traditional metal braces?
When Invisalign aligners are worn for the recommended amount of time each day, Invisalign Teen has proved to as effective as traditional metal braces for the majority of orthodontic issues. Invisalign Teen can be used to treat mild to severe orthodontic problems, including gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, and overcrowding. There is a high chance that your teen will be suitable for Invisalign Teen regardless of their orthodontic issues, however to find out for sure, simply arrange a free appointment by phoning our staff on 07 5593 3733.
3. What are the advantages of Invisalign Teen compared with traditional braces?
If you’ve had braces yourself in the past, you’ll understand the discomfort associated with traditional metal braces (particularly to start with). With Invisalign aligners, your teen doesn’t have to worry about any injuries when playing sports and won’t have any problems playing music.
Additionally, patients of Invisalign Teen don’t have any food restrictions that patients with braces have to worry about. Foods like popcorn, apples, carrots, along with anything sticky must be avoided by patients with braces. Invisalign aligners can easily be removed when eating, brushing, and flossing which helps to maintain good oral hygiene.
4. Are there any emotional concerns?
Given that teenagers are very concerned with their self-image, sporting metal braces for several years can damage their confidence and self-esteem. The best part about Invisalign aligners is that they’re virtually invisible to other people and no-one will even notice that Invisalign Teen patients are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
5. Who are eligible candidates for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign aligners can be used to treat any patient that has erupting or erupted permanent dentition, including most teenagers. Furthermore, most orthodontic problems can be treated using Invisalign, however it’s best to consult your orthodontist who can confirm your eligibility. If you’ve already been advised by an orthodontist that you’re not an eligible candidate, book a free consultation with Dr Seeman to get a second opinion. Each orthodontist has differing levels of experience with Invisalign, and it’s very uncommon for Dr Semaan to turn down any teenager from Invisalign Teen treatment.
6. How long will my teen need Invisalign Teen treatment?
The length of treatment is typically determined by the complexity of your teen’s condition, however you’ll be glad to know that the average treatment time with Invisalign Teen is about the same as traditional metal braces. Keep in mind that there are appliances used to accelerate treatment times and Dr Seeman is constantly achieving faster results with less appointments, meaning less time out of work and school.
7. How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign Teen costs around the same as traditional metal braces and the costs are highly dependent on the severity of your teen’s orthodontic condition. If you have private health insurance that has orthodontic cover, you will be covered by Invisalign Teen. At Clear Invisible Braces, we offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans to all our patients.
8. Does my teen need to wear Invisalign aligners all day and night?
Yes, your teen should wear their Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day which gives them enough time for eating and cleaning their teeth. Also, keep in mind that each set of aligners are replaced approximately every week. Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check so our orthodontist can track how long your teen has been wearing their aligners. Considering that the blue indicator fades when the aligners are worn as directed, patients generally wear their aligners for the recommended amount of time.
9. What happens if my teen loses a set of aligners?
Clear Invisible Braces offers all Invisalign Teen patients six replacement aligners at no additional costs. If your teen’s aligner gets broken or lost, simply phone our staff who will be able to determine whether replacement aligners need to be ordered or if your teen should just continue with their next set of aligners.
10. How often will my teen need follow-up appointments?
As there are no adjustments to be made with Invisalign Teen and no wires or brackets need to be repaired, you’ll find that your teen will require less follow-up appointments than they would with traditional metal braces. After the initial appointment, Invisalign Teen patients are only required for follow-up appointments roughly every 10 to 12 weeks, as opposed to every 4 to 6 weeks for traditional metal braces.
11. Will my teen see the orthodontist at every follow-up appointment?
No, there is no need for an orthodontist to see your teen at every follow-up appointment. As no adjustments are required, you’ll normally see one of our highly trained staff instead who will carry out the exact instructions given by Dr Semaan who has carefully crafted each stage of their treatment. Dr Semaan specialises in the design phase of the Invisalign treatment process which is critical for a successful outcome.
12. What if my teen doesn’t comply with Invisalign?
At Clear Invisible Braces, Dr Semaan is so confident that all Invisalign Teen patients will have a positive experience that we offer a CSO Invisalign Teen Guarantee.
Our Invisalign Teen Guarantee
If your teen isn’t having a positive experience with Invisalign during the first 6 months of treatment, or you believe that Invisalign Teen ‘isn’t working’ during the first 6 months of treatment, we will gladly switch to traditional metal braces at no additional costs. In addition to this, we offer all Invisalign Teen patients 6 replacement aligners for free.