Top 10 Things You Should Know About Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system where transparent aligners are used instead of brackets and wires to gradually shift the teeth into their ideal positions. Each aligner or tray is worn for one week and we recommend wearing them 20 hours 7 days a week. The aligners are only removed in order to eat, brush, and floss the teeth. The least amount of time that aligners should be worn is 20-22 hours a day.

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Let us tell you 10 things you should know about Invisalign Teen. Chances are you already knew a few, especially if you are a current or past patient.

10 Things You Need to Know About Invisalign® Teen Treatment

  1. Invisalign® treatment is the modern way to straighten teeth.
    From 3D scanning to an individualized treatment program with amazing results, 95% of orthodontists are providing Invisalign treatment to adults and teens.
     
  2. Invisalign treatment is effective for a wide range of teeth-straightening cases from simple to complex. Invisalign Teen straightens teeth with 75% more predictability than traditional braces due to SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features.
     
  3. Invisalign treatment can now shape your teen’s smile up to 50% faster.
    Invisalign clear, removable aligners move teeth up to 50% faster than traditional braces. As they are removable, the progress is visible each step of the way.
     
  4. Invisalign treatment is a less painful way to straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable in the mouth. There are no brackets or wires to rub or poke against the cheek or gums.
     
  5. Teens do wear their Invisalign aligners. Compliance is critical when straightening the teeth. Studies show that teens wear their aligners as directed for 20 to 22 hours a day. In our office, we find teen to be better Invisalign patients than adult. 
     
  6. Teens who wear Invisalign clear aligners have more confidence. Invisalign Teen aligners are clear and are 2x more likely to boost self-esteem. Traditional braces can make teens more self-conscious.
     
  7. You can have fewer, shorter office visits and fewer emergency visits. 
    There are no emergency orthodontic visits as there are no broken wires or brackets. Less office visits are required as well as there no manual adjustments needed.
     
  8. Your teen will feel that their life is uninterrupted during Invisalign treatment.
    Invisalign can be removed for school pictures, social events, eating, brushing, and flossing. No brackets or wires get in the way of playing sports either.
     
  9. Many orthodontic insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment up to 50%.
    Invisalign Teen is generally covered by dental insurance and we offer flexible monthly payments with zero down. 
     
  10. The Invisalign® Teen Guarantee provides the confidence to choose Invisalign clear aligners for your teen. There is an option to switch to traditional wires and brackets at no additional cost if not satisfied within the first six months of Invisalign Teen.

Dr. Nizam is an Elite Platinum Invisalign certified provider, who feels every case can be treated to the same high standards as with braces and in less time than traditional braces. 

 

Why Summer is a great time to start Invisalign Teen?

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Orthodontic treatment can be started at any time, but as we approach summer, we wanted to share three reasons why it’s a great time to start your teen’s treatment. As you may know, Invisalign uses a series of progressively changing transparent aligners that are each worn for two weeks. These aligners are precisely made with exact calculations to shift your teeth into their ideal position, giving your teen a straighter, more beautiful smile.

So, here’s three reasons why Summer is the perfect time to make your initial appointment with Impressions Orthodontics about Invisalign Teen.

1) Time for appointments: Without the obligations of school, teens have more time for orthodontic appointments. You might have more time yourself, especially at the end of vacations or staycations.

2) Time to get used to life with Invisalign: There are some adjustments to make, but not as many as with traditional braces. Your teen can brush, floss, and eat without restrictions. The Invisalign tray is removed during that time. They will have to get used to wearing the trays for most of the day, keeping them clean, and changing to the next tray as prescribed.

3) Results starting to show for back-to-school: If your teen starts treatment in April or May, there will be dental adjustments that begin to show, even while wearing Invisalign. The treatment won’t be complete for the first day of school, but confidence will have risen and a new and improving smile will be ready to share.

 

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What is the right age to start treatment for a Child?

I get asked this question on a daily basis. Not just for kids younger than 10 but also teens. Parents have heard different things and some end up waiting till the child is 14-16 years old, limiting my range of treatment. Before I begin, All children should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven, this is a recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontist. This allows early identification of potential problems. Certain orthodontic conditions are also best treated at this age. Other conditions are treated after most of the permanent teeth erupt, generally age ten to twelve. 

Early Treatment

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Some bite problems, such as cross bite, should be corrected in kids that are less than 10 years of age. Bite irregularities that gradually worsen with time can be corrected or prevented.

Adolescent Teeth

As your child grows, the need for orthodontic treatment is often obvious. Just as often, however, it is not. Even teeth that appear straight may lack proper alignment. It is advised that, as your child ages, occasional evaluations be scheduled to detect current or future vulnerabilities. When early treatment occurs, cost and time in treatment can often be minimized. You want to start the treatment for a child 6 months before they hit puberty. There are questions that an orthodontist will ask to get us in the ballpark of this timing and lead to a very efficient treatment time. 

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