Clear Orthodontic Treatment Just For Teens

  • March 7, 2016

You wore braces. Your spouse wore braces.

Now, your son or daughter is at the age when orthodontic treatment seems like the next step. It’s almost a tradition in your family.

Does this mean he or she will have to get braces, too? Not necessarily.

Your teenager is growing up at a time when orthodontics go beyond the old standards. He or she can try something plastic instead.

You may have heard of Invisalign. However, you may not realize it has a special product line for teenagers.

To learn more about Invisalign Teen, contact the office of Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A. in Boca Raton, FL.

Will Invisalign Work For You?

The best way to answer that is to schedule a consultation in our office. We can better advise you about the best treatment options after we examine your teen’s teeth and mouth structure.

Our goal is to give your son or daughter a straight smile no matter which treatment he or she receives.

With that said, Invisalign can be used to fix a number of alignment problems, including:

  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbites
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Initially, Invisalign was not recommended for teenagers for a variety of reasons. Through research and experience, they have learned that it can be, and has been, effective for orthodontic patients of all ages. More research led to the development of Invisalign Teen.

The developers took into consideration that teenagers’ permanent teeth may still be erupting when their orthodontic treatment begins.

The developers also included some other features that make Invisalign Teen different than the original Invisalign aligners.

The Blue Dots

We were teenagers once. We know that teens have a lot on their minds. Sometimes teens forget things. Maybe it would be better to say that teens have different priorities than their parents.

Your son or daughter will need to do two things for Invisalign to work as it should.

First, he or she should wear the clear aligners for around 22 hours per day. Second, he or she will need to change the aligners as needed.

You and your teen know if he or she will wear them for the prescribed time. Each aligner also has a blue dots (which are located near the back of the aligner). These will fade as you teen wears them. This will let you know whether if your son or daughter has been wearing the aligners like he or she should.

Free Replacements

Earlier, we mentioned that teens don’t always have the same priorities as their parents. Sometimes this means teens don’t take care of things as well as their parents would like.

Knowing this, Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacements for lost aligners. All you have to do is let us know if your teen leaves an aligner behind somewhere, drops an aligner, or just forgets where an aligner is. We can get the replacement aligner ordered for you.

One thing you may be surprised to learn is that teens actually have been more reliable than adults about wearing their aligners, according to the feedback Invisalign has received from orthodontists.

Benefits Over Braces

We mentioned earlier that Invisalign won’t work for everyone. However, Invisalign Teen does offer three clear advantages over metal braces if your teen can use this system.

  1. They are clear.

Invisalign’s clear aligners are virtually transparent when they are worn over your teen’s teeth. Your teen may feel more confident knowing that he or she does not have metal wires running through his or her mouth and brackets attached to his or her teeth.

  1. They are comfortable.

Again, Invisalign Teen is made of plastic. Each aligner is one solid piece of plastic with smooth sides. This makes them less likely to cause scratches or irritation than metal braces.

  1. They are convenient.

If you wore braces, then you probably remember giving up certain foods and being extra careful about brushing and flossing. With Invisalign Teen, your son or daughter can remove the aligners for a few hours each day.

This means your son or daughter can keep eating the foods that he or she likes. Also, your child can brush and floss like he or she always has.

Find Out More

If you live in or near Boca Raton, make plans to visit our office to find out if Invisalign Teen could work for your son or daughter.

Call 561-235-3100 or fill out our online form to make an appointment with Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A.

Find Out More

If you live in or near Boca Raton, make plans to visit our office to find out if Invisalign Teen could work for your son or daughter.

Call 561-235-3100 or fill out our online form to make an appointment with Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A.

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