Straighter Teeth Without the Hassle
Traditional metal braces can be very effective for straightening teeth, but they’re not always necessary. While Dr. Grussmark may recommend braces for severe cases, most teens can be treated with Invisalign aligners.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is a clear aligner treatment plan developed just for growing teenagers. This innovative clear braces system is designed with the changes growing teens face, including guidance for wisdom teeth and growth of the mouth with maturation.
Advantages of Invisalign Teen
FAQs About Invisalign Teen
There are a couple of differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
- Blue dot indicators: Every set of Invisalign Teen aligners comes with a blue dot on the back of the set. The dot isn’t visible while the aligner is being worn and will fade with wear — the purpose of the dot is to give a visual indication of how much the aligner is being worn.
- The number of aligners: Teens can be more likely to need replacement aligners, so Invisalign provides more aligners in their Invisalign Teen program than for adults. So if your teen loses their aligner, they’ll be able to get a replacement easier.
- Made for a growing mouth: Though Invisalign can’t be started until your teen has their adult teeth in, with the exception of wisdom teeth, teens are still growing and changing. Invisalign Teen treatment accounts for these current and future changes.
In order to begin Invisalign treatment, your teen must have all their permanent teeth, with the exception of wisdom teeth. This means your child will likely be around 14 years old when they’re eligible for Invisalign Teen.
Maturity and responsibility are also incredibly important for successful Invisalign treatment. The aligners have to be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day as well as being removed for eating and cleaned properly.
If you’re unsure that your teen will wear the aligners, Invisalign has accounted for it. There are blue dot indicators on each Invisalign Teen aligner that fade with continued wear. A solid blue dot means your teen hasn’t been wearing the aligner as they should.
The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the individual case being treated, but on average it costs just slightly more than traditional metal braces. The advantages of Invisalign are unmatched, though.
Being able to smile, eat, and play sports without worrying about the appearance or function of braces. Middle and high school can be tough for teens, and Invisalign Teen can help your teen to succeed academically as well as socially while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Teen Treatment With Dr. Grussmark
The gift of straight teeth without metal braces can make a world of difference for your teen. They’ll be able to hang out with friends, play sports, and succeed without distraction or worry — Invisalign makes straightening teeth easy.
To learn about how Dr. Grussmark and our Coral Gables team can help your teen, contact us by calling (305) 441-1200 or by filling out our online contact form. We’re always happy to answer questions about our services.