If you have been told that braces are in your teenager’s future, you and your teen may be wondering about Invisalign. You will be glad to discover that Invisalign for teens is a safe and effective option for a teenager who is ready for the responsibility of an aligner. At Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas TX, we can fit your teen with an Invisalign device and provide a customized treatment program.
Invisalign is clear and almost invisible, making it an attractive choice for teenagers who are very conscious of the way they look. Find out how Invisalign works and whether or not it is the right option for you and your child. Many people find that the advanced technology and advantages of Invisalign far outshine traditional braces. You can make that choice for yourself and your teen when you have all of the information.
Can a 14 Year Old Get Invisalign?
Invisalign for Teens
Invisalign has several different products that are made for various age groups. Invisalign for kids is made for mouths that are still growing, and Invisalign for adults is made for mouths with teeth that have been in place for a while and may not move easily.
Invisalign for teens is made specifically for teenagers whose teeth are permanent but can still be moved without any trouble. This is the perfect product for a 14-year-old.
Is Your Teen a Good Candidate for Invisalign for Teens?
To be good candidates for this product, teens should have most of their permanent teeth. It is okay if there are a couple of molars that aren’t in yet but other teeth should be adult teeth. By 14 years old, the majority of kids do have all of their adult teeth.
One important quality that a teen should have before getting Invisalign is self-discipline. That is because the teenager will need to wear the device for about twenty-two hours each day. If the teenager doesn’t wear the device for the recommended amount of time each day, straightening teeth could take a lot longer. It may not work at all, which would be a waste of time and money.
Parents must be willing to supervise the teen’s commitment to the product. While a parent cannot be with a teenager all the time, this product does include a feature that will help parents take control. A small, blue dot appears on the device when it has been worn for the required amount of time. This will give parents some peace of mind when it comes to trusting their children with Invisalign.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. It is a clear, nearly invisible device that can straighten and align teeth. The device is removable, comfortable, and fit specifically to the patient’s mouth.
How It Works
Invisalign is similar to traditional braces in the way it works. The device puts pressure on the teeth, as brackets and wires do with metal braces, This causes the teeth to move into the proper place. Every 2 weeks, the patient gets a new aligner. This moves the teeth a little bit more.
Advantages Compared to Regular Braces
Invisalign devices don’t have brackets and wires that can irritate the mouth, so they are more comfortable than traditional braces. Each new device causes the teeth to align a little further without the use of any metal.
Some teens are more comfortable with the way they look in Invisalign than with braces. Invisalign is clear, and the device often goes completely unnoticed. Looking good is important to many teenagers, and a nearly invisible alternative to braces can offer teens confidence that traditional braces might take away.
Invisalign aligners are made to fit exactly to your child’s mouth using some of the latest technology available. This means there will be no rubbing or irritation. The device goes right into place and stays in the appropriate spot. It will not flop around in the mouth or fall out as a retainer can.
Sometimes it can be hard to predict exactly how well braces are going to work. The same is not true of Invisalign for teens. Invisalign is designed to give you the outcome you are expecting as long as it is being used properly.
No Restrictions in Eating
Traditional metal braces often require the patient to avoid certain foods. Anything sticky can dislodge some of the parts of the metal braces. Foods like popcorn can get stuck between the teeth and in the metal brackets. Invisalign does not require a special diet. Your teen will be able to eat normally.
The orthodontist begins the treatment process by using a tool that creates a 3-D image of your teenager’s new smile. You will be able to see what your teen’s teeth are going to look like after the treatment is complete, so there will be no surprises.
Special software allows the orthodontist to take special pictures and actually map out your teen’s treatment plan. This is how the treatment is fully customized to your teen and their individual needs. The software shows each step in the process and how each aligner will need to be created and where the pressure will need to be in order to give you and your teenager the final result you want.
This technology means that the orthodontist will know exactly which teeth are moving and how they are responding at any given stage in the treatment process. There is no guessing or simply hoping things go according to plan.
Precision wings are an Invisalign feature that allows the lower jaw to be moved in cases of a misaligned bite or other dental malocclusions. This means that Invisalign can adjust the bite and straighten the teeth at the same time with efficiency and a high level of effectiveness. Using precision wings, Invisalign can fix an overbite and make the profile and chin area look more balanced.
These are powerful attachments that can help stubborn teeth move more easily into place. They are tiny items that are the same color as the teeth. They are attached to certain teeth, and they allow the Invisalign device to put more appropriate pressure on the teeth so that they move more easily.
Because sometimes moving teeth can be complicated and difficult, without these attachments some patients would need traditional braces. These very small pieces make it possible for most teens to use Invisalign instead.
Once the treatment is complete, the patient will need to wear a retainer for a while to keep teeth in place and allow them to settle properly. We will fit your teen for a retainer and talk about how and when to wear it. Retainers are often worn on a schedule that begins with wearing them all the time and tapers into wearing them only at night.
Is Invisalign for Teens Expensive Compared To Braces?
Invisalign usually costs about the same amount as braces do, and it is covered by most insurance plans. We can help you understand the costs of each, so you can make an informed decision. Come in for a consultation, and we will get you the information you will need.
When Does My Teen Not Wear the Aligners?
When patients are using Invisalign, they must wear the aligners most of the time. This ensures that the proper pressure is being put on the teeth and that the teeth are moving appropriately according to the treatment plan. Your teen will wear the aligner almost all of the time. The exceptions are eating and cleaning the device.
There may be other very specific times when it is appropriate to remove the device. This may include when playing a sport or playing specific musical instruments. Your teen should keep the device in at all other times.
What if the Device Gets Lost?
Like retainers, aligners sometimes get accidentally tossed in the trash or left on the sidelines of a game. Unlike retainers, aligners were made to be replaced. If your teenager loses an Invisalign device, you can come in for a replacement. The aligners are replaced every 2 weeks anyway, so one additional device will not change much.
The Right Choice for Teens
Invisalign is a great choice when you are looking for the perfect alternative to braces for your teenager. Your teen will love the many benefits of this approach to straightening teeth, and you will love the efficiency and the end results. Even if your teen has extensive orthodontic issues like an overbite or especially difficult teeth to move, Invisalign is often the best option.
Visit us at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas TX to find out more about Invisalign and to discover why so many parents and their kids choose Invisalign over traditional braces. We are here to answer all of your questions and to help you understand the process and the techniques we use. Is Invisalign the right choice for your teen? It’s time to find out.