At what Age Can My Teen Start Invisalign® Treatment?

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Straighter teeth create an attractive smile while improving the overall bite and basic speech patterns. Invisalign treatments are a popular orthodontic technique used to repair crooked or misaligned teeth in teenagers and adults. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, our team of dentists works with patients throughout Bellmead, TX to provide cosmetic and restorative services, including highly tailored Invisalign treatments. Aside from typical business hours, we are open Saturdays to take regular patient visits.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatments are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. The retainers are clear and removable, offering attractive wear and ease. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, our team provides Invisalign treatments to both adults and teenagers who require intervention for crooked and misaligned teeth. Teeth that are chronically crooked can impede typical speech patterns, bite, chewing capacity, and overall oral health.

At what age can my teen start Invisalign treatment?

Teens can participate in Invisalign treatments as young as 12 years old, as long as all of their adult teeth have come in and they no longer have their baby teeth. Our team will assess your child’s teeth to determine if Invisalign treatment is the appropriate orthodontic intervention for their smile.

The Invisalign Teen system

Since teens require unique dental and orthodontic needs, we can provide our patients with the Invisalign Teen system. This revolutionary treatment includes three specific features:

  • Compliance indicators: A portion on the rear aspect of the retainer that wears with the right amount of usage. This helps keep younger patients accountable to their wear schedule.

  • Eruption tabs: Tabs that leave space for the last molars or “wisdom teeth” without overcrowding the other teeth.

  • Extra replacement aligners: An additional six aligners are added to your child’s treatment in the event that retainers are lost or broken.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Your child will come in for their initial appointment at ACE Dental of Bellmead and be fitted for Invisalign retainers using the digital iTero® intraoral scanner. The digital scan is virtually painless, and it takes only a few minutes to complete. Based on the scans, teens will receive their first set of custom Invisalign trays. After 1 – 2 weeks of wearing the first trays, your child will return for the next appointment to receive the next set of trays.

Are there times during the day when my teen can remove their Invisalign retainers?

Invisalign trays should be worn for at least 20 hours per day for the full treatment effect. However, trays can be removed for eating meals and brushing your teeth.

How long will my teen wear their Invisalign retainers?

Invisalign trays will be switched out every couple of weeks for anywhere between 6 – 24 months. Your teen’s wear schedule will depend on the initial status of their teeth and our team’s recommendations regarding orthodontic treatment. Once your teen has completed Invisalign treatment, they will be issued a Vivera® retainer to help prevent any future shifting of the teeth.

Learn more about teen Invisalign treatment

If you reside in or near Bellmead, TX, and have a teen who needs orthodontic treatment and you are looking for alternatives to traditional metal braces, contact our team at ACE Dental of Bellmead and schedule a consultation today. We’ll gladly review the basics of Invisalign treatments and see if your teen could benefit from a customized intervention plan. We accept TRICARE insurance.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.

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