about invisalign teen
Teenagers can be quite particular about their appearance so conventional metal braces may not be the ideal orthodontic therapy for them. This is why our skilled team of dentists is excited to offer Invisalign Teen for younger patients in Bellmead, TX. Similar to the adult version, Invisalign Teen can efficiently and safely adjust the position and alignment of a patient's teeth within 1 – 2 years using clear aligners. Unlike the adult version, Invisalign Teen offers eruption tabs, compliance indicators, and substitute aligners. If your child is anxious about metal braces, schedule a consultation at ACE Dental of Bellmead to learn more about Invisalign Teen.
what makes invisalign teen unique?
What makes Invisalign Teen different from Invisalign? Many parents are concerned about allowing their teen the responsibility of costly aligners for orthodontic therapy. It's a huge investment in time and money. However, our dental team understands these concerns when it comes to adolescent patients, which is why we are happy to announce that Invisalign Teen has three specific features that ensure your teen receives a straight smile:
- Compliance indicators: There is a spot on the rear portion of the aligners that wears off with usage. We will be able to tell if your teenager isn't using the aligners enough or if he or she is using them at all. This can help keep younger patients accountable for wearing their aligners 20 – 22 hours a day and keep them on schedule. Non-compliance problems mean your teenager will be in treatment for a prolonged amount of time.
- Eruption tabs: The makers of Invisalign Teen understand that not all of our adolescent patients may have their final molars or "wisdom teeth." They've created the aligners to have eruption tabs to leave space for the last molars. This is so they can develop in the correct place without overcrowding the other teeth. Regular Invisalign does not come with this feature.
- Extra replacement aligners: We anticipate for mishaps and lost aligners by adding six replacement aligners into your adolescent's treatment program. Accidents happen, and we all misplace our things from time to time so call our office in Bellmead, TX in the event you have any concerns or require a replacement aligner.
ideal Candidates for invisalign teen
Younger patients with orthodontic conditions, like an overbite, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or gaps, are the best candidates to get Invisalign Teen at ACE Dental of Bellmead. Invisalign Teen is especially helpful for teenagers who are active in athletics or the performing arts. Metal braces can be dangerous during contact sports or can make it challenging to play a musical instrument. Our team will perform a comprehensive assessment and talk about all orthodontic treatments that might be right for your son or daughter.
how to get started with Invisalign teen
You and your teen will attend a consultative appointment with our team to talk about treatment targets, care instructions that are required with orthodontic aligners, and what's to be expected throughout the correction period. Typically, most teens will need to wear aligners for 1 – 2 years, but this may vary from person to person. To start the therapy, we will capture multiple x-rays from different angles and take a digital impression of their teeth with the iTero intraoral scanner. These images are then sent off to a certified Invisalign lab, and a series of customized, clear aligners will be made to fit your teen's teeth. Once the first set of aligners are ready, we'll have your teen return to our office for their initial fitting.
what to expect during treatment
Teen patients will have follow-up visits every 2 – 4 weeks. During these visits, our team will substitute their aligners, monitor their progress, and check how well they are wearing them. Invisalign Teen has built-in compliance indicators that will inform us if your teen is using the aligners regularly. This will hold your teen accountable for using their aligners for most of the day (20 – 22 hours). Remember, your teenager will have the ability to brush and floss without the barrier of braces. Invisalign Teen should only be removed for eating, flossing, and brushing. It is also a good habit to make sure the teeth are clean before putting the aligners back in place.
Orthodontic treatments, like Invisalign Teen, may be paid in part by insurance. Our team can contact your provider to confirm your coverage and figure out your remaining costs. If you are not using insurance, our team can go over the different payment options we accept and can work on building a payment plan that is suitable for your family's budget.
restore your teen's smile with invisalign
Most teenagers want a picture-perfect grin, but they may feel uncomfortable about traditional orthodontics, like metal braces. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, we will walk our teenage patients through the treatment process and talk about how Invisalign Teen can help them attain a gorgeous, healthy smile. Get in touch with our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule a consultation with our caring team.
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