What Is Invisalign Teen?
Teenagers can be very particular about their physical appearance, leaving metal braces an undesirable choice for many patients in this age group. To meet the needs of patients in the Chester Springs, PA community, our certified Invisalign dentists are pleased to offer Invisalign Teen. Just like the adult version, Invisalign Teen can safely and effectively align and reposition teeth with clear removable aligners, often within about 1 – 2 years. But Invisalign Teen also features compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and replacement aligners, all of which are specifically designed for adolescents. If your teenager may need orthodontics but is hesitant about metal braces, schedule a consultation at Byers Station Dental to get more information on Invisalign Teen.
What Makes Invisalign Teen Unique?
Parents are often concerned about allowing their teen the responsibility of wearing removable aligners for their orthodontic treatment. This is a big investment in time and money, and our dentists are aware of these factors when it comes to teenage patients. Invisalign Teen includes three specific features that can help keep your adolescent on track to receive a beautiful, straight smile:
- Eruption tabs: The manufacturers of Invisalign Teen know that in some cases, teens are ready for orthodontics before all of their molars have fully erupted. They have designed the aligners with eruption tabs that make space for these back teeth, which can help molars erupt properly without overcrowding the other teeth.
- Compliance indicators: There is a small area on the back portion of each aligner that wears off with use. Our Invisalign dentists will have the ability to tell whether your teen is using the aligners as necessary for their care. This feature can help keep younger patients accountable for using their aligners 20 – 22 hours daily and keep them on schedule. Non-compliance with proper use can considerably extend or lengthen your teen's orthodontic treatment.
- Extra replacement aligners: We plan for mishaps and aligners that go missing by building six replacement aligners in your teen's treatment program. Accidents occur, and we all misplace items from time to time. Call our office in Chester Springs, PA in the event your teen needs a replacement aligner.
Is Your Teen a Candidate for Invisalign?
Younger patients with orthodontic conditions, like crooked teeth, teeth crowding, or gapped teeth, are often great candidates for Invisalign Teen at Byers Station Dental. Even dental malocclusion, like narrow arches and an overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite, may be effectively addressed with this option. Since Invisalign Teen aligners can be easily removed, they are especially helpful for teens who are active in athletics or the arts. Metal braces can be harmful during contact sports or can make it difficult to play a musical instrument. Our dentists will complete a comprehensive assessment and help you determine if Invisalign Teen might be right for your son or daughter.
What Is the Treatment Process?
We will begin the Invisalign process by taking x-rays and digital iTero impressions of your teen's mouth. Our dentists will then use these images to customize your teen's individual orthodontic treatment plan, and send your teen's images, along with specific design instructions, to the Invisalign lab. A series of clear, acrylic aligners will be produced from the impressions and customized to fit your teenager's teeth. When they arrive in our office, we will have your teen return to try in the first set. Each pair of aligners will be worn for 1 – 2 weeks before being traded out for the next set in the series. Your teen's teeth will be incrementally guided into proper alignment over the course of treatment.
Caring for Invisalign Aligners
We will schedule your teen to visit our Chester Springs, PA office for an Invisalign visit about once a month. At these visits, our dentists will evaluate their orthodontic progress and examine the compliance indicators on the aligners. Your teen should wear the aligners for 20 – 22 hours each day, only removing them to drink or eat and for home care activities. Since the aligners can be removed, your teen should be able to enjoy their favorite foods and brush and floss with ease.
At the end of your teen's treatment, we will take another impression to have a set of retainers made. Vivera® retainers from Invisalign are crafted of the same clear, smooth material and are worn in the same manner as orthodontic aligners.
Will Insurance Cover Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen may be covered in part by some dental insurance plans. Our team will contact your insurer to review your family's benefits and help you maximize your teen's insurance coverage. Once we have this information, we can then talk with you about any associated out-of-pocket costs. Byers Station Dental strives to make quality dental care accessible to all in our community. In addition to being an in-network provider for several insurance plans, we also accept an array of convenient payment options.
Explore the Discreet Option Invisalign Teen
We know that many teenagers would love to straighten their teeth and enjoy a picture-perfect smile. However, they may feel uncomfortable about wearing conventional orthodontics, like metal braces. At Byers Station Dental, we are pleased to offer the option of Invisalign Teen to help adolescents achieve a beautiful and healthy smile in a more discreet manner. Get in touch with our office in Chester Springs, PA to schedule an appointment for your teen with our Invisalign dentists.