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Your phone is wireless, your computer too! Why aren’t your braces? Introducing Invisalign TEEN…

CLEAR COMFORTABLE EFFECTIVE

Invisalign® Teen is a treatment that can straighten your child’s teeth without the discomfort and embarrassment of conventional fixed braces.

Your teenager will visit their dental practitioner, approximately every 4-6 weeks, and receive the next series of clear, virtually invisible aligners.

Contrary to conventional fixed braces, Invisalign® Teen allows you to remove the aligners, which means you can continue to enjoy your normal life. So you can continue regular daily activities, whether that’s playing sports, musical instruments or even eating and drinking, while still being able to brush and floss with ease.

Like so many things in life, it’s not just looking good that matters. Feeling good matters too. Thanks to its flexibility and the absence of metal wires, Invisalign Teen is particularly suited for continued brushing and flossing and is gentle on your teeth and mouth – so you won’t have to worry about the irritation and inconvenience associated with metal braces.

Why does Invisalign work and what is so good about it?

Similar to a treatment with conventional braces, your dental practitioner will initially take photographs, x-rays (ra-diographs), impressions of your teeth and make a treatment plan. These records are then sent to Align Technology where they will be scanned and turned in to a 3D digital representation of your teeth.

This allows your dental practitioner to continue to plan your treatment in 3D from start to finish and then show you the projected end results. In other words you can have a “designer smile”!

After your virtual course of treatment has been finalised you will be able to see the movement of your teeth in a 3D animation. A series of aligners will then be custom manufactured for you. The aligners are made from a light-weight plastic material and will fit around only your teeth and will be changed every two weeks for a new one. Each aligner is slightly different from the previous one and moves your teeth gently into the desired position and a smile you‘ll be proud of. The length of treatment may vary dependant on the severity of your individual treatment and can be determined by your dental practitioner. On average treatments take approximately 9-18 months.

Frequently asked questions about Invisalign TEEN nearly invisible braces

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ADULT INVISALIGN® TREATMENT AND THE INVISALIGN® TEEN TREATMENT?

Although many of the benefits are the same, Invisalign Teen is differentiated by three new features that were designed specifically for a patient with the needs or the type of dentition commonly found in teenagers.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL MY CHILD SPEND AT THEIR ORTHODONTICS?

Invisalign Teen requires very little manipulation or maintenance by the orthodontist in order to be effective, so your child will spend limited time visiting their dental practitioner. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks (or as per their orthodontist’s recommendations) to check on progress and to provide your child with their next sets of aligners.

IS INVISALIGN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES?

In the hands of a skilled and experienced practitioner and when worn according to their recommendation, Invisalign Teen is as effective as traditional braces for most types of treatment.

IS IT EASY TO KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN WITH INVISALIGN TEEN?

Yes! Invisalign Teen allows your child to remove their aligners for eating or  brushing and flossing their teeth, so it is easier to maintain proper oral hygiene with the treatment than it is with traditional fixed braces. Best of all, food will not get caught on any fixed brackets and wires, since Invisalign is removable and wire-free.

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?

In addition to in some cases improved oral health, an active lifestyle is made simpler when wearing Invisalign Teen as opposed to fixed wires and brackets. Since the device is removable it’s easy for your child to play sports or an instrument as any teenager would – even one who is not in orthodontic treatment.

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW OFTEN MY CHILD IS WEARING THEIR ALIGNERS?

The compliance indicators located on the upper aligner can estimate the approximate amount of time your child spends wearing the product. The indicators are designed to fade from blue to clear as a gauge of approximate wear time, so you can ensure your child’s compliance easily. Because they are so easy to wear there is usually little reluctance anyway!

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD DOES NOT WEAR THE ALIGNERS FOR THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF TIME?

Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn per your dental practitioner’s recommendation. Overall, we find the aligners are most effective if worn 20 to 22 hours per day – and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD LOSES ONE OR BOTH OF THEIR ALIGNERS?

In the event that an aligner is lost, your child should inform their dental practitioner right away. Dependent on their treatment progress, the dental practitioner may tell them to go back and wear the previous set of aligners and will then order a new set of aligners to replace the ones that were lost or move to the next set of aligners immediately.

IF MY SON/DAUGHTER IS 17 YEARS OLD, SHOULD THEY USE INVISALIGN® OR INVISALIGN® TEEN?

Ask their dental practitioner when deciding between the two options. Although your child may be a suitable candidate for other Invisalign treatments, they may benefit from some of the new features that Invisalign Teen offers