Even More Reasons to Love Invisalign Teen

Teen Invisalign offers more features than ever.

Abnormal bite alignment, crooked permanent teeth, and spacing issues often emerge when children are still in elementary school, well before they become teenagers. Although some grade-schoolers can benefit greatly from early intervention orthodontic care, most kids don’t get braces until they’re a bit older.  

That’s because teens are ideally positioned to receive orthodontic treatment that will give them a beautiful smile for life. Why? Because unlike younger children, almost all of their permanent teeth are already in place, and unlike adults, a growing teen’s teeth and jaws are more responsive to orthodontic repositioning.

Although many teens love the idea of having perfect teeth, they’re not thrilled by the notion of having to wear traditional bracket-and-wire braces for any amount of time, especially as they make their way through high school.

Thankfully, old-school metal braces are no longer the only way to attain a flawless smile. Here at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, we use Invisalign® clear aligners — a new, groundbreaking alternative for correcting bite issues, straightening crooked teeth, fixing spacing problems, and closing gaps, all without conventional wires and brackets.  

Here’s how Invisalign Teen can transform your teen’s smile without interrupting his or her life.

The science behind Invisalign

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic system that uses a series of custom-created clear aligner trays to straighten teeth and correct a wide range of bite and spacing problems, including crooked, protruding, or crowded teeth, small gaps, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and even hard-to-treat deep bites.  

Invisalign uses advanced 3D computer imaging to diagnose your teen’s exact orthodontic needs, map out every step of their treatment plan, and provide the custom blueprint for each aligner.

Much like conventional braces, Invisalign aligners are designed to apply precise, controlled force that incrementally changes tooth position and bite alignment until it’s just right. Invisalign technology is far more efficient than regular braces, however, because it allows for better control and timing of that force.

During the two-week period that your teen wears each aligner, it painlessly and progressively moves specific teeth until they’re ready for the next aligner in the series. The treatment process continues to advance as they go from one aligner to the next, all the way through to the end.  

Invisalign Teen — better than braces

Teens may like the fact that Invisalign can usually get the job done in less time than traditional braces, but they love the fact that Invisalign is:  

Aesthetically appealing

Most teens want to be noticed for their smile, not their orthodontic appliance. Invisalign clear aligners are virtually imperceptible, meaning they won’t bring the wrong kind of attention.

Completely removable

Although your teen needs to wear their Invisalign aligner for at least 22 hours a day to obtain optimal results, they can take it out when it’s time to eat, brush and floss their teeth, play sports, or attend a special event. This feature makes Invisalign more convenient and hygienic than conventional fixed braces.

Perfectly comfortable

Made from ultra-thin SmartTrack® material that’s precision-trimmed to fit closely and comfortably, Invisalign aligners have smooth contours that won’t scrape your teen’s gums or damage their tooth enamel.   

Ongoing innovation for optimal outcomes

Invisalign technology is constantly evolving, and many of its latest improvements are specifically designed to meet the needs of teen patients.  

Invisalign G5 is a new clinical innovation that uses state-of-the-art SmartForce® attachments and aligner features to make complex tooth movements possible. It’s an ideal solution for teens with deep bites, or upper front teeth that overlap over the lower front teeth.   

In the past, conventional bracket-and-wire braces were the only way to treat challenging deep bites. Now Invisalign G5 technology makes it possible for aligners to apply the right amount of force in the right direction so this hard-to-treat problem can be resolved both discretely and predictably.

Other important Invisalign innovations include an interior bite plate that can be added to aligners to accommodate the eruption of second molars or bicuspids, and new positioners that can be added to help realign the jaw.

Other Invisalign innovations are designed to help keep your teen’s orthodontic treatment plan on track and completely transparent. A small blue dot, which is a compliance indicator, changes color when it’s time to switch to the next aligner. A video of the plan gives your teen — or their dentist — a way to see exactly what’s taking place at each stage of treatment.

Invisalign technology also makes it possible to provide custom replacement aligners quickly and easily, should your teen happen to lose one in the school cafeteria.

And forget about DIY mail-order orthodontic aligners that promise far more than they can deliver. Invisalign is, without a doubt, the best way to help your teen get a beautiful smile —  affordably, efficiently, comfortably, and with built-in assurance.

To find out if Invisalign is right for your teen, call our office in Washington, D.C. or use the easy online tool to schedule a visit with Invisalign Teen specialist Dr. Allena Willis.

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