Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign® for Teens

Adolescents are perfectly positioned to receive orthodontic care because they have nearly all their permanent teeth, and yet those teeth are more malleable and responsive to orthodontic repositioning.

But while most tweens and teens would love to have a flawless smile, they’re not excited about having to wear conspicuous wire-and-bracket braces for any amount of time, especially as they navigate the ins and outs of high school. 

Luckily, old-fashioned braces aren’t the only route to a beautiful smile. At Wappinger Falls Dental Arts, we can use Invisalign® Teen clear aligners to help your growing adolescent get straight teeth and a perfectly aligned bite — all without conventional wires and brackets.  

The science of Invisalign

Invisalign is a groundbreaking orthodontic system that uses a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners to correct crooked teeth, close gaps, and address bite misalignment. 

On top of fixing protruding teeth and taking care of mild-to-moderate spacing issues, Invisalign can solve virtually any bite problem, ranging from overbites, underbites, and crossbites to open bites and hard-to-treat deep bites.  

Invisalign uses sophisticated 3D imaging and specialized computer software to diagnose your teen’s orthodontic needs, map each step of their treatment plan, and create a precise blueprint for each corresponding aligner. 

Just like traditional braces, Invisalign aligners use applied force to make incremental changes in tooth position and bite alignment until your teen’s smile is just right. 

Your teen’s treatment plan determines how long they wear each aligner (one or two weeks), as well as which teeth are moved at each stage for optimal results. 

Better than braces

Tweens and teens like that Invisalign can often straighten teeth in less time than traditional braces, but they love that Invisalign is:  

Discreet

Teens want to be known for their smile, not their orthodontic hardware. Invisalign clear aligners are so discreet that most people don’t even notice them.  

Comfortable

Made from smooth, precision-contoured SmartTrack® material, Invisalign aligners provide a remarkably comfortable fit that won’t scrape your teen’s gums or damage their tooth enamel. 

Convenient

Although your teen needs to wear their Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day to keep their treatment on track, they can remove them for sports practice or an important first date. 

Hygienic

Your teen can also remove their Invisalign aligners when it’s time to eat, brush, and floss. This unique feature makes it easier to maintain optimal oral hygiene from start to finish.

Invisalign innovation

Invisalign technology is always evolving and improving, and some of its latest advancements are specifically designed to meet the needs of teen patients.  

Invisalign G5, an innovative new technology that uses advanced SmartForce® attachments and aligner features to make complex tooth movements possible, is an ideal solution for tweens and teens with deep bites, or upper front teeth that bite too deeply over the lower front teeth. 

Before Invisalign G5 technology, conventional braces were the only way to treat challenging deep bites. Invisalign G5 allows aligners to apply the right amount of force in the right direction so that this difficult problem can be resolved. 

Another Invisalign innovation that aims to keep your teen’s treatment plan on track is the compliance indicator, a small blue dot on the aligner that changes color when it’s time to progress to the next aligner in the series.  

If you like the idea of affordable, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic care, look no further than Invisalign. To learn more, call our office in Wappinger Falls, New York, or click the online booking tool to schedule a visit with our experienced Invisalign specialists any time.

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