As a teenager, when you think about getting braces, does it make you worry? A lot of teens face the challenges of being embarrassed by metal brackets and wires and worry that it will impact their social life and playing sports or a musical instrument. You’ve probably also heard that when you have braces, there are a lot of foods that you cannot eat because they might break your braces or get stuck in your teeth.
Well, that’s true, too. But, guess what?! With Invisalign Teen®, you can get that dazzling smile that will take you into college and your adult life without metal wires and brackets. The clear aligners free you to to enjoy food, sports, and taking good-looking high school yearbook pictures.
Are Invisalign Teen Better than Metal Braces?
Each person is different so you and your parents must decide for you. But here are some facts from Dr. Bright who uses both to treat his patients.
|Metal Braces||vs||Invisalign Aligners|
|24/7 for about 2 years||Treatment Time (patients’ treatment times vary)||22+ hours/day for 6 to 18 months|
|Silver metal, options to pay extra for colors or tooth-enamel color||Color||Clear, virtually invisible|
|$2,000-$6,000||Cost||Average of $5,000|
|About once a month for tightening and adjusting||Orthodontist Visits||About every 6 weeks, you change aligner sets every 2 weeks|
|Brush brackets and wires while brushing teeth; a braces brush or water pick is helpful||Cleaning||Use Invisalign cleaning system or brush then rinse aligners in warm water|
|Most patients need retainers, some only at night||Retainer Use||Most patients need retainers, some only at night|
||Not a good choice for||
What are Invisalign Teen Aligners?
Invisalign Teen aligners are made from smooth, clear plastic that is virtually invisible. If your friends can see them, they are too close! LOL. As your smile improves with each set of aligners, you’ll enjoy confidence all along the way.
When you meet Dr. Bright, he will determine if your orthodontic situation is right for Invisalign Teen. If so, a quick, easy scan of your teeth will help a computer build a 3D model of your teeth that will be used to create a model of how your teeth will look at each step of straightening. It is so exciting to see your smile before you even start your treatment plan.
In a couple of weeks, you will get your new Invisalign Teen aligners. You will wear a set approximately 2 weeks before switching to the next set. Depending on your case, treatment time may be as short as 9 months or as long as 18 months.
How is Invisalign Teen Different from Regular Invisalign?
Invisalign Teen is specially designed to help you follow your treatment plan. It can be tempting to tell yourself that after eating, you will go brush your teeth and put the aligners back in later. But that usually results in you not wearing your aligners long enough for them to do their job. Invisalign Teen aligners have blue dots at the back where they cannot be seen. But they tell you (and your parents and orthodontist) if you have been wearing the aligners 22 or more hours per day or not. If you aren’t, then aligners must be worn for a longer period of time which extends the time until you have a perfect smile.
The other feature of Invisalign Teen is that you get 6 free bonus aligners during your program. So, if you lose or damage an aligner, it can be replaced.