Teens were made to move! Between school, sports and making friends, teenagers have enough on their minds without having to worry about how they look with metal braces. We want to make their busy lives a little bit easier by making their orthodontic treatment as smooth as possible. We’ve gotten every question there is about Invisalign® Teen, so to help you out with finding the information you need, here are the most frequently asked questions.
Invisalign® Teen and Invisalign® for adults are fundamentally the same, but the treatment for teens is different in a small way. Each Invisalign® Teen aligner has a small blue dot near the area where the back molars would be. When your teen wears the aligner for the 22 hours per day this blue dot will fade away. If the blue dot has not faded away, it means that they are not wearing them as much as they should be. These “compliance indicators” as we call them are a simple measure that we take to ensure that teens get the most out their orthodontic treatment.
If you think your child would be a good fit for Invisalign® Teen, just schedule an appointment with us at our Upper East Side or TriBeCa office. Dr. Bronsky and our talented team will conduct an initial consultation to determine if your child is eligible to receive Invisalign® Teen treatment. In some cases, Invisalign® Teen may not be the ideal treatment, but the good news is that there are other treatment options available so they can achieve the healthy smile they deserve.
Even though the aligners are removable, it doesn’t mean that they can be taken out all the time. You can remove your Invisalign® aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can take them off for special occasions, like a wedding, job interview, or for playing your favorite sport or instrument. Just remember to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.
Compared to traditional braces that can be damaged by hard or sticky foods, Invisalign® Teen aligners can be completely removed. Your teen will always be able to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks without restrictions. The aligners should be removed for eating or drinking anything, but drinking a plain glass of water is perfectly fine without removal. Be careful when drinking hot beverages as they can warp the plastic that the aligners are made from, and can make it so that they no longer fit over the teeth comfortably.
Teens were made to move! With removable clear aligners, they can continue to enjoy their favorite activities AND keep playing the sports they love – no timeouts needed.
Keeping the Invisalign® Teen aligners clean is essential during the entire treatment process. Keeping aligners clean is as simple, as a gentle brushing with some water with a normal toothbrush. The aligners should also be soaked in a cleansing denture solution for a more thorough clean. Just make sure your teen doesn’t forget to brush and floss their own teeth before they put them back in.
Every smile is unique, which is why we create personalized treatment plans. This makes treatment time for Invisalign® Teen vary on a patient to patient basis and depends on how far the teeth need to move and how many sets of aligners will be necessary to achieve their best smile.
During the busy day of the average teen, an aligner or two may get lost or broken, which is why Invisalign® Teen treatment comes with replacement aligners. Just make sure to get the replacement as soon as possible so they can continue wearing their aligners 22 hours a day.