Invisalign Teen: Your questions answered

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Smile Solutions is Australia’s largest provider of Invisalign. If you are looking for a flexible orthodontic solution for your teen, then Invisalign may be the answer.

What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that come with conventional braces.

Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.

Is Invisalign as effective as conventional braces?

Yes. When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth.

The chances are very high your teen will be a great candidate for Invisalign. To find out for sure, call our friendly Smile Solutions staff on 13 13 96, fill out an Enquiry Form here, or visit Smile Solutions’ Invisalign Shop at 220 Collins Street, Melbourne, for an on-the-spot assessment.

What are some of the practical advantages of Invisalign Teen over conventional braces? 

If you’ve had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces. They can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldn’t eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots.

With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions. The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

Who is eligible for Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentition – this includes most teenagers. A trained Invisalign orthodontist should evaluate your teen’s specific dental issues to determine candidacy.

How long does Invisalign Teen treatment take? 

The average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of your teen’s treatment depends on the severity of their condition and can only be determined by your orthodontist.

Does my teen have to wear Invisalign all the time? 

Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended. Plus, Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check; each aligner has blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed, so the orthodontist can track compliance.

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