Invisalign® Teen in Omaha, NE
What is Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign Teen is similar to standard adult Invisalign treatment. It involves a series of clear, BPA-free plastic, removable aligners. The first treatment involves scanning your teen’s teeth and gums. A 3D model is created based on the scan. Your orthodontist will then explain where each misaligned tooth will move using a computerized model. You can also see what your teen’s smile will look like when treatment is completed.
A series of custom aligners are created based on your orthodontist’s specifications. Your teen will wear the aligners for about 20 to 22 hours every day. They’ll change to a new set every couple of weeks, depending on their treatment plan. Each new pair of aligners will gradually shift their teeth into the correct positions.
What is the Difference Between Invisalign® Teen and Adult Invisalign®?
Compliance Indicator: Invisalign Teen is designed to address common challenges that are specific to young adults. Teens sometimes forget to put their aligners back in their mouths after eating, drinking, or participating in sports. Invisalign Teen solves this issue by including a blue indicator dot that keeps track of how many hours the aligners were worn per day.
Aligners May Get Misplaced: The other main difference is the number of aligners worn during treatment. Teens tend to require more replacement aligners since they are more likely to lose or damage their aligners. Other than those two differences, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Adult treatment are identical.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign Teen aligners are made from smooth plastic, so they can easily be customized to fit your teen’s mouth for the perfect fit. Probably the biggest thing teens like when comparing Invisalign Teen to braces is the fact that Invisalign doesn’t come with brackets and wires. So there is no irritation, poking wires, or accidental cuts to the mouth. Invisalign Teen is so comfortable teens often forget they’re wearing them.
Oral Hygiene is Easy
Oral hygiene is always important, but even more important when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Maneuvering around brackets and wires takes patience and attention to detail. Teens often get frustrated and do a poor job keeping their braces clean. Invisalign Teen makes oral hygiene a breeze. Your teen simply removes their aligner and brushes and flosses as they normally would.
Next to comfort, most teens’ second most common concern is appearance. The aligners are crafted from translucent material, so most people don’t even notice them. As effective as modern braces are, some teens feel self-conscious when wearing them and stop smiling. Invisalign keeps your teen smiling and confident during their treatment.
Invisalign Aligners Don’t Get in the Way
For teens that play sports, braces can be annoying. If they forget their mouthguard and get hit in the mouth, it can be very painful. They can even break their appliance and need an emergency repair. Invisalign Teen avoids this problem with the ability to remove them. For most sports, your teen can leave them in. If they’re playing an instrument, they remove them.
No Food Restrictions
Another thing teens love about Invisalign Teen is the lack of food restrictions that come with traditional braces. Traditional braces trap food in the brackets and wires, leading to damage. Really chewy, sticky, or hard foods like popcorn, taffy, caramel, and pizza crust should be avoided with braces. Because Invisalign Teen is removable, your teen can enjoy all their favorite foods with no restrictions during treatment. There’s more advice here on Invisalign and food.
How long will my teen need to wear the aligners?
For everyone, but especially teens, feeling good about your appearance has a big impact on confidence. Cosmetic issues can damage self-esteem, which affects a lot of areas of life, from academic performance to social health. A misaligned smile is one of the biggest self-esteem issues you can face as a teen. The good news is you can remedy the situation today faster and more affordably than any time in the past with Invisalign® Teen in Omaha, NE.
What is the Youngest Age for Invisalign®?
There is no official minimum Invisalign age limit. However, parents need to know the responsibility that comes with Invisalign treatment. At a minimum, it’s recommended that all of the child’s adult teeth will be fully in place. Even young children can suffer from misaligned teeth, so Invisalign can be a good option if they’re mature enough to follow the rules of successful treatment. Invisalign is more comfortable, and children can still eat their favorite foods and practice good oral hygiene. Ultimately you should discuss with a family orthodontist if Invisalign is a good option for your pre-teen child.
How much does Invisalign® Teen cost?
The cost of Invisalign Teen will depend on your teen’s level of misalignment. Some insurance companies will cover Invisalign as well as other orthodontic procedures. At McAllister Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping every patient afford the treatment they need. We will help you file your claim and work with you to ensure financial issues don’t stand between your teen and a gorgeous new smile. We also offer financing options, flexible payment plans, and we accept most major credit cards, including Care Credit.
Invisalign® Teen in Omaha, NE Treatment
Recent advancements in technology and techniques have made it possible for Invisalign® Teen to be used as a tool to treat a lot of cases that couldn’t be treated with Invisalign® in the past. Whether your teen has crowded teeth, gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite, Dr. McAllister has the expertise to use Invisalign® Teen to correct your teen’s orthodontic needs.