12 Things Parents Should Know About Invisalign Teen®
1. What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and will straighten your teen’s teeth without the discomfort and restriction of braces. As opposed to using metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners which are customised to your teen’s teeth using advanced 3D software. Your teen simply places the aligner over their teeth and each aligner is substituted for a new set every week. Each set of aligners gently and gradually moves your teen’s teeth into the desired position to achieve a healthy and confident smile.
For patients that wear their Invisalign aligners for the recommended time each day, Invisalign Teen has proved to be just as effective as traditional metal braces for common orthodontic issues. Invisalign Teen is capable of treating mild to severe orthodontic issues, including overbite, overcrowding, underbite, and gaps between teeth. Most patients are suitable candidates for Invisalign Teen, but to find out for sure, simply schedule a free consultation by phoning our staff on 07 5593 3733.
3. What are some of the advantages of Invisalign Teen over traditional braces?
If you’ve ever had braces before, you’ll be familiar with the issues caused by metal brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are removable which is fantastic if your teen plays sports as they don’t need to worry about their braces causing injury. Also, teens who play music can do so properly without metal brackets and wires making it more difficult.
In addition to this, patients don’t need to worry about what they’re eating as they would with braces. There is a long list of foods to avoid with braces, such as popcorn, apples, and carrots. With Invisalign though, there are no food restrictions and the aligners can be removed which makes brushing and flossing easy, ensuring they maintain good oral hygiene.
Considering that teenagers are very self-conscious about crooked teeth, wearing metal braces for a couple of years can make their confidence even worse. With Invisalign aligners though, people around them won’t even notice that they’re receiving orthodontic treatment which removes a central source of anxiety and improves their confidence whilst they’re undergoing the teeth straightening process.
Invisalign Teen can be used on all patients that have erupting or erupted permanent dentition, which includes most teenagers. Despite this, a specialist Invisalign orthodontist will need to asses your teen’s specific needs to determine their eligibility. If you’ve already consulted an orthodontist who advised your teen is not a suitable candidate, schedule a free consultation with Dr Seeman for a second opinion. Each orthodontist has a different level of experience using Invisalign and Dr Semaan rarely determines that a patient is not a suitable Invisalign candidate.
The average treatment time with Invisalign Teen is roughly the same as traditional metal braces, however the length of treatment is largely determined by the severity of your teen’s condition and can only be specified by your orthodontist. With advanced technology and accelerated treatment options however, Dr Semaan is achieving faster results with fewer appointments, meaning your teen will spend less time out of school.
At Gold Coast Orthodontics, Invisalign Teen will cost roughly the same as traditional metal braces. It’s important to keep in mind that the cost of orthodontic treatment relies heavily on the complexity of the treatment. If you have private health orthodontic cover, Invisalign Teen will be covered. In any case, our clinic offers flexible and affordable monthly repayment plans.
With Invisalign Teen, the best results are achieved when patients wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, with a new set of aligners being issued roughly every week. Considering that Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check, orthodontists can monitor how long patients wear their aligners (the blue indicator fades over time when worn as directed) and this typically results in teens wearing their aligners as recommended.
No problems! Gold Coast Orthodontics offers every patient six replacement aligners at no extra charge. If your aligner breaks or gets lost, just give us a call and we’ll decide whether to order you a replacement or if you should just move on to the next set of aligners.
When compared with traditional metal braces, Invisalign Teen generally requires less orthodontic visits simply because no adjustments are required and no wires or brackets need to be fixed. After the initial appointment, patients are required to visit the orthodontist for follow-up appointments every 10 to 12 weeks, compared with every 4 to 6 weeks with traditional metal braces.
Our orthodontists specialise in designing amazing smiles and overseeing that each design comes to life. The design phase of the treatment process is vital for a smooth and successful outcome. You won’t see Dr Semaan each time you visit for a follow-up appointment, our highly trained staff will carry out Dr Semaan’s exact instructions that he has carefully planned for each stage of your treatment.
At Gold Coast Orthodontics, we are confident that all patients will have a positive experience with Invisalign Teen. In fact, we are so confident that we offer a CSO Invisalign Teen Guarantee.
Our Invisalign Teen Guarantee
If during the first 6 months of Invisalign treatment, your teen isn’t having a positive experience with Invisalign Teen or you believe in your opinion that the treatment isn’t effective, we will happily switch to traditional metal braces at no extra charge. Additionally, we offer 6 replacement aligners for free.