Invisalign® Teen Creates Confident Smiles
Adolescents are known to be extraordinarily appearance conscious, and self esteem can suffer if teeth look crooked. The Invisalign® system for straightening teeth is increasingly popular with both adults and teenagers who prefer this method to traditional braces. Like adults, teens appreciate that clear orthodontics are hardly noticeable. They especially enjoy the continued freedom to eat all their favorite foods, since Invisalign® aligners are removable for snacks and mealtime.
Invisalign® has a special program for teenagers called Invisalign® Teen, which is offered to young patients at Greater Long Island Dental. If you would like to find out more about this and other orthodontic options for your teen, contact our office and set up an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. James Woltmann.
This innovative treatment method uses clear, removable aligners to correct misaligned teeth. It is effective in treating crowded teeth, teeth with wide spacing, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. The aligners are custom-created to fit comfortably in your mouth and gently guide teeth into proper position. The aligners are replaced every two weeks with the next aligner in the series. Each aligner uses gentle pressure to make gradual progress over the course of treatment.
The straightening process for teens is the same as for adults, but Invisalign® Teen includes innovative additions to the aligners, as well as a helpful replacement policy for lost appliances. Invisalign® created this specific program for teens in recognition of the differences in the needs and habits of teens and adults. The unique benefits of Invisalign® Teen include:
- Eruption Tabs - Space is provided in the aligners to allow for the eruption of adult teeth. This means teenagers who still have deciduous (baby) teeth present can begin wearing Invisalign® Teen before all their adult teeth are in place.
- Compliance Indicators - It can be the habit of teens to leave aligners in a backpack or other place and forget to put them on after a meal. Small colored tabs track actual wear time to be sure each aligner has been worn for the prescribed amount of time.
- Replacement Trays – Six replacement aligners are built into the cost of Invisalign® Teen. This reduces concern and worry over the need to replace lost aligners.
Is Invisalign® Teen Right for Your Child?
A beautiful smile is a gift that lasts a lifetime. As your teen begins to notice the increasing symmetry and beauty of his or her smile, confidence blooms, and this new found confidence can be life changing. Improved oral health is an important added benefit of straight teeth, since evenly spaced teeth are easier to keep clean, flossed, and free of decay. There are some severe orthodontic cases that may be better handled with traditional braces, but most patients can achieve excellent results using Invisalign®.
Greater Long Island Dental offers CareCredit® to help patients with financing orthodontics and other treatments. Contact our office today to make an appointment with Dr. Woltmann, and find out if your teen is a candidate for Invisalign® Teen.
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