About Invisalign Teen Removable Clear Aligners
Teenagers are often sensitive about their appearance, leaving many Cranston and Warwick, RI families seeking an alternative to braces. Invisalign technology offers a nearly invisible teeth-straightening solution designed to help teens achieve a straight and healthy smile without the appearance of metal. Like the adult version, Invisalign Teen removable clear aligners can efficiently address tooth alignment and bite issues often faster and more comfortably than traditional orthodontic treatments. Invisalign Teen, however, also offers compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and replacement aligners to help meet the unique oral needs of teens. If your teenager needs orthodontic care but prefers to avoid the look and feel of metal braces, please schedule a consultation at Cranston Dental Group and meet with our experienced Invisalign dentist.
What Makes Invisalign Teen treatments Unique?
A number of parents are concerned about allowing their teenager the responsibility of wearing removable aligners for their orthodontic therapy. It's an investment of time and money, but our Invisalign dentist understands these factors when it comes to adolescent patients. Invisalign Teen clear aligners three special features that can help keep your teen on a clear path to a beautiful, straight smile:
- Compliance indicators: There is a small colored area on the back part of the aligners that wears off with use. Our team will have the ability to know whether the aligners are being worn as recommended throughout the treatment process. This can help teens remain accountable for using their aligners 20 – 22 hours a day and keep them on track with their care.
- Eruption tabs: The makers of Invisalign Teen removable clear aligners understand that orthodontic treatment may need to begin before all of the permanent molars have emerged. They have designed the product to contain eruption tabs to make space for the last molars as they grow into their correct locations without overcrowding the other teeth.
- Extra replacement aligners: Accidents happen and we all misplace things at times. We plan for mishaps and missing aligners by building six substitute aligners in your teen's treatment plan in the event your teen's clear aligners become damaged or misplaced.
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Best Candidates for Clear Aligners
Adolescent patients with orthodontic conditions like an overbite, crossbite, crooked teeth, overcrowding, narrow arches, or gaps between teeth may be good candidates for Invisalign Teen treatments at Cranston Dental Group. Invisalign Teen removable clear aligners are especially beneficial for teens who are active in athletics or the arts. Metal braces may be harmful during contact sports or can even make it more challenging to play an instrument. Our Invisalign dentist will conduct a thorough assessment and go over all orthodontic treatment options that might be right for your son or daughter.
What to Expect During Treatment
To start the treatment, our team will take digital impressions of their upper and lower teeth, which we'll then send to the Invisalign lab where they will make custom clear aligners from those impressions to meet your teen's individual orthodontic needs. Each set will be worn for up to two weeks before being exchanged for the next in the treatment series, which will gradually guide your teen's teeth into their ideal positions. Treatment with Invisalign Teen aligners typically lasts between 1 – 2 years, but this varies with each individual patient.
What Invisalign Can Do For You
Following Orthodontic Treatment
We'll schedule follow-up visits for your teen every month so our Invisalign dentist can track their progress and evaluate the compliance indicators on their trays. This will help hold your teenager accountable for using their aligners for most of the day (20 – 22 hours). These clear aligner trays can be easily removed before eating and prior to brushing and flossing the teeth, which makes caring for the teeth and gums easier to manage during orthodontic care. When orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is complete, our team will have custom Vivera® retainers made for your teen to wear. These retainers are made of the same clear, comfortable material as the Invisalign aligner trays.
Are Invisalign Teen Treatments Covered by Insurance?
Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign Teen treatments may be covered in part by a number of dental insurance plans. Before getting started, we will contact your insurance company to check your coverage and calculate any remaining costs. Cranston Dental Group is proud to offer several affordable payment solutions, including low-interest financing options, to help your family enjoy the benefits of straight and healthy smiles.
Give Your Teen a Straight, Confident Smile
Most teenagers want a picture-perfect grin; however, they may feel uncomfortable about wearing traditional orthodontics like metal braces. At Cranston Dental Group, we walk our teen patients through the process and discuss how Invisalign Teen removable clear aligners could help them attain a stunning and confident smile. Get in touch with our office in Cranston, RI today schedule a consultation for your teen with our Invisalign dentist.