Is Invisalign Teen Right for My Children?

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For more than 20 years, patients have used Invisalign alignment trays to get straight and beautiful smiles. In our office, it is one of the procedures that give us the most patient inquiries. Many of the patients interested in Invisalign are teenagers. They are attracted to the facts that the aligners are clear and discrete and that because the alignment trays are removable, there are no food restrictions for those who use Invisalign.

Early in its use, Invisalign was an orthodontic option just for our adult patients. It was not suitable for younger patients because the trays could not accommodate the growing jaws and erupting molars common to most teens. However, Invisalign responded to teenage patients and created Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign Teen works best for those between the ages of 13-19 years of age. The teen version of Invisalign alignment trays has built-in tabs that allow room for a growing jaw as well as space for the final set of molars to break through the gums. Additionally, Invisalign Teen aligners come with a tiny blue dot which gradually disappears as the alignment tray is in a patient’s mouth. The indicator assures that Invisalign trays get the proper amount of wear time. This is necessary because some patients struggle with wearing the alignment trays for the required 22 hours a day.

Our Invisalign dentist in Huntington Beach works with a significant number of teens to help create beautiful smiles quickly and comfortably. Invisalign Teen works the same way that traditional Invisalign works. After you have decided that Invisalign is the right choice for you, our Huntington Beach dentist creates tooth molds that dental technicians use to make the set of alignment trays. Most patients get around 20 trays that will gradually push teeth into their optimal positions. The process usually takes a year, depending on the severity of the condition and patient compliance. During this time, our dentist will check the progress of the alignment trays and make any necessary adjustments.

If your child is ages 13-19 with interest in Invisalign Teen, feel free to call our office for a no-obligation consultation where we can answer your questions.

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Is Invisalign Express an Option for Me?

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Because of the popularity of the Invisalign treatment, the company released two more types of procedures to help meet the orthodontic needs of more patients; these are Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express. While it is simple to know whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign Teen, there are a few details you need to address with our dentist before deciding to get the Invisalign Express system.
What is Invisalign Express?

It is an orthodontic treatment which uses thin plastic alignment trays to guide crooked teeth into the correct position. The key difference between Invisalign Express and the full Invisalign system is the amount of time you will use the alignment trays. The express method is significantly faster than the full system; instead of a year or longer, express patients will have about six to eight weeks of treatment.
How to know i
f Invisalign is right for you:

• The first key to eligibility for Invisalign Express is whether or not you have significant malocclusions. A patient who has slight imperfections does not need to spend extra time receiving the full Invisalign treatment. So, if your teeth have minor misalignment, the express treatment may be a good option for you.

• A second factor that is important with Invisalign is compliance. You must be willing to switch aligners, visit our dental office in Agoura Hills as scheduled, and care for your alignment trays as directed. Included in the care is cleaning the aligners before putting them in your mouth. Not adhering to instructions will impede your treatment and ultimately, waste your time and money.

• The third point regarding Invisalign Express is that you remember to wear your alignment trays for the correct number of hours every day. Because the trays are removable, we find that some patients take their trays out to eat, per the product instructions. However, after eating they forget to put the alignment trays in their mouths.
• Also, you have no dental work which will get in the way of the alignment trays. Often dental implants or bridges play a role in disqualification from Invisalign Express.

If you think Invisalign Express could be right for you, contact our office, and we will schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.

How Invisalign Makes Teeth Straighter

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Our cosmetic dentist in Torrance may recommend Invisalign because it is very effective, it is easy to change by the user, and it is not noticeable. The clear aligners are custom-built for each of our patients. So, they fit snugly over your teeth. Gradually, each of aligner will shift your teeth slightly until every tooth gets to its right position. The aligner moves some teeth horizontally, it moves some vertically, and some teeth even get rotated. This is why it takes time to straighten some teeth.

One of the reasons orthodontists prefer this option is that it has been designed to apply the right amount of force and pressure to change the position of every tooth in the wrong position as quickly as possible without hurting the user. This is because the braces are made of multilayer material that can gently shift your teeth into their right position. No other treatment option offers this. In an ideal situation, you should change your aligners every week except if your doctor says otherwise.

Apart from the benefit discussed above, there are other benefits that make clear aligner a great treatment option in orthodontics. One clear benefit is its total invisibility. Others won’t notice it at all. It is a big benefit because some of our patients complain that wearing metal braces lowers their self-esteem and confidence as they find it difficult to talk or laugh in public.

One thing we want you to understand is that straightening your teeth significantly improves your overall dental health. Straightening your teeth will restore the confidence that bad dentition made you lose. In addition, straightening your teeth reduces the risk of developing tooth decay and its concomitant gum diseases.

Braces trap food particles and since they make it difficult to wash your teeth properly, they increase the risk of tooth decay. The case is different with clear aligners. They can be removed easily to enable you brush your teeth properly and also floss the way you normally do. That way, you will be able to keep tooth decay and other mouth/gum diseases at bay.

Consult with our Invisalign provider in Torrance to learn more about this treatment.

Do All Teenagers Qualify for Invisalign?

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Most of us are already familiar with the Invisalign system – it’s a series of alignment trays designed to gradually straighten one’s smile without all the hassle and discomfort of ordinary metal braces. Something not everybody may be familiar with, however is Invisalign Teen, a treatment plan designed specifically with kids in mind. It is a safe, subtle alternative to traditional braces that will have your teen’s smile dazzling brighter than ever.

You may be wondering if your child is an eligible candidate for treatment with Invisalign. With braces, after all, come a litany of rules and restrictions set in place to both protect the braces themselves and also keep your progress on track. The good news about Invisalign is that the trays are fully removable and will not force the patient to choose between the life they previously enjoyed and the smile of their dreams. Participation in contact sports is allowed as the patient is able to simply remove the retainers while on the field, and little to no varieties of food or drink are off limits for the same reason. With that being said, however, the aligner trays do in fact need to be worn at least 22 hours a day to keep the patient moving toward their end goal at an appropriate pace.

Putting lifestyle and habitual factors aside, there are certain responsibilities your teen must be willing and capable of taking on in order to ensure their success with the program. Proper maintenance is an absolute must: the retainers must be removed for all eating, drinking, and activities where they may become damaged. They must be cleaned thoroughly, preferably as often as the patient brushes his or her teeth; you will be given a full run-down on proper aligner care in the home. One unique aspect of the teen program is that each aligner comes outfitted with a blue indicator strip that tracks usage physically and allows our orthodontist to make sure the retainers are being used properly. Ideally, your teen must be responsible enough to both make a commitment to making time for all the appointments and evaluations necessary for success and also to keep track of their aligners and take care not to lose them, as any lapses in treatment can potentially set them back.

How To Keep Invisalign Trays Clear

Doctors Showing Aligners - 4If you’re considering choosing the Invisalign system, you may be curious how patients effectively keep their aligners clean. Although orthodontists tend to have their own opinions on the matter, there are several techniques patients swear by to keep their trays completely clear. Here is a list of tricks you can use when cleaning your Invisalign trays:

Use cold water- Cold water is the most effective solution to remove dried saliva buildup. Rinsing frequently will eliminate any bacteria hiding in your trays.

Avoid hot water- As tempting as it may be, do not put your aligners in the dishwasher or soak them in warm water. Doing so will damage the plastic and cost you a replacement.

Brush and Floss- If you pay special attention to your dental hygiene routine and thoroughly clean your teeth before inserting your trays, you will do wonders in keeping your aligners clean.

Use Soap- Many patients and professionals consider soap a better alternative to toothpaste. Scrubbing your aligners with soap and a soft-bristled brush will combat cloudiness and discoloration.

Denture cleaner- Choose clear denture or retainer cleaner as opposed to colored mouthwash, which can tint your trays.

For more information about the Invisalign system, contact our Invisalign doctor.

How Invisalign Teen Works

Doctors Showing AlignersTeens who need orthodontic treatment once only had the option of metal braces. Metal braces are highly effective, but they are also highly visible, which can make kids feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Today, there is another option. Invisalign Teen allows teens to straighten their teeth with clear aligners. They can brush and floss normally without metal, brackets or wires. Our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach can help you decide if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for your teen.

Invisalign Teen is similar to the classic Invisalign system but has been customized just for teens. It features free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, color changing indicators to remind teens to wear and change their aligners as prescribed and eruption tabs to accommodate growth. The series of clear, removable aligners are easy to use and comfortable to wear.

Teens remove the aligners only to eat, drink, brush and floss, and they will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. The aligners will move their teeth gradually until their new smile emerges. Periodically, they will return to our office for a check-up and monitoring of their progress. Most teens will wear aligners for 12 to 18 months, but individual needs can vary. Call our office to learn more about Invisalign Teen in Huntington Beach or to schedule a consultation with our team.

Three Advantages of Invisalign for Teens

Aligners Focus - 7Plenty of parents invested in the oral health of their kids want to know if braces are the only option. Still common after all these years, metal braces have undergone significant upgrades to lessen the visual stigma. However, with “clear” braces, parents and teens can now check that stigma off their list of concerns. Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth in near-invisibility.

Here are three advantages of Invisalign for teens:

Better visuals—as described above, Invisalign aligners are undetectable at a glance. While the sensitivity of teens about crooked teeth tends to be overstated, getting braces can make any sensitivity worse. Invisalign puts that fear to rest.

Lack of interference—with braces, you have to watch what you eat. Certain foods are blocked. This isn’t the case with Invisalign. You simply take the aligners out before eating. There’s also the benefit of leaving the aligners in while playing sports or playing an instrument—both of which are problems with braces.

Fast, easy treatment—except in severe cases, Invisalign completes its task in about a year. Braces can take twice that. As long as your child is disciplined and wears the aligners for the required 22 hours a day, a successful outcome is virtually guaranteed.
For more about Invisalign for teens, contact your Invisalign provider.