One of the major reasons why adolescents and teenagers are so concerned about orthodontic treatment is because traditional techniques can have a significant effect on their appearance. The good news is, orthodontics has come a long way from the days of metal brackets and wires prominently affixed to the teeth. One of the most popular solutions for teenagers who want to have a more discreet orthodontic treatment is Invisalign® Teen. This system of clear aligners, available from our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Pat Cuozzo, and the team here at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists, can effectively straighten the teeth and create a more beautiful smile without many of the drawbacks associated with metal braces.
Benefits of Invisalign® Teen
Invisalign® Teen offers the same benefits as Invisalign® for adults, but the treatment is specifically designed for an adolescent patient’s unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle. Some of the advantages of Invisalign® Teen include:
- No wires and brackets are utilized
- The aligners are clear and virtually invisible on the teeth
- The aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and daily oral hygiene routines
- Follow-up office visits are scheduled further apart
Invisalign® Teen can ultimately help our younger patients correct common misalignment issues with more convenience, comfort, and freedom!
The Invisalign® Teen Treatment Process
One of our experienced orthodontists will meet with you and your child for an initial consultation and a comprehensive oral evaluation. Patients who have mild to moderate teeth alignment issues are typically good candidates for Invisalign® Teen; however, those with severe crowding and spacing issues may benefit from an alternative (yet discreet) orthodontic treatment available from our practice. Our doctor will talk with you about all of your options. If Invisalign® Teen is an ideal solution, we will take a digital scan of the teeth and the Invisalign® lab will create a series of customized aligner trays. Each new set of trays has a slight modification from the previous trays in the series, which helps the teeth gradually move into the desired position over time. When one set of trays has been worn for a two-week period, it will be replaced with the next in the series.
It’s important to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. While the total treatment time varies from patient to patient, most patients require only 9 to 15 months for optimal results. Periodic follow-up appointments will be necessary to ensure that the treatment process is running smoothly; however, patients will likely not need to come in for a check-up as often as they would with more traditional orthodontic techniques. At the end of Invisalign® treatment, a retainer will be made for nighttime wear to guard against relapse.
If you would like more information about Invisalign® Teen, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals, please contact Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists today.