After treatment with Invisalign Teen®, you will feel confident when you smile for your next school photo. It’s as easy as visiting our office for a free consultation and responsibly keeping up with your treatment plan all while those around you remain oblivious to the fact that you are wearing your aligners.
What is Invisalign Teen® in Charlotte?
Invisalign® is a set of clear aligners patients wear every day to correct teeth misalignment and other dental problems including overcrowding, crookedness, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and spaces between teeth.
The aligners are virtually invisible to everyone around you so they may not even know you are wearing them.
It’s up to the patient to keep up with his or her treatment plan until completion.
How does Invisalign Teen® work?
The aligners work by gradually shifting your teeth into position over time without interfering with your lifestyle. The only change will be to your overall dental routine. You must wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day for maximum effectiveness. Failure to do so could cause delays in treatment, meaning you will have to wear them longer than necessary and may have to switch to traditional braces.
A consultation is the first step to getting Invisalign Teen®, during which an impression or model of your teeth is made to map out the condition and position of your teeth and how they will shift.
Slight discomfort when first using your aligners is normal because your teeth are shifting, but it won’t last long. However, you will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks to start the next phase of shifting, so you may feel the same discomfort when you begin using every new set.
Always remove your aligners before you eat or before you play sports. Be sure to wear a mouthguard.
Take the opportunity to clean your aligners whenever you take them out to remove bacteria and plaque that could cause additional dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Make sure you keep up with follow-up dental appointments so your orthodontist can evaluate your progress.
How long does Invisalign Teen® take to work?
Again, you must wear your aligners for up to 20 hours a day and use a new set every two weeks. Some patients start noticing results in weeks, but it can take 12 to 18 months to complete treatment. It’s possible to complete treatment sooner if you are taking it seriously.
How much progress you make during treatment is up to you. Failure to wear your aligners will result in setbacks in your treatment, which means it will take longer to complete.
Invisalign Teen® Cost in Charlotte
Invisalign Teen® treatment costs between $5,000 to $8,000 and is comparable to regular Invisalign® for adults. Your dental insurance may cover all or part of your treatment costs, so contact your provider to ask about what your plan covers. It could save you thousands in out-of-pocket costs.
In addition, orthodontists offer payment plan options that work with just about any budget and can provide information on other financing options.
Differences between Invisalign Teen® and Invisalign® for adults
There are only slight differences between Invisalign Teen® and Invisalign® for adults. The most significant difference is that the aligners for teens feature a blue dot that slowly fades away the more the aligners are worn. That means parents have the opportunity to check on their child’s progress themselves simply by looking at the dot. A visible blue dot warrants a reminder to your child that they should be spending more time wearing their aligners.
Teens also receive more aligners during treatment because they are more likely to lose or damage the aligners. Don’t worry. The extra aligners are included in the overall cost, which is no different from the cost of regular Invisalign® treatment.
Invisalign Teen® vs. Traditional Braces
There are a lot of differences and similarities between Invisalign Teen® and traditional braces to be aware of before you make a decision.
While Invisalign® doesn’t require much change to your lifestyle, braces will change a lot of things. For instance, there are dietary restrictions you must follow while wearing braces, whereas clear removable aligners allow you to eat whatever you want.
Braces are visible while Invisalign® is virtually invisible. So, your level of self-consciousness when smiling will likely be different, at least at first.
You cannot remove braces because they are bonded to the front of each tooth. Invisalign® aligners are removable at all times. This can affect treatment because braces are constantly working by shifting your teeth throughout the duration while Invisalign® treatment could suffer delays if not consistently and responsibly worn for 20 hours a day.
Invisalign® is easier to clean than braces because they are removable and you don’t have to visit the dentist as often.
Braces cost the same as Invisalign® and both treatments last about the same amount of time.
If your teen is not committed to wearing Invisalign® every day, braces may be the best choice for them. However, your teen can be easily switched to braces if Invisalign® is not working out.
Before and After
Invisalign Teen not only fixes your teeth but also changes your life for the better by giving you confidence in your smile. Don’t just take it from us. Here are stories from real-life patients:
Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics proudly provides in Invisalign Teen® in Charlotte
Our staff at Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics wants to help you achieve a smile that will last a lifetime. We offer Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® treatments and will do our best to make you feel as comfortable and confident as possible whether you choose Invisalign Teen® or traditional braces. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-4143 or visit our website today! Allow us to assist you in this journey from start to finish. The result will be a new smile and a new you, not only in the mirror every morning but also in every photo.