Clear Aligners for Teens

While braces are still a popular and beneficial option for teenagers to straighten their teeth, clear aligners have taken the orthodontic world by storm! Clear aligners are translucent trays that straighten the teeth by applying pressure, just like braces. Orthodontic Associates is proud to offer Invisalign for Teens for our younger patients!

Dr. Adam of Orthodontic Associates is not only a provider of clear aligners for patients, but he also works with 3D Predict to advise doctors across the country on proper clear aligner techniques and treatment! Dr. Adam also helped 3M — a company that produces clear aligners for adults — with their initial launch, so you know your teen is in good hands!

We’re excited to share with you the benefits and advantages of clear aligners for teens!

Are aligners comfortable?

Yep! Invisalign creates custom trays for all its patients to ensure a comfortable fit with a practically invisible appearance. Our experienced team will take X-rays and digital impressions of your teen’s mouth to give Dr. Adam a comprehensive look at their jaw alignment, gums, and teeth. Because the digital scans are more detailed than a traditional mold, Dr. Adam has an increased chance of spotting potential complications before treatment begins! Using a 3D representation of your teen’s mouth, Dr. Adam will carefully but efficiently create your child’s care plan. You will even be able to see your teen’s predicted final look on the screen! 

The custom trays are made with your teen’s unique goals and smile in mind, so you know they’re getting the most effective treatment.

Is it true aligners are removable?

Yes! While it is essential for your teen to wear the trays for twenty to twenty-two hours a day, their removable feature holds plenty of benefits, such as:

  • No food restrictions! — Invisalign trays must be removed to eat or drink anything that isn’t water, so your teen can stick to their regular diet! They can eat popcorn at the movies and sticky caramel on Halloween without concern about damaging their appliance!
  • No new oral hygiene routine! — To care for their teeth and gums, your teen simply removes the aligners to brush and floss like normal. They do not have to learn to use or carry any special cleaning tools!
  • Special Occasions! — Prom? A big game or concert? Graduation? Yearbook picture day? Your teen can remove the aligners for special occasions as long as they remember to put them back on again! Every moment is precious, but it is important to only make exceptions for the extra special moments to ensure treatment concludes on time.
  • Make the switch at home! — Each tray is worn for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next. Because your child receives their first round of trays at once, they can switch to the next tray at home in seconds!

What maintenance does Invisalign for Teens require?

Clear aligners are fairly low maintenance! The only adjustment your teen needs to make is to clean their trays when they clean their teeth, which only takes a few minutes! All they need to do is remove the trays from their mouth and use lukewarm water and unscented antibacterial soap to clean them! Toothpaste is not advised because it can cause damage to the aligners that make them uncomfortable and more visible when worn. If you choose to use toothpaste, ensure it does not include a whitening agent. 

Keeping the trays clean prevents…

  • a build-up of bacteria and plaque on the trays, which can lead to infection of the teeth and gums.
  • trays from having a bad taste and smell that does not encourage daily wear.
  • the aligners from losing their clear appearance.

It is also recommended to rinse the mouth with water after every meal to prevent any residue from staining the aligners. 

When not wearing the trays, your teen should put them in their protective carrying case! The case guards them against damage and germs and makes them harder to lose!

The Invisalign Difference.

Invisalign for Teens is more than just Invisalign remarketed. They were designed with young patients and their families in mind. Our favorite features include:

  • The Compliant Dot — Invisalign for Teens trays comes with a small blue dot near the back. This dot changes from blue to white or clear when it reacts with saliva, meaning you can make certain your teen is wearing their trays as instructed by Dr. Adam!
  • Replacement Trays — We encourage all our patients to care for their orthodontic appliances properly, but Invisalign knows that sometimes life happens. That’s why their Invisalign for Teens trays come with a limited number of replacement trays. Dr. Adam can make adjustments to your teen’s treatment plan if necessary, making the most inconvenient part of needing a replacement, waiting for the replacement!
  • Eruption Tabs — Is your teen ready to start treatment but waiting for all their adult teeth to come in? There’s no need! Invisalign for Teens now offers the option of eruption tabs, which allow space for teeth to continue to erupt or grow while wearing the aligners! No need to disrupt or delay treatment!
Clear Aligners for Teens

Get the best clear aligner care with Orthodontic Associates!

We proudly support clear aligners as a fantastic alternative to braces for teens and adults. Dr. Adam has the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to give your teen the care and guidance they need to have the happy, healthy smile they deserve.

With up-to-date technology and treatment techniques used at all three of our convenient locations, you and your teen can feel confident in your care before, during, and after treatment.

Contact our skilled team at Orthodontic Associates and schedule your free consultation today to determine if you or your teen qualify for clear aligners! We look forward to meeting you soon and starting your orthodontic journey!