Clear aligners, such as the well-known Invisalign® system, are made of clear plastic and almost invisible. Your teen’s friends probably won’t even know they’re wearing them. Instead of hiding behind a mouth full of metal, they’ll enjoy the confidence of showing that smile every day.
They probably have friends with braces who aren’t allowed to chew gum or eat certain foods like popcorn and whole apples. Clear aligners are completely removable, allowing your teen to eat all of your favorite foods whenever you want.
This also means your teen can easily keep brushing and flossing as you normally would for proper oral hygiene. Try that with braces.
Blue compliance indicators gradually fade as the aligners are worn, designed to keep wearers honest about how much they wear their aligners. That’s helpful to Dr. Jennings and also helps parents keep tabs on their teen’s treatment progress.
Replacement aligners included
We also consider that your teen may misplace or damage an aligner during their treatment and offer up to six replacement aligners at no extra cost.
Made just for teens
Clear aligners incorporate specially engineered features designed to address the natural eruption of second molars in teens. Clear aligners for teens helps your child focus on doing what they do best—being a teen.
Great for active teens
Whether your child plays sports or a musical instrument, a mouth full of metal can hold them back from enjoying the things they want to. It’s hard to perform at your best, knowing you could get hit in the mouth with a ball or cut your lip trying to hit that note on the trumpet. Teens who play wind instruments can remove their clear aligners for musical performances. Athletes have the option of removing the aligners while wearing a mouthguard for contact sports, or the aligners can be worn with a mouthguard.
As a teenager, you should be able to participate in the activities you’re interested in while still having the confidence to attend social events and make lasting memories. You should also be able to get efficient orthodontic treatment for crowded teeth, uneven spacing, and bite issues. Even though the aligners can’t easily be seen when worn, teens still have the option to remove them for class photos or the random selfie.
With the comfortable technology of clear aligners, teens can keep being themselves and love their smiles even more.
Perfect for busy schedules
Clear aligner treatment is ideal for busy parents because there are never any emergency appointments for broken wires or brackets. Clear aligners often require fewer appointments (than traditional metal braces) because you get your clear aligners in advance, and each visit requires less “chair time.”
A typical teen clear aligner patient is seen once every 8 weeks for a total average treatment time of 9 to 15 months.
Talk to us about clear aligners for teens
Clear aligners may not be recommended for some complex alignment or bite issues, or for those who have bridgework; the doctor can advise you about what options are best for you.