The Invisible Treatment Just for Teens
Teens can be just as self-conscious about their appearances as adults, and some of them want a more discreet option for straightening their teeth than braces. If this describes your teen, Invisalign Teen may be the answer!
Invisalign Teen uses the same technology as Invisalign for adults, but includes a few extra features specifically for younger patients.
- Compliance indicators: For Invisalign to work, the aligners must be worn at least 22 hours a day, which can be hard to remember for busy teens. Each set of Invisalign Teen aligners have blue compliance indicator dots that slowly fade as they are worn, so you and your teen can tell if they are being worn enough hours each day.
- Free replacement aligners: Everyone can be forgetful sometimes, including teens. If an aligner accidentally gets thrown away with the lunch trash in the cafeteria or crushed in the bottom of a soccer bag, Invisalign will send up to six replacement aligners free of charge.
- Room to grow: For teens whose molars have not all erupted, Invisalign Teen allows room for these teeth to appear without disrupting treatment.
Invisalign vs Braces for Teens
Invisalign and braces are both great choices for teens, and they both have advantages and disadvantages. Invisalign Teen offers almost invisible treatment, while braces are visible every time you smile. With Invisalign Teen, you don't have to limit what you eat like you do with braces because the aligners are removed when you eat. They are also removed when you brush and floss your teeth, which some people find easier to manage than brushing around brackets and wires.
That being said, braces also have their benefits. For teens who can be forgetful at times, Invisalign Teen may be more difficult to manage since they have to remember to take their aligners out and put them back in. They also have to commit to wearing them at least 22 hours a day to stay on schedule with their treatment. And some of the tougher issues are treated more effectively with braces.
At Crescent Orthodontic Specialists, the Invisalign cost for teens is the same as silver braces - $3995.