Getting Started with Invisalign Teen Treatments
Teenagers can feel quite sensitive about their physical appearance so traditional metal braces might not work the best for their desires and orthodontic needs. That is why our pediatric dentists provide Invisalign Teen clear aligners for younger patients in Lancaster, PA. Similar to the adult version, Invisalign Teen orthodontics can efficiently and safely correct the position and alignment of a patient's teeth within 1 – 2 years with removable aligners. Unlike the regular version, Invisalign Teen orthodontics has eruption tabs, compliance indicators, and substitute aligners. If your teenager is worried about metal braces, then schedule a consultation at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates in Lancaster, PA to get more information about the Invisalign Teen treatment.
About Invisalign Teen orthodontics
How is Invisalign Teen orthodontics different than regular Invisalign orthodontics? A number of patients are worried about giving their teenagers responsibility for costly aligners during orthodontic therapy. It is a huge investment in money and time. However, our team is aware of these factors with teenagers. Because of these issues, the Invisalign Teen treatment includes three specific features that ensure your adolescent ends up with a straight smile:
- Compliance indicators: There is a spot on the back portion of the aligners that wears off with usage. We can tell if your teen isn't using the aligners enough or if he or she is wearing them at all. This can help keep the younger patients accountable for using their aligners 20 – 22 hours daily and keep them on schedule. Non-compliance issues mean your adolescent will be in therapy for a longer amount of time.
- Eruption tabs: The manufacturers of Invisalign Teen orthodontics understand that not all teenage patients will have their third molars or "wisdom teeth." They've created the aligners with eruption tabs to leave space for the final molars. This is so they can grow in the correct location without overcrowding the other teeth. The standard Invisalign treatment doesn't have this feature.
- Extra replacement aligners: We plan for accidents and missing aligners by building six replacement aligners in your teen's treatment plan. Accidents happen, and we can misplace items sometimes so please contact our office in Lancaster, PA if you have any issues or need a replacement.
"My son is 6 and has autism, so he can get nervous in these kinds of situations or struggle to cooperate sometimes. The hygienist who worked on him, Tabitha, was patient and kind, explained everything to him so he knew what to expect, and made it a great experience for him! The dentist, Dr. Ross, is great and did a wonderful job on my son’s in-hospital dental procedure last year. The no cavity club is so exciting for the kids too, he loved getting a token to get a prize, and couldn’t wait to show his teacher his certificate! We use that at home as an incentive to brush good (“remember, you want to stay in the no cavity club right?”) When we left my son said he wishes he could go to the dentist everyday haha."- L.G. / Google / Oct 21, 2021
"Tabitha was so awesome at getting my 4 year old comfortable! She was dreading the appt. Thank you for being so sweet!"- E.O. / Google / Oct 01, 2021
"My kids have been coming here since the beginning, and I've always been so impressed by not only the care they have received, but how patient and kind every single person in the office is. Highly highly recommend LPDA"- C.D. / Google / Sep 21, 2021
"I love coming here with my daughter . They are so patient and are very relatable to my daughter by telling her stories and making her comfortable while cleaning her teeth ! Made me feel like I made the best choice choosing them to care for my child teeth! They also explain to me very well how to care for her teeth and recommend some steps while doing so ! Couldn’t be any better! Great experience!"- D.L. / Google / Sep 10, 2021
"From the friendly ladies at the front desk to the spacious waiting rooms and sweet hygienist and dentist, LPDA was a great choice to bring my kiddo."- S.R. / Google / Aug 14, 2021
Is my teenager a good candidate for Invisalign Teen?
Younger patients with conditions, such as crooked teeth, an overbite, crowded teeth, or gap issues, are the best candidates for Invisalign Teen clear aligners at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates. Invisalign Teen orthodontics is especially beneficial for teens who participate in sports or the arts. Metal braces have the potential to cause damage during contact sports or can even make it difficult to play an instrument. We will perform a thorough assessment and explore all of the orthodontic treatments that might work best for your daughter or son.
What to Expect with Invisalign teen clear aligners
You and your teenager will have a consultation with one of our expert Lancaster, PA dentists to:
- Discuss treatment goals
- Learn how your teen feels about having an orthodontic appliance
- Understand what to expect during the treatment period
Normally, this treatment takes about 1 – 2 years, but this will vary with each patient. To begin the treatment, we will take several x-rays from different angles and make an impression of the upper and lower teeth. We use the impressions to make the acrylic aligners, which our team customizes to fit your teenager's mouth.
INVISALIGN TEEN Follow-Up appointments
Patients will have follow-up visits every 2 – 4 weeks. At these visits, we substitute their aligners, examine their progress, and check how well they are using them. The Invisalign Teen treatment has compliance indicators, which will inform us if your teenager is wearing the aligners every day. The indicators will hold your teen accountable for wearing their aligners for most of their day (20 – 22 hours). Keep in mind, your teenager will have the ability to brush and floss without the barrier of metal braces. Your teen will need to remove the trays before eating, and it is a good habit to make sure the teeth are clean before putting the aligners back into position.
Invisalign Teen orthodontic treatments may be covered in part by dental insurance. Our staff can get in touch with your provider to determine your coverage and figure out your out-of-pocket costs. If you are not using insurance, we can go over payment methods we take, such as medical financing.
Invisalign Teen orthodontics
Many teenagers want a picture-perfect smile; however, they may feel uneasy about traditional orthodontics, like metal braces. At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, we will walk our teenage patients through the procedure and talk about how Invisalign Teen clear aligners can help them achieve a gorgeous and healthy smile. Please contact our office in Lancaster, PA to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists.