Invisalign

How Invisalign works

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible material that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners as instructed will gradually and gently shift your teeth into a better position, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just change to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You will achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people will not even know you are straightening your teeth.


Cases

A Class II condition where excessive protrusion of the upper jaw results in the upper front teeth protruding over the lower front teeth, also known as deep bite. It can be caused by disproportional eruption of upper front teeth or overdevelopment of the maxillary bone that supports the teeth. While this condition can make your smile less attractive, it can lead to more serious conditions such as abnormal wear of dentition, improper function of front teeth, can result in the lower front teeth biting into the gums, gum irritation, and can even lead to jaw joint pain if not treated. Over bite can be corrected through moving the front teeth up and/or making the bite so the teeth are properly aligned and the deep bite is eliminated.

Overbite

A Class II condition where there is excessive protrusion of the upper jaw. In this case the lower teeth are too far behind the upper front teeth. This can be caused by improper alignment of the molar teeth, skeletal imbalance of the upper and/or lower jaws, flared upper incisors, missing lower front teeth or a combination of the above. Oral habits, like digit sucking or tongue thrusting can exacerbate this oral condition. It is important to correct this malocclusion to allow proper function of the front teeth, avoid premature wear, and make your smile more attractive.

A Class III condition where lower teeth protrude over the upper teeth. It is usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbite can prevent the normal function of front teeth and molars, chipping of front teeth, biting on the lips, speech problems and poor facial aesthetics. It also can cause jaw joint pain and other joint related problems.

Underbite

Teeth crowding happens when there is not enough space in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally. When untreated, overcrowding can result in poor oral hygiene, increased plaque and subsequently tooth decay, and gum disease.

Gapped Teeth

Gaps between teeth can occur during abnormal development of the jawbone. Gaps can also happen when missing teeth cause surrounding teeth to shift and develop extra space in between them. Spacing problem can lead to gum irritation, increased risk for periodontal disease, and a less attractive smile.

This condition is characterized by insufficient vertical overlap of teeth. It is often caused by adverse oral habits such as tongue thrusting, digit sucking, or when jaws do not grow evenly. Open bite can cause poor and/or painful chewing and even lead to more serious issues such as speech impairment and TMJ disorder. The timing of treatment is critical for open bite cases to insure overall success of therapy. Correction of open bite can be achieved through growth modification of the jaw. Sometimes surgery is required if not recognized or treated early enough. Breaking oral habits (like digit sucking) that cause open bite in the first place is essential to facilitate proper correction of the bite.

Open bite

Crossbite can occur when upper and lower jaws are misaligned. It causes asymmetrical development of the jaws where one or more upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can happen on the front and/or back of the mouth. Crossbite can lead to dysfunctional chewing habits, assymetrical development of the jaw, abnormal wear of teeth, poor occlusion, gum disease, and bone loss.

Invisalign teen

Let’s face it. With school, sports, dating, and hanging out with friends, getting metal braces is not at the top of your list of favorite things to do. Guess what? With Invisalign Teen®, you can straighten your teeth without metal wires and brackets getting in the way. You’re free to enjoy the things that make these the best times of your life.

Here are the top 10 things that parents need to know about Invisalign Teen

What is Invisalign teen?

Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.

Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?

Yes. When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth. The chances are very high your teen will be a great candidate for Invisalign. To find out for sure, locate a certified Invisalign Teen orthodontist in your area at invisalign.com/find-a-doctor and go in for a consultation.

What are some of the practical advantages of Invisalign teen over traditional braces

If you’ve had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces. They can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldn’t eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions. The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

Are there any emotional concerns to consider

Research shows that moms underestimatethe extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and using braces as a solution can often make this lack of confidence even worse. But with Invisalign Teen, no one needs to know your teen is straightening their teeth, removing a potential source of real anxiety for them and giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of everyone.

Who is eligible for Invisalign?

Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentition—this includes most teenagers. A trained Invisalign orthodontist should evaluate your teen’s specific dental issues to determine candidacy. If the orthodontist rejects your teen as a candidate, it is advisable to seek a second opinion, as each provider has a different level of experience treating with Invisalign. To find an experienced Invisalign orthodontist, log on to invisalign.com/find-a-doctor and look for doctors in your area with the Invisalign Teen logo. Your teen will thank you for making that extra effort!

How long does Invisalign teen treatment take?

The average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of your teen’s treatment depends on the severity of their condition and can only be determined by your orthodontist.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Invisalign Teen costs about the same as traditional braces. Costs for orthodontic treatment can vary with geography and with the complexity of treatment – see an Invisalign-trained orthodontist for full details. Also, check your dental insurance plan—orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies. And many orthodontists can offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans as well.

Does my teen have to wear Invisalign all the time?

Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended2. Plus, Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check; each aligner has blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed, so the orthodontist can track compliance.

What happens if an aligner gets loset?

Not to worry—Invisalign Teen offers six replacement aligners for free! In the event that an aligner is lost, you should inform your orthodontist right away.

How much time will be spent visiting your Invisalign dentist?

Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your dentist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every four to six weeks.

Finding the right treatment for you
Invisalign Teen Traditional Braces Ceramic Braces Lingual Braces
Invisalign Teen Traditional Braces Ceramic Braces Lingual Braces
Product Description Custom-made clear aligners that fit closely to the teeth. Replaced every 2 weeks. Stainless steel brackets and wires attached to the outside of teeth and manually adjusted throughout treatment. Clear brackets attached to the outside of teeth. Metal brackets and wires bonded to the back of the teeth.
Range of Cases As effective as braces for nearly all cases. Suitable for nearly all cases. Suitable for nearly all cases. Suitable for most mild to moderate cassess..
Compliance Average teen compliance is within recommended range of 20 to 22 hours a day. Braces are fixed to the teeth. Levels of compliance with elastic bands varies. Braces are fixed to the teeth. Levels of compliance with elastic bands varies. Braces are fixed to the teeth. Levels of compliance with elastic bands varies.
Oral Hygiene Brush and floss as usual, making it easier to protect teeth from decay. Hard to brush and floss. Plaque may build up and cause tooth decay. Hard to brush and floss. Plaque may build up and cause tooth decay. Hard to brush and floss. Plaque may build up and cause tooth decay.
Injuries Low risk of sports injuries and no emergency visits due to broken wires or brackets. Brackets and wires may break, causing injury. Also, may cause injuries in contact sports. Brackets and wires may break, causing injury. Also, may cause injuries in contact sports. Brackets and wires may break, causing injury. Also, may cause injuries in contact sports.
Comfort May cause temporary, minor discomfort, cheek or gum irritation, and a lisp. Generally less painful than braces. May irritate the mouth, causing sores and ulcers. May irritate the mouth, causing sores and ulcers. May irritate the mouth, causing sores and ulcers. Can affect tongue position and speech.
Confidence More than twice as many teens say Invisalign® treatment boosted confidence than say this about braces. Nine out of 10 teens say braces keep them from fitting in with their peers. Many teens report teasing and self-consciousness. Many teens report teasing and self-consciousness.
Visible Results See results at every stage. Results less visible until braces are removed. Results less visible until braces are removed. Results less visible until braces are removed.
Aesthetics Virtually invisible. Highly visible. Less visible than traditional braces. Virtually invisible.
Removable Easily removable for eating and special occasions. Not removable. Not removable. Not removable.
Lifestyle No restrictions on eating, drinking, sports, or activities. Short, noninvasive visits every 6 to 8 weeks. Restrictions on foods, drinks, and sports. Braces take longer to fit than Invisalign clear aligners and are usually tightened every 8 weeks. Restrictions on foods, drinks, and sports. Braces take longer to fit than Invisalign clear aligners and are usually tightened every 8 weeks. Restrictions on foods, drinks, and sports. Braces take longer to fit than Invisalign clear aligners and are usually tightened every 8 weeks.
Cost The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to that of braces. As with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the cost of orthodontic treatment. Ask your doctor how low your payments can be.