20 Things to Know Before Getting Invisalign Teen


Austin, TX – You can get the smile you’ve always wanted, without the pesky brackets and wires of traditional braces. Invisalign lets you smile bigger than ever, even during treatment. But, there are some things you should know before choosing Invisalign.

  1. What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a way to straighten teeth through a series of clear, removable aligners. Invisalign uses 3D imaging technology to guide tooth movement, allowing you and your orthodontist to see exactly what your smile looks like every step of the way.
  2. How does Invisalign work? You will have a set of clear aligners custom created just for you. Each set of aligners is perfectly calibrated to guide your teeth to a specific location, based on your treatment plan, with the end result being a smile that is straight, healthy and functional. You will trade out each set of aligners for the next set after approximately two weeks, and will maintain regular visits with your orthodontist to ensure your treatment is progressing as it should.
  3. What makes Invisalign Teen different? Invisalign Teen allows you to straighten your teeth discretely. We know the teen years can be hard enough, without adding a mouth full of metal to the picture. Invisalign aligners are clear, rendering them virtually invisible in your mouth. But they are also comfortable and removable, which means you don’t need to make any adjustments to your diet while you are in treatment.
  4. How will caring for my teeth change while wearing Invisalign? You will have to brush your teeth after every meal and snack, just as you would with traditional braces. While you won’t have brackets and wires that can trap food and debris, you won’t want to place your aligners back over your teeth until your mouth is clean. Otherwise, the aligners can trap the debris against the teeth, which could lead to damage to your teeth. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you so you can clean your teeth on the go.
  5. What is expected of me during Invisalign Teen treatment? Invisalign requires a much higher degree of patient compliance than other orthodontic treatments. You will be responsible for wearing your aligners the recommended length of time each day. Because they are removable, it can be tempting to take them out for periods of time. But, to ensure your treatment is completed in the timeframe your orthodontist gave you, you will need to wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day. That means they should only be taken out when eating and drinking, and placed back in as soon as you have cleaned your teeth.
  6. What are attachments and buttons? For some patients who have more difficult malocclusions, they may require the use of attachments and buttons to provide the necessary leverage to guide teeth to their ideal locations. Your orthodontist will let you know if you need them. Attachments and buttons allow for more patients to reap the benefits of Invisalign, but they can also make the treatment slightly more visible to others. However, buttons and attachments will be tooth colored and will still blend in much better than metal brackets and wires.
  7. How do I need to care for my aligners? Proper care of your aligners is important. Be sure to carry a retainer case with you to place the aligners in when you are eating and drinking. Never brush your aligners with toothpaste, as most toothpastes contain abrasives that can damage your aligners. To clean them, you can soak them in denture cleaner or a special Invisalign cleaner that is available through your orthodontist’s office.
  8. Can my aligners become damaged or discolored? Never eat or drink anything other than water while wearing your aligners. Chewing with your aligners in can damage them, and drinking certain beverages can discolor them. Never drink hot beverages or leave your aligners in a hot place as this can warp the plastic, which will then impact the fit of your aligners. Be sure to clean your aligners properly every day to avoid discoloration.
  9. Do the aligners alter speech? You may notice that your speech is slightly impacted in the beginning, and you may notice a bit of a lisp in the beginning. The aligners may cause your mouth to create more saliva in the beginning which can also affect speech.
  10. Is it difficult to remove the aligners? The aligners are meant to fit snugly over your teeth to ensure the proper pressure is placed on your teeth. It may take some practice to easily remove the aligners, but in no time, you’ll have the hang of it.
  11. How will my teeth feel during treatment? You will probably notice that your teeth feel loose during your Invisalign Teen treatment. That is totally normal – to move to their desired locations, the teeth have to loosen from their current locations. Once they have been moved to their final positions, a retainer will help hold them in place while the tissues of the mouth adjust to the new locations.
  12. Will there be pain while wearing the aligners? Unfortunately, there is no orthodontic treatment that is completely without discomfort. But the good news is, Invisalign Teen offers a much more comfortable way to straighten your smile. The aligners are made of a smooth plastic, so there are no brackets and wires to irritate the inside of your mouth. There will be some discomfort as your teeth are guided to their new locations, but there should be little to no pain.
  13. How does the cost of Invisalign compare to traditional braces? Invisalign treatment is close in cost to traditional braces. The exact cost will depend on the severity of your case.
  14. What is the treatment time of Invisalign Teen? The average treatment time of Invisalign Teen is very similar to that of traditional braces, but the exact length of your treatment will depend on the severity of your case.
  15. Are there ways to speed up my Invisalign treatment? PROPEL allows patients to speed up orthodontic treatment by accelerating tooth movement. PROPEL stimulates the bone around the teeth, which helps the teeth move faster and more predictably to their new locations. That means less time in braces and less time in your orthodontist’s office. PROPEL can also accelerate healing, making orthodontic treatment more comfortable than it otherwise might be.
  16. Is Invisalign Teen right for everyone? The use of buttons and attachments allows more patients to use Invisalign Teen. The only way to know for sure if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign is through a consultation with a certified orthodontist.
  17. Will the aligners be visible to others? The aligners are clear, rendering them virtually invisible to others. You may be self-conscious in the beginning, but you’ll realize quickly that others won’t even realize you are straightening your teeth!
  18. Will my teeth need to be shaved or filed? For some patients, teeth may need to be shaved slightly to allow for the correct spacing of teeth. This may be the case if you have a severe case of crowding – shaving can create the proper spacing in a way that cannot be achieved based on the confines of the patient’s bone structure.
  19. Is there a right age for Invisalign treatment? Orthodontic treatment can help patients of all ages, but Invisalign is recommended for teens and adults. That is because Invisalign requires a high degree of patient responsibility. With other types of braces, the brackets and wires are bonded to the teeth, and all the patient has to do is brush, floss and adhere to a braces-friendly diet. But with Invisalign, the patient is required to wear the aligners the recommended 22 hours a day, clean the teeth and the aligners, take proper care of the aligners when they aren’t in the mouth, and follow all of the orthodontist’s recommendations. Invisalign is a wonderful option, but patients must be ready for the responsibility.
  20. What can I expect after Invisalign treatment is finished? Once you finish your aligner sets, your teeth should be in their new locations. You’ll notice your smile looks better and your bite feels better. But, your treatment won’t end there. To ensure your new smile lasts, you’ll need to wear a retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist.

To learn more about Invisalign Teen and discover if it is right for you, call Wired Orthodontics today at 512-258-6979.

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