Invisalign for Teens: A Guide for Parents and Adolescents

Invisalign® is a clear and removable substitute for traditional braces. It has become increasingly popular among teens. Unlike metal braces, they are nearly invisible. This makes them attractive to those who are self-conscious about their appearance. Here is everything parents and adolescents need to know about Invisalign for teens.


What Is Invisalign?


Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, custom-made aligners to straighten your teeth progressively. The aligners comprise a BPA-free plastic that is comfortable and virtually invisible. The aligners are removable, so they can be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing.


How Invisalign Works


Invisalign works by using several clear, custom-made aligners to shift teeth into their proper position. Each aligner set is worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced with a new set. Over time, the teeth will shift into their desired position until the completion of the treatment.


Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?


Invisalign is suitable for most teens who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues. But consulting with your orthodontist is imperative. It helps determine whether Invisalign best suits you. Invisalign can treat various orthodontic problems, including bite issues, crowded teeth, and gaps.


What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?


Several benefits of Invisalign make it an attractive option for teens.

  • They are almost invisible, making them an ideal option for those self-conscious about their appearance

  • They are removable, meaning they can be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing. This makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.

  • They comprise an even, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that does not irritate the mouth as metal braces can


Duration of the Treatment 


The duration of Invisalign treatment depends on the seriousness of your orthodontic issue. However, most Invisalign treatments take about a year to a year-and-a-half to complete.


How Often Should You Wear Invisalign Aligners?


Invisalign aligners should be worn for most of your day and night. They should only be removed for eating, flossing, and brushing.


How Much Does Invisalign Cost?


The cost depends on the seriousness of your orthodontic condition, including the duration of treatment. But, in general, Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces. Many dental insurance plans cover at least part of the Invisalign treatment cost.


What Are the Potential Side Effects of Invisalign?


Like all orthodontic treatments, Invisalign may cause discomfort during the first few days of wearing new aligners. However, this discomfort typically subsides within a few days. Invisalign may also cause a slight lisp when first wearing them, but this, too, typically goes away as the wearer becomes accustomed to speaking with the aligners in their mouth.


What Is the Maintenance Required for Invisalign?


Invisalign aligners require minimal maintenance. After each use, clean them with a toothbrush and warm water. Next, store in a clean, dry place. It would help to have them clean and germ-free the next time you use them.

For more on Invisalign, visit Align Dental at our Boston, Massachusetts office. Please call (617) 340-5300 to discuss any questions with our team of experts or to schedule an appointment today.

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