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Some of my friends have teenagers who might need braces in the coming years, but they aren’t looking forward to having a mouthful of metal braces. The good thing is it doesn’t have to be that way, as there is another option: Invisalign Teen.
Invisalign Teen clear aligners straighten teeth just as well, but without the wires and brackets of traditional braces that can make a teen self-conscious of smiling and having fun. There’s no need for teens to hold back or feel they’re missing out on anything when straightening their teeth with Invisalign.
Invisalign Teen is also better for overall oral health care, since they can be removed for brushing and flossing, and there are no food restrictions either.
Invisalign braces eliminates emergency orthodontist visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.
Invisalign Teen costs about the same as braces. It is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Flexible Spending Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) can also be used for Invisalign, making money go farther with pre-tax dollars. For more information on cost braces and insurance coverage, visit the Invisalign Cost Calculator.
Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen, so use the Invisalign Doctor Locator to find experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.
Still have questions about braces? Then let’s talk Invisalign myths and set the record straight:
Myth: Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated.
Myth: Invisalign is more expensive than metal braces.
Setting it Straight: The cost of Invisalign is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would braces.
Myth: I won’t be able to tell if my child is wearing Invisalign often enough for it to be effective.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.
Myth: If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace.
Setting it Straight: We know kids lose things, even their aligners! That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen.
Myth: After Invisalign Teen, my child’s teeth may revert back to their original position.
Setting it Straight: Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment including braces, but is one that can easily be overcome. Ask your doctor. about Vivera retainers from the makers of Invisalign.
Myth: I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.
Setting it Straight: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”
Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces.
Setting it Straight: The length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to braces. The average Invisalign journey averages about 12 months for adults. The length of treatment time for teens may vary depending on the severity of the case and can only be determined by a doctor.
Myth: If my child’s dentist or orthodontist recommends braces over Invisalign, I should trust their opinion.
Setting it Straight: Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit Invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area. If you are told your teen is not an Invisalign candidate, it may be worth getting a second opinion from more than one orthodontist. Doing so may help ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision.
Myth: Braces work better than Invisalign.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists to correct the most common teeth straightening issues – from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments. Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.
Myth: We can’t afford Invisalign.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.
Myth: Braces are a rite of passage.
Setting it Straight: Virtually invisible aligners, mean there is less social awkwardness to impact teen’s confidence and self-esteem during an already vulnerable time. There’s no need for teens to hold back or feel they’re missing out on anything when straightening their teeth with Invisalign.
Myth: Invisalign treatment will disrupt our lives.
Setting it Straight: With Invisalign, Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, musical instruments, acting and singing with little to no interference. And because its removable, brushing and flossing is easy and no food restrictions to worry about either. Invisalign is much less disruptive for busy moms and dads too. Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.
Invisalign isn’t just for teens – adults can also use Invisalign to straighten their teeth. Great news right? Because we adults don’t want a mouthful of metal either, am I right? Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.
For more information on Invisalign, visit Invisalign.com. They’ve even got a handy infographic on their site that you can reference. You can also follow Invisalign on Facebook at facebook.com/invisalign and on Twitter at twitter.com/invisalign.
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