Our Murphy Orthodontics team understands that teenagers need corrective treatment that is flexible to their busy lifestyles. Between soccer practice and late-night study sessions, their schedule is packed. With Invisalign for Teens, they can enjoy the freedom and discretion of these clear aligners while working toward a happier and healthier smile. 

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

Invisalign Teen consists of a series of clear aligners adjusted over time to gradually shift your teeth closer to the desired results. We use the iTero scanner to make a 3D digital model of your smile so we can create aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. This appliance is made of a thermoplastic material that was intentionally designed for patient comfort. Every week, you will receive a new set of aligners that have been slightly altered to progress your smile. 

How Often Do I Have to Wear My Aligners?

Not only is Invisalign virtually invisible, but it’s also easy to remove. You can take your aligners out anytime you need to eat, drink, play sports, and more. We suggest you wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day so you benefit from consistent pressure on your teeth. This time frame leaves you with several hours of flexibility for you to take them out whenever necessary. 

We understand it can sometimes be challenging to know if you are wearing your Invisalign for long enough. Luckily, Invisalign Teen has a unique compliance indicator feature that lets you know if you aren’t wearing your aligners consistently. The indicator is a small symbol printed near the back of the aligners, and as you wear them, the symbol will fade. If you still see the symbol at the end of the week, this may be a sign you need to wear your Invisalign more for maximum efficiency.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Work?

Our team is dedicated to crafting unique treatment plans that acknowledge our patient’s unique orthodontic needs and goals. The timeline of our treatments depends on the extent of the patient’s oral health issues and how consistently they wear their appliance. While it varies from patient to patient, most people wear Invisalign aligners for about one to two years. This range is comparable to that of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is an investment of time and money that results in a beautiful, healthy smile when you reach the end of your treatment. 

What Happens If My Teen Loses an Aligner?

Accidents happen, and sometimes aligners get lost, but there’s no need to worry. If your teen leaves their Invisalign at a friend’s house or accidentally throws them away, all you need to do is call our office and let us know. We will either get your teen a replacement set or move on to the next set of aligners in the series. While losing your aligners isn’t a big deal, it’s crucial that you keep our office updated so we can ensure your teen’s treatment isn’t prolonged. 

Are There Any Food Restrictions?

There are no dietary restrictions for Invisalign wearers. However, whenever it’s time to eat, you should remove your clear aligners and then put them back in once you’re finished. There is no risk of damaging your appliance with hard, sticky, or chewy foods, unlike braces. 

How Much Is Invisalign for Teens?

We want all of our patients to have access to this life-changing treatment so they can look in the mirror and see a smile they’re proud to wear. This is why our practice has created several flexible financing plans, so our patients can budget for this treatment more quickly. Additionally, we will work with most insurance providers to help you get out-of-pocket costs covered. Getting the smile you deserve shouldn’t be stressful, and our knowledgeable team members are ready to answer any questions you may have about treatment costs. 

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign has grown in popularity in recent years because of its efficiency, comfort, and flexibility. Instead of working your life around a corrective treatment, Invisalign aligners fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. In addition, they’re virtually invisible and ultra-comfortable, so both you and the people around you will forget you’re wearing them. 

For our patients who are athletes, Invisalign aligners can act as a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you are playing your favorite sports. If you’d prefer to play with your usual mouthguard, you can easily take out your aligners as long as you put them back in place after your game or practice. The best part of Invisalign is that you can work toward the smile you’ve always wanted without sacrificing any of your daily activities.