No two teens are exactly alike, and neither are their teeth. That’s why Invisalign is constantly advancing its dental treatments with new technology that delivers unique, customized teeth-straightening solutions for teens and adolescents. The Invisalign system is made with SmartTrack® material, which can transform your teen’s smile in less time than leading competitors. This lets our practice ensure accurate, reliable results that can be achieved without interfering with school, sports or other activities.
While Invisalign is generally considered to be an easier, more comfortable alternative to braces, Dr. Lozman puts each patient’s needs and preferences at the forefront of their treatment plan. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign, how it works, and what you and your teen can expect before, during and after each appointment.
The Invisalign Difference for Teens
Invisalign’s proprietary system is made with SmartTrack technology, which provides a better, more comfortable fit than other materials. The improved elasticity is nearly invisible and effectively straightens teeth without slipping or sliding out of place. It also takes the guesswork out of the equation and delivers consistent, reliable results that can be achieved up to 50 percent faster with weekly aligner changes.
Invisalign also keeps your teen accountable with optional blue dot indicators. These can’t be seen by others but will slowly fade as the aligners are worn, letting parents and providers know if the treatment protocol is being properly followed. By making sure your teen is wearing the aligners as recommended, they’ll be able to enjoy their new smile sooner.
Since teenagers have such busy, active lifestyles, we also provide more replacement aligners in case any get lost or damaged. This helps ensure that treatment continues according to plan no matter what and lets your teen continue to enjoy the things that make them unique.
Why Choose Invisalign for Your Teen?
Compared to braces, Invisalign provides a better teeth-straightening experience for both you and your teen. Some of the benefits of clear, flexible aligners include:
- Trays are virtually invisible
- Custom-made with SmartTrack materials
- Effective for both simple and complex cases
- Covered by orthodontic insurance
- Shorter treatment times (up to 50 percent faster)
- Fewer dental visits
- No pain from wires or brackets
- No food or activity restrictions
- Removable trays for easy brushing and flossing
- Self-esteem boost from an improved smile
During the consultation process, Dr. Lozman will assess your teen’s needs and thoroughly explain the treatment process to help determine if Invisalign is right for them. Invisalign is suitable for most children, teens and adults who want to achieve a more beautiful smile.
Invisalign Treatment Process
Invisalign straightens your teen’s teeth in just three easy steps. From the very beginning, their treatment plan will be customized to suit their needs and provide quick results without disrupting their daily life. Here’s what you need to know about the Invisalign process.
Your teen’s journey begins with a 3D scan of their teeth using the iTero® digital scanning system. This accurately maps their mouth and allows us to create a treatment plan based on the exact structure, movement and alignment of their teeth. It also lets us give you and your teen a preview of their new smile and compares changes over time.
Next, your teen will receive their Invisalign clear aligners. These are custom-made for their teeth and will provide a snug, comfortable fit. Throughout treatment, you’ll also be able to monitor their treatment compliance with blue dot indicators on the inside of the trays. Your teen will wear the aligners for up to 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat, drink or brush. Invisalign is easy to remove and re-insert for fewer interruptions to their busy lifestyle.
As your teen progresses with treatment, their smile will transform through a series of small shifts that gradually straighten their teeth. Invisalign provides just enough force to do this comfortably and efficiently. Whether your teen has an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gaps, crooked teeth or overcrowding, Invisalign can keep up.
What Can Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign is a great option for addressing a number of concerns in teens and adolescents. Dr. Lozman will use the iTero 3D scanner and advanced software to map out a customized treatment plan down to the smallest details, calculating the exact amount of force needed for each tooth movement. This ensures consistent results for both simple and complex shifts.
Some common issues that Invisalign can help with include:
- Overbite: Upper teeth close over in front of the lower teeth
- Underbite: Lower teeth extend past the upper teeth
- Crossbite: Upper and lower teeth don’t line up
- Open bite: Upper and lower teeth don’t meet
- Gap teeth: Noticeable spaces between teeth
- Crowded teeth: Lack of space in the jaw
- Crooked teeth: Teeth aren’t straight and even
Depending on your teen’s case, SmartForce® Attachments may be recommended before or during treatment to make complex movements possible without braces. These powerful yet gentle attachments are small, tooth-colored shapes that give the aligners something to push on, applying the right amount of force in the right direction.
Invisalign also offers precision wings for more complex issues. This mandibular advancement feature gradually moves the lower jaw and is designed to improve the appearance of the bite and chin. It is highly effective for overbites and teeth-straightening in teens and adolescents.
Maintaining Your Teen’s Smile
Once your teen’s smile has been transformed with Invisalign, their results can be maintained with the Vivera® retainer system. These clear, discreet retainers are custom-fit to each individual and ensure that the teeth won’t shift back to their original position following treatment. They’re also made from the same premium SmartTrack material as the aligners themselves and more durable than other brands, so you feel confident that your teen’s retainers will last for years. Vivera provides a comfortable, convenient way to protect the investment you’ve made in your teen’s teeth, keeping them healthy and properly aligned.
Lozman Orthodontics provides highly individualized care for children, teens and adults. When you’re here, you’re never just another number to us. We know that understanding our patient’s concerns and empowering them to ask questions leads to better outcomes, so we’re committed to helping individuals feel confident, comfortable and knowledgeable about their orthodontic treatments. To learn more about the Invisalign system or schedule a consultation, please feel free to call our office. We look forward to helping your teen achieve a healthier smile!