A Revolutionary Orthodontic Solution for Teens
For teenagers seeking an alternative orthodontic solution to braces, Invisalign® Teen is a revolutionary treatment. At the Brickell, FL, orthodontic practice of Dr. Stephen Grussmark, one of the only Diamond Plus Invisalign providers in Dade County, our team can fit custom Invisalign Teen aligners to help your teenager smile during the orthodontic process.
What Is Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign® Teen is an advanced orthodontic solution designed specifically for teenagers. This modified version of traditional Invisalign has helped countless patients in Brickell, FL, smile their best.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign Teen offers a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth and address common orthodontic issues. These clear aligners are custom-made to provide a comfortable and discreet path to a confident smile.
Invisalign can fix a variety of dental problems, including:
When the upper teeth close over the lower teeth.
when the lower teeth close over the upper teeth.
when the jaws don’t line up.
when there are large spaces between teeth.
when the top and bottom teeth don’t meet.
when there isn’t enough room to fit all of your teeth naturally.
Benefits of Invisalign® Teen
Comfort and Discretion
Invisalign aligners are comfortable and virtually invisible, one of their stand-out benefits. They don’t have the metal wires and brackets associated with traditional braces, reducing the risk of irritation and discomfort. Invisalign works to provide a better appearance than conventional braces.
One significant advantage of Invisalign Teen is that the aligners are removable. This makes eating, drinking, and oral hygiene routines more convenient, as there are no dietary restrictions or challenges in maintaining good oral hygiene.
Invisalign aligners allow teenagers to continue their daily activities without disruptions. Whether playing sports or participating in musical activities, the aligners won’t hold them back.
Each set of Invisalign Teen aligners is custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth perfectly. This personalized approach ensures precise and effective treatment that won’t get in the way of life. The innovative SmartTrack® material offers predictable results you can count on.
Candidacy for Invisalign® Teen
While the specific Invisalign candidacy is determined by the orthodontist, Invisalign aligners are generally recommended for teenagers with:
- Mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues.
- Mild to moderate bite problems, including overbites, underbites, or crossbites.
- The desire for a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
During the initial consultation with Dr. Grussmark, the teenager’s dental condition will be assessed to determine if Invisalign Teen is the right choice. If deemed suitable, your Brickell orthodontist will create a customized treatment plan, setting the stage for a journey toward a confident and beautifully aligned smile.
Invisalign® Teen vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign® Teen and traditional braces are both effective in achieving straighter teeth and better oral health, but they differ in several aspects:
- Appearance: Invisalign Teen offers a natural appearance, so your orthodontic treatment won’t hinder your smile.
- Comfort: Invisalign Teen aligners are smooth and comfortable, while braces can irritate.
- Dietary Restrictions: Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, so there are no dietary restrictions. With braces, you should avoid certain foods to prevent damage.
- Oral Hygiene: Maintaining oral hygiene is simpler with Invisalign Teen, as you can remove your aligners for brushing and flossing.
- Treatment Duration: Treatment duration varies, but Invisalign Teen may offer a shorter treatment.
How Does Invisalign® Teen Work?
The journey begins with a consultation with Dr. Grussmark. During this appointment, the orthodontist assesses the teenager’s dental condition to determine if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for straight teeth.
If Invisalign Teen is deemed suitable, your Brickell orthodontic specialist will create a 3D digital model of the teenager’s teeth. This precise digital model serves as the foundation for the invisible aligner treatment.
Customized Orthodontic Treatment Plan
Using the digital model, Dr. Grussmark designs a customized treatment plan. This plan outlines the step-by-step movements of the teeth and the estimated duration of treatment.
Based on the treatment plan, a series of clear aligners is custom-made for your bite. These aligners are a comfortable, smooth material designed to minimize irritation and discomfort.
Wearing the Aligners
The teenager wears each invisible aligner set for approximately two weeks. During this time, the aligners gently apply controlled force to the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired positions with barely noticeable equipment.
As the Invisalign treatment progresses, the teenager switches to the next set of aligners in the series. Each new aligner set continues the tooth movement outlined in the treatment plan.
Routine check-ups with Dr. Grussmark monitor progress, ensure the aligners fit correctly, and make any necessary adjustments. You may need to attend more visits for complex cases.
Caring for Invisalign® Teen Aligners
Proper care of Invisalign Teen aligners is essential to ensure they remain effective and discreet throughout treatment. Here are some tips for caring for the aligners:
- Remove Before Eating: Always remove the aligners before eating or drinking, except for water (avoid hot water). This prevents staining and damage to the aligners.
- Oral Hygiene: Maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss your teeth after every meal before reinserting the aligners. Clean the aligners by gently brushing them with a toothbrush and lukewarm water.
- Storage: When not wearing the aligners, store them in their dedicated case. This prevents loss or damage.
- Avoid Hot Liquids: Refrain from drinking hot beverages while wearing the aligners, as high temperatures can distort the aligners’ shape.
- Regular Check-Ups: Attend all scheduled check-up appointments with your orthodontist. They will ensure the aligners are functioning correctly and make any necessary adjustments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should a 13-year-old get metal braces or Invisalign Teen?
The choice between metal braces and Invisalign Teen depends on the individual’s orthodontic needs and preferences. An orthodontic consultation with your orthodontist can help determine the most suitable treatment for specific needs.
Is 16 too old for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is for teenagers, but the suitability of the treatment depends on the dental issues. Consultation with an orthodontist is essential to assess the best treatment options.
Does insurance cover the cost of Invisalign Teen?
Insurance coverage for orthodontics varies, so it’s best to check with your insurance provider. Some plans may cover a portion of the Invisalign cost. Your orthodontic office may also provide financing and dental insurance options.
How long does treatment with Invisalign Teen take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment varies from person to person but typically ranges from 12 to 18 months. Your orthodontist can provide a more accurate estimate of treatment time during your aligner treatment consultation.
Enjoy a Rejuvenated Smile and Enhanced Orthodontic Health!
Invisalign Teen is a transformative orthodontic solution that offers comfort, discretion, and effective results. Dr. Grussmark’s expertise ensures that teenagers in Brickell, FL, can embark on a journey toward a confident smile. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen with Dr. Grussmark is an excellent choice for your teen’s oral health.
Schedule your orthodontic consultation at our Brickell, FL, office today by calling 786-563-4973. We welcome new and existing patients from Miami, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach, FL.