Invisalign® for Teens
Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Tysons Corner and McLean
Invisalign® treats a wide range of orthodontic issues and now has several features personalized to teenagers. Invisalign® Teen in Fairfax includes all of the benefits associated with the Invisalign® system and the aligners address the specific needs of developing mouths.
At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, our experienced dentists determine Invisalign® candidacy for teens living in Alexandria, Arlington, Tysons Corner and the surrounding Northern Virginia areas.
HOW IS INVISALIGN® DIFFERENT?
Invisalign® Teen has the full benefits of Invisalign® with some added features to accommodate for teen-related issues. These features include:
- Blue dot wear indictors track how long the aligners are being worn
- Up to six free aligner replacements in the event of a broken or lost aligner
- Accommodation for erupting or partially erupted teeth
- Eruption tabs to accommodate molar eruption
- Power ridges to provide additional force for complex movement
Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, many dentists and parents worry that teens will be tempted to take the aligners out unnecessarily. For the Invisalign® system to work, aligners must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. They should only be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. Fortunately, the teen aligners have blue dot wear indicators, which provide dentists and parents with an approximation of how often and how long the aligners are being worn.
Invisalign® Teen also addresses orthodontic needs that are unique to developing mouths. Even if your teen has teeth that are erupting or partially erupted, treatment is still possible with Invisalign® Teen’s eruption accommodation feature. Additionally, power ridges facilitate root movement, an important part of teen orthodontic treatment.
ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN® TEEN
In addition to effective tooth movement, your teen can enjoy the benefits of the Invisalign® system, including:
- Clear, plastic aligners
- More comfortable
Fairfax Invisalign® Teen offers a way to alleviate one source of teenage stress: unsightly and noticeable metal braces. Clear, plastic aligners are significantly less noticeable and may let your teen enjoy orthodontic treatment without attracting unwanted attention.
The aligners are removable, so your teen can continue to enjoy favorite foods. Metal braces often mean restricting certain foods, especially of the sticky and chewy variety. Invisalign® Teen aligners must be removed before eating, so your teen’s diet will not be limited by orthodontic treatment. Aligners are also removed before brushing and flossing, making it easy for your teen to maintain good oral hygiene.
The sharper, metal edges of traditional braces often lead to mouth irritation, which is reduced with the smoother edges of Invisalign® aligners.
For teens and parents living in Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, find out if Invisalign® Teen is right. Please contact the experienced Alexandria orthodontics office at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.