As your teen prepares for everything from school picture day to the homecoming dance, they need a corrective treatment that is flexible to their busy schedule. Clear aligners have become increasingly popular because they are virtually invisible and allow wearers to take them in and out whenever they need. Your teen may benefit from clear aligners if they want the beautiful results of braces but need a more discreet treatment. We offer SureSmile aligners that we can print in-house, as well as Invisalign clear aligners. Our team has used both of these treatments over the years to craft dazzling smiles that last a lifetime. Our doctors have a passion for perfection and are experts at creating clear aligner treatment plans to help your teen achieve the smile they deserve with a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing appliance.
How Often Do I Have to Wear My Aligners?
We want you to have a smooth treatment experience that is as efficient as possible. To protect your progress and maximize the benefits of your clear aligners, you must keep your trays in for at least 20 hours a day. This will ensure there is consistent pressure on your teeth, so they are always shifting into place for your dream smile.
Is There Anything That I Cannot Eat While Using Clear Aligners?
While in clear aligner treatment, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about breaking a bracket and prolonging your treatment. All you have to do is take your aligners out before eating and put them back in after you’re done. You only have to wear your aligners for 20 hours a day, so this gives you some flexibility to take them out while eating, posing for a picture, and more.
How Do Clear Aligners for Teens Work?
For both SureSmile and Invisalign, we begin your treatment by taking a 3D image of your mouth and creating a digital model for us to observe. This way, we can identify issues that need to be treated and adjust the model to show you what your smile will look like after you complete clear aligner treatment. Once you and one of our doctors have agreed on the treatment and the desired results, the doctor will plan out your series of aligners, so they gradually shift your teeth into the correct place. Our SureSmile aligners are printed in-house, so we have a lot of control over their creation and can quickly get you your set of aligners. For both Invisalign and SureSmile, you will receive new aligners every two weeks that have been slightly adjusted. If you keep in your aligners for at least 20 hours a day throughout treatment, your teeth will have constant pressure, and they will slowly shift so that you achieve your dream smile.
How Long Do Aligners Take?
Clear aligner treatment looks slightly different for each of our patients based on their orthodontic needs and goals. If a teen has extensive problems that we need to address, they may spend longer in treatment. While every case is unique, we find that many of our patients complete their SureSmile or Invisalign treatment anywhere between eight months to two years.
What Happens If My Teen Loses an Aligner?
We understand that aligners can be misplaced and lost, and we don’t want you to worry. We can easily get you a new set of clear aligners so that your teen’s treatment progress isn’t prolonged by their teeth shifting back into their original positions. The most important thing to remember when your teen loses an aligner is that you should let our office know right away so we can make a treatment decision that protects their progress. Depending on where they are in the two weeks, we will either get them a new set of aligners that matches the pair they lost or give them the next scheduled set in the series.
How Much Are Clear Aligners for Teens?
The price of clear aligners for teens varies depending on how long they need to be in treatment and the extent of their orthodontic issues. While the cost is different for each patient, we do everything we can to help you budget for this life-changing corrective treatment. We offer affordable payment plans, and we work diligently with most insurance providers to make sure achieving a beautiful smile doesn’t break the bank.