Is Invisalign Right For My Teen?

At Jaffe Orthodontics in Portsmouth, Bristol, and Barrington, RI, we want to make sure your teen receives the highest quality, comprehensive orthodontic care and that their orthodontic journey is smooth and seamless. Our orthodontists and trained professionals understand that orthodontia can be a new topic for many parents, especially in regards to Invisalign Teen. For this reason, we always encourage questions and comments to ensure you and your teen fully understand the orthodontic treatment and how Invisalign Teen can help give your child a beautiful, straight, functional smile. Learn if Invisalign is right for your teen today!

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is an orthodontic appliance made especially for teenagers. It is comprised of two plastic clear aligners that are custom fit to your teen’s mouth and teeth. Invisalign, an alternative to braces, will slowly move your teen’s teeth to the desired position. The aligners put gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually shift them into a straighter, more functional position. Every two weeks, your teen will receive a new set of clear aligners to continue the shifting process.

How Long Should My Teen Wear The Aligners?

In order for the orthodontic treatment to work properly, your teen should wear the clear Invisalign aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day. They should only take the aligners out to eat, drink, brush and floss, and for the occasional sports activity.

Any Diet Restrictions?

Unlike traditional metal braces where you must restrict specific foods, your teen can enjoy all their favorite foods while straightening their teeth. With Invisalign Teen, your child can remove their clear aligners at meal times, meaning no foods are off limits.

What If My Teen Loses Their Aligners?

At the orthodontic office of Dr. Jordan Jaffe, we understand that the occasional mishap may occur and your teen may lose or forget their aligner somewhere. For these situations, simply call one of our offices in Portsmouth, Bristol, or Barrington, RI and request a replacement aligner. Depending on when your teen loses their Invisalign aligner, we may choose to move onto the next aligner set anyways.

Are There Any Common Problems With Invisalign Teen?

The biggest difficulty for most teens is wearing their Invisalign clear aligners. Our orthodontist understands that there is an adjustment period and your teen needs to get used to wearing their Invisalign. However, we cannot stress enough how important it is to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day. At the beginning, your teen may experience some discomfort in their mouth, a slight lisp, or increased saliva production. These are all minor issues and after the first few weeks, your teen won’t even notice!

Is Invisalign Teen Expensive?

Many parents believe Invisalign Teen is more expensive than traditional metal braces, however, that is not the case today. For most teens, the prices are quite comparable and most dental insurances also cover Invisalign Teen. For questions concerning financing or payment plans, please never hesitate to ask our office.

Schedule Your Appointment For Invisalign Teen Today!

If you are interested in Invisalign for your teen, please call Jaffe Orthodontics in Portsmouth, Bristol, and Barrington, RI today! Our orthodontist and staff will be more than happy to discuss all of your orthodontic options, your teen’s orthodontic treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have. Schedule your next appointment online or call our office directly! We look forward to fitting your teen with Invisalign!

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