Invisalign Teen® in Churubusco, IN
Straighten Your Teeth Without the Hassle
While traditional metal braces have been a popular orthodontic treatment for years, they tend to be bulky, uncomfortable, and unattractive. Braces also impose restrictions on diets and extracurricular activities, making them a less-than-ideal treatment for teenage patients.
Thankfully, Invisalign Teen® can help your teen straighten their teeth without the hassle of metal wires. They’ll be able to play sports and instruments with ease, as well as enjoy all their favorite foods. Best of all, with the discreet appearance of the aligners, your child will be able to smile with confidence!
At Turtle Town Dental, our skilled dentist Dr. Bixler is proud to offer this revolutionary treatment to allow younger patients to discreetly achieve beautiful, confident smiles. Our office is conveniently located in Churubusco near Albion and Kendallville, IN. Explore our guide to Invisalign Teen to learn how your child may benefit.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is similar to traditional Invisalign but customized for the unique needs of our teen patients. With a series of clear, removable plastic aligner trays, patients can straighten their teeth invisibly, without worrying about noticeable braces in pictures or social situations.
Patients must wear their aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure successful treatment. Invisalign aligners are comfortable and discreet, and you may even forget you’re wearing them after a while.
Benefits of Invisalign Teen
There are several advantages to Invisalign Teen that makes them the superior treatment option to metal braces. Benefits of this orthodontic treatment include:
- No Dietary Restrictions: Invisalign Teen’s removable trays allow you to enjoy the foods you love without risking damage to your orthodontics and extending your treatment time.
- No Extracurricular Restrictions: If you play an instrument or sport, you’ll simply remove your Invisalign Teen trays and perform the way you always have.
- Discreet Appearance: Aligners are virtually invisible, allowing you to achieve straighter teeth without sacrificing your beautiful smile.
- Shorter Treatment Time: Invisalign can straighten your teeth in half the time of traditional metal braces.
- Convenience: Invisalign aligners can be removed for meals and cleanings, making them a convenient option that can help improve your oral health.
Who’s a Candidate for Invisalign Teen?
Dr. Bixler may recommend Invisalign Teen to patients suffering from:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Open bites
- Teeth gaps
- Malocclusion (bad bite)
Patients will typically need to have all of their adult teeth to qualify for Invisalign Teen. Schedule an appointment with our Churubusco dentist to see if you’re an ideal candidate for Invisalign.
The Invisalign Teen Process
Creating Your Aligners
You’ll first attend a consultation with Dr. Bixler where he’ll assess your oral health and determine if you’re an ideal candidate for Invisalign Teen. He’ll then take digital impressions of your mouth to use as blueprints in creating your customized aligners.
Wearing Your Aligners
Invisalign Teen trays have a blue-dot indicator on each aligner. When you wear your aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day, the blue dot will fade to clear to let you know when it’s time for the next set of aligners.
You’ll visit our Churubusco office every six weeks to receive your next set of aligners. Invisalign Teen comes with an increased number of aligners, which will be determined based on your oral health needs.
Each series of aligners will be worn for two weeks at a time. During this time, it’s important to remove your aligners for meals and proper cleaning. This is essential to ensure a successful treatment.
Caring For Your Aligners
Whenever you remove your aligners, it’s important to clean them before placing them back in your mouth. When not in use, aligners should be stored in their trays to prevent the collection of airborne bacteria.
Cleaning your aligners is as easy as using a gentle-formula toothpaste or Invisalign Cleaning Crystals at least once daily. Using hot water or mouthwash to clean your aligners may cause damage to them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen?
There are a few differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, such as:
- Blue Dot Indicator: Every set of Invisalign Teen features a blue dot indicator on the back so parents can ensure their teens are wearing their aligners for the required length of time.
- Crafted For a Growing Mouth: While Invisalign Teen isn’t for patients without their adult teeth, they’re designed to accommodate growing oral compositions.
- Number of Aligners: Invisalign Teen comes with more aligners than the regular Invisalign treatment in case your teen misplaces or damages an aligner.
How old do you need to be for Invisalign Teen?
Patients must have all of their adult teeth to be eligible for Invisalign Teen with the exception of their wisdom teeth. Typically, most patients begin this treatment when they’re 14 years old. Patients 12 years old or younger usually don’t qualify for Invisalign Teen.
We recommend scheduling a consultation with our expert dentist Dr. Bixler at our Churubusco office to discover if your child is eligible for this orthodontic treatment.
Can I remove my braces and get Invisalign Teen?
Depending on a patient’s oral health and current situation, they may be eligible to remove their braces early and begin treatment with Invisalign Teen. This depends heavily on their orthodontic condition. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bixler by calling (260) 693-9300 to discover if removing your braces will be a safe and ideal option for your teen.
Discreetly Straighten Your Smile With Invisalign Teen
Invisalign Teen is a discreet, comfortable way to straighten teeth without the hassle of metal brackets. To learn if your teen qualifies for this revolutionary orthodontic treatment, contact our Churubusco office today at (260) 693-9300. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our convenient contact form. Turtle Town Dental is proud to provide dental treatments to patients from Churubusco, Albion, Columbia City, Avilla, Kendallville, Garrett, and Ligonier, IN.