We have four children. They all have beautiful smiles...they do not all have straight teeth. My 15-yr. old daughter has a gap between her Cuspid (canine) and first molar tooth on each side of her mouth. The rest of her teeth are beautifully straight, so you don't even notice it, but she does. And she's mentioned her displeasure with it more than one time. That being said, she is also a Sophomore in high school, and despite what they say, and to her right now, looks really do matter. That means if there is an alternative to traditional braces, that works just as well...she is going to be all-in.
Enter Orthodontic Braces from Invisalign
|Traditional Braces on the Left|
Invisalign on the Right
Invisalign Teen, is an effective straighter for the teeth of both pre-teen and teen children. It is clear, and it is removable (great for brushing & flossing, and no food restrictions!). My daughter would love that it's clear, I love that it is affordable, and would allow her the freedom to live life as she is right now, without the disruption of metal wires, brackets, and the elastic bands found in traditional braces. These aligners would be great for athletic students too, allowing them to play their sport of choice without the worry of mouth trauma or injury.
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Setting the Record Straight (punny, right?)
There is also a myth that the clear braces cost is higher than that of traditional braces. That is not at all true. Just as with braces, Invisalign aligners are covered by most dental insurance policies, and Flexible Spending Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be used for Invisalign as well, meaning you get more bang for your buck.
The Invisalign Teen comes with up to six free replacement aligners too, and each liner has a compliance indicator, or small blue dot, that gradually fades with use. That makes it very easy for you, and for the Orthodontist too, to see when it is time for a replacement aligner to be put into place. That is handy for many reasons, including the fact that it helps eliminate the need for unnecessary, costly, and/or time-consuming Orthodontic visits to have to be scheduled.
The facts are that these clear braces are easy on the eyes (no unsightly appearance), great for self-confidence (they are invisible so tweens and teens won't need to feel self-conscious, and they are working for long-term correction), effective for many different types of Orthodontic challenges, and they are affordable. What's not to love?
Where do I find a Provider?
Not all Orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit this list of Invisalign providers, and once you are there, select 'find a doctor' to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.
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