What Is Invisalign Teen?
Teenagers can be quite particular about their physical appearance so conventional metal braces may not be the best orthodontic treatment for them. Our dentists are happy to provide Invisalign Teen for adolescent patients in Copperas Cove, TX. Just like the adult version, Invisalign Teen can safely and effectively adjust the position and alignment of a person's teeth in as little as six months by using removable, clear aligners. Unlike the adult version, Invisalign Teen has compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and replacement aligners (more on that in the next section). If your teenager is anxious about metal braces, then schedule a consultation at ACE Dental of Cove in Copperas Cove, TX to get more information on Invisalign Teen.
About Invisalign Teen
What sets Invisalign Teen apart from Invisalign? A number of our patients are wary of giving their teenager responsibility for costly aligners during their orthodontic therapy. It's a big investment in time and money, and our dental team is understanding of these factors with teenage patients. Invisalign Teen has three excellent features that ensure your adolescent ends up with a beautiful, straight smile:
- Compliance indicators: There is a spot on the rear part of the aligners that fades with usage. A member of our experienced dental team will have the ability to tell if your teenager isn't wearing the aligners enough or if he or she is wearing them at all. This will keep the younger patients accountable for using their aligners 20 – 22 hours daily and keep them on schedule. Non-compliance problems mean your teen will be in treatment for a prolonged amount of time.
- Eruption tabs: The makers of Invisalign Teen understand that not all of our teen patients may have in their last molars or "wisdom teeth." They've designed the aligners to have eruption tabs to leave space for the last molars. This is so that they can develop in the proper place without crowding the other teeth. The standard Invisalign doesn't have this feature.
- Extra replacement aligners: We expect mishaps and lost aligners by adding six substitute aligners to your teen's treatment plan. Accidents happen and we can misplace items sometimes so contact our office in Copperas Cove, TX in the event you have any issues or require a replacement aligner.
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"I was in so much pain walking into my appointment this morning but the staff and Dr.Kim were kind and helped me find a solution that was cost effective and eliminated my dental issue. I highly recommend this office and will be back for any and all of my future dental needs. Thanks again!"- B.N. / Google / Aug 25, 2021
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Should I Get Invisalign Teen For My Child?
Younger patients with complex orthodontic conditions, such as crooked teeth, teeth crowding, gaps, or narrow arches, are great candidates for Invisalign Teen at ACE Dental of Cove. Invisalign Teen can also treat dental malocclusions, such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. It is especially helpful for teenagers who are active in sports or the performing arts. Metal braces can be harmful during contact sports or can make it challenging to play an instrument. If your teen wants to avoid the pain and look of traditional metal braces, Invisalign Teen is a great option. Our dentists will conduct a comprehensive assessment and explain all of the orthodontic treatments that might work for your son or daughter.
What to Expect With Invisalign Teen
Your teenager will attend a consultative appointment with our dentists to discuss treatment objectives, how they feel about having an orthodontic appliance, and what's to be expected throughout the treatment period (normally 1 – 2 years, but this may vary with each patient). To start the treatment, our dentists will need multiple x-rays from various angles and to take impressions of their upper and lower teeth. Clear, acrylic aligners will be produced from the impressions, which can be customized to fit your teenager's teeth.
Follow-Up After Invisalign Teen
Teen patients will have follow-up visits every 2 – 4 weeks during the treatment period. During these visits, a member of our dental team will substitute their aligners, examine their improvement, and check how well they are using them. Your teen will be able to brush and floss without the barrier of braces. Invisalign Teen will have to be taken out before eating, and it's a good habit to ensure the teeth are clean before the aligners are snapped back into position.
Insurance Coverage For Invisalign Teen
Orthodontic treatments, like Invisalign Teen, may be covered in part by your dental insurance. Our staff can get in touch with your insurer to better understand your benefits and figure out if you will have any remaining costs. If you are not using insurance, a member of our dental team can go over the payment methods we accept, including low-interest financing.
Most teenagers would like a picture-perfect smile; however, they may feel uneasy about conventional metal braces. At ACE Dental of Cove, we'll walk our teenage patients through the treatment and talk about how Invisalign Teen could help them attain a beautiful and confident smile. Contact our office in Copperas Cove, TX today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
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