Invisalign® Teen in Atlanta, GA
Patel & Womble Orthodontics near Atlanta is happy to provide Invisalign® Teen at our McDonough and Norcross offices. Board-certified orthodontists Dr. Ruchir R. Patel and Dr. Brian A. Womble are Preferred Invisalign® Teen Providers and offer the comprehensive braces for teens as an alternative to metal braces.
What Is Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign® Teen is a clear braces option that’s similar to Adult Invisalign®. The removable aligners gradually bring teeth into alignment without the need for traditional braces. However, the teen version of Invisalign® has a few interesting twists!
Like traditional Invisalign® aligners, Invisalign® Teen is completely clear except for small wear indicators toward the back of the aligner. These small blue dots show you if your teen is wearing their aligners properly, and if it’s time to change them out.
Another benefit of Invisalign® Teen is that a limited number of replacement aligners are built into the cost of your teen’s braces. After all, teens have active social lives and misplacing aligners at school or sporting events happens more often than you might think.
What Can I Expect from Invisalign® Teen?
Your teen will wear his or her Invisalign® Teen aligners for two weeks, changing them out with the next set to progress their tooth movement. The aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day, giving your teen just enough time to remove their braces to eat, brush and floss. The smooth design prevents discomfort that some people associate with traditional braces.
Is Invisalign® Teen Right for Me?
Invisalign® Teen can correct a number of common problems including:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked or protruding teeth
Is Invisalign® as Effective as Traditional Braces?
Absolutely. Invisalign® Teen works just like other types of braces for teens. However, it is very important that your teen follows home care instructions properly. Forgetting to wear their aligners or put them back in after meals can cause a relapse or a delay in treatment.
What Are Some of the Practical Advantages of Invisalign® Teen Over Traditional Braces?
If your teen plays sports, is in the school band or is worried about how difficult it will be to eat with braces, Invisalign® Teen is an excellent way to straighten their teeth. Most teens find it frustrating having to deal with dietary limitations when wearing braces, but Invisalign® Teen can be taken out during every meal. Plus, there’s no need to purchase extra tools or aids to keep their teeth clean, just brush and floss as normal! Since teens are usually not as dedicated to their oral hygiene as most parents or dentists would like, Invisalign® Teen makes it easier to keep their smile healthy during orthodontic treatment.
The smooth, clear design of Invisalign® Teen means your son or daughter can straighten their teeth without anyone else knowing that they’re wearing braces.
Are There Any Emotional Concerns to Consider?
Getting braces can make some teens feel a bit embarrassed or unsure of themselves. Add to that the fact that fixed orthodontics can impact your speech, and the adjustment may be difficult for some teenagers. Fortunately, clear aligners make it feel as if your teen isn’t wearing braces at all.
How Long Does Invisalign® Teen Treatment Take?
Wearing aligners as directed will ensure that your teen’s Invisalign® Teen treatment goes as quickly as possible. During your teen’s consultation, Dr. Patel or Dr. Womble can give you a close estimate as to how long the process should take. Many people see full results in just 12 months.
Does My Teen Have to Wear Invisalign® All the Time?
It’s important that clear aligners are worn at all times, except during meals or oral hygiene. Unnecessary time without the aligners can cause a delay in tooth movement. If your teen is involved in athletics and wears a mouth guard, we may need to fit the mouth guard in a way that prevents tooth relapse or where the aligners can be worn underneath.
What Happens If an Aligner Gets Lost?
Patel & Womble Orthodontics provides Invisalign® Teen patients with a limited number of replacement aligners for the cases when one is accidentally misplaced or lost, be it at summer camp or at a ball game.
How Much Time Will Be Spent Visiting the Orthodontist?
Invisalign® patients have fewer, shorter visits to our Atlanta orthodontist office because there are no adjustments necessary. We just need to perform a quick 10 or 15-minute check every six to eight weeks. Several sets of aligners are sent home with your teen at each visit.
How Much Does Invisalign® Teen Cost in Atlanta?
The price of Invisalign® Teen braces in Atlanta, Norcross and McDonough is comparable to other types of braces for teens. Affording braces may simply be a matter of working with your insurance plan and budgeting affordable monthly payments through dental financing providers, such as CareCredit® or OrthoFi. You can get an accurate price estimate for Invisalign® Teen at the time of your consultation with our orthodontists.
Who Is Eligible for Invisalign® Teen?
Contact Patel & Womble Orthodontics to schedule a consultation at our McDonough or Norcross office. Invisalign® Teen providers, Dr. Ruchir R. Patel and Dr. Brian A. Womble, can help you and your teen decide if Invisalign® is the best teen braces option for your needs. We’re open on Saturdays with flexible, 0% interest financing plans available. Contact us today!