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Invisalign Teen – Fitchburg, MA

Straightening Smiles Without the Metal

In today’s image-conscious world, teenagers feel more pressure than ever to maintain their appearance. So, when they’re told they need orthodontic work, it’s likely they will immediately associate those words with an image of themselves wearing a mouth full of metal. At Simply Orthodontics, Dr. Alkhoury understands this can be a devastating reality for some teens, which is why they are proud to offer Invisalign for teens in Fitchburg. This innovative system of clear aligner technology can shift their teeth or bite in the right direction without disrupting their daily appearance. If you think your teen could benefit from Invisalign Teen, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

A young, female teen holding a clear aligner

Invisalign Teen uses clear aligners that are much like traditional Invisalign trays; however, one of the major differences is with Invisalign Teen, they have a small, blue indicator toward the back of the aligner. As your teenager wears them, the blue dot will begin to fade. This will not only help our orthodontists to determine how well they are complying with treatment, but it will also help indicate when your teen should switch to the next aligner set in the series.

In order for the process to work and for there to be no delays in treatment, Invisalign Teen should be worn 20-22 hours a day. The only time the aligners should be removed is when your teen is eating, drinking, or cleaning their trays.

Before you know it, you and your teen will notice a significant difference in the look of their smile, achieving results much quicker than with traditional metal braces.

Who is a Good Candidate?

A young girl preparing to reinsert an Invisalign Teen aligner

Invisalign Teen is a great option for orthodontic treatment if:

  • Your teenager has all of their adult teeth
  • They are suffering from crowded or gapped teeth, crooked teeth, or bite alignment problems
  • They are responsible enough to wear the aligners as instructed

During an initial consultation with Dr. Alkhoury, we will be able to examine your child’s smile to determine the severity of their individual problem. Certain circumstances warrant traditional braces (i.e. jaw problems), but only your child’s orthodontist will be able to give a definitive “yes” or “no” as to whether Invisalign Teen is right for them.

Differences Between Traditional Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

A young male holding an Invisalign aligner

Although the aligners look very much the same, there are a few differences between traditional Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, such as:

  • Invisalign Teen has the ability to move your child’s tooth roots as well as correct alignment problems
  • The aligners used for Invisalign Teen have small indicators on them. This helps your teen remember when to swap out their trays. Traditional Invisalign relies on the individual being responsible for remembering when to make the switch.
  • If your teen still has growing teeth, Invisalign Teen can be a great solution.