Invisalign® Teen in Harker Heights, TX

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What Is Invisalign Teen?

It is no secret that teenagers can be particular about their appearance, causing many to feel embarrassed about wearing metal braces. However, this is often an ideal time to address orthodontic concerns. To help Harker Heights, TX adolescents get the straight smiles they desire in a more discreet way, we are pleased to offer the option of Invisalign Teen. Just like the adult version, Invisalign Teen can safely adjust the alignment of a patient's teeth in around 1 – 2 years through a series of removable clear aligners. However, Invisalign Teen has a few unique features, including compliance indicators, eruption tabs, and substitute aligners, to meet the needs of patients in this age group. If your teen requires orthodontic treatment but is worried about the look of metal braces, schedule an appointment with our Invisalign dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights to learn more about this option.

How Is Invisalign Teen Unique?

A number of parents may be hesitant about allowing their teenager to wear removable teeth aligners for their orthodontic treatment. Invisalign Teen includes three specific features that can help your teen stay on track to a straight smile:

  • Compliance Indicators: There is a colored spot on the rear portion of the aligners that fades with use. Our Invisalign dentists will be able to tell if your teen is wearing the aligners as recommended to reach their treatment goals. This feature can help keep teens accountable for using the aligners 20 – 22 hours daily. It is essential for your teenager to know that not wearing the trays as recommended will extend their treatment time.
  • Extra Replacement Aligners: Accidents happen, and we all misplace things from time to time. We plan for mishaps and lost aligners by adding six substitute trays into your teen's treatment plan. Please contact our Harker Heights, TX practice if your teen requires a replacement.
  • Eruption Tabs: Not every patient will have all of their permanent molars when it is time to begin orthodontic care. The makers of Invisalign account for this and have added eruption tabs to the aligners that makes space for the last molars. This feature can allow the molars to emerge in the right place without crowding the other teeth.

Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign Teen?

Adolescent patients who have orthodontic conditions, like an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or narrow dental arches, may be good candidates for Invisalign Teen from ACE Dental of Harker Heights. This clear aligner system can also be ideal for addressing crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and gaps between teeth. Invisalign Teen can be especially beneficial for younger patients who are active in sports or the arts. Metal braces may be dangerous during contact sports or can make it challenging to play a musical instrument. Teenagers who feel anxious about wearing metal brackets and wires may also be good candidates for this discreet treatment option.

The Treatment Process

Our Invisalign dentists will perform a comprehensive assessment and explain the orthodontic treatments that might be ideal for your son or daughter. During this visit, we will discuss treatment goals, how they feel about wearing clear aligners, and what to expect during the process. To start the treatment, we will take iTero digital impressions of your teen's mouth, which the Invisalign lab will use to custom-create a series of clear teeth aligners. When the trays arrive in our office, we will schedule your teen to return to try in the first set and receive instructions for care. Your teen should wear their aligners for 20 – 22 hours each day and only remove them before eating and drinking or when they need to brush or floss.

Following Orthodontic Treatment

Follow-up appointments will generally be scheduled every 2 – 4 weeks for your teen. At these visits, our Invisalign dentists will monitor their progress and check the compliance indicator dots on their current set of trays. While your teenager will have the ability to floss and brush without the obstacle of braces, they will still need to keep up with good oral hygiene habits each day. Treatment timing will vary among patients but generally ranges from 1 – 2 years. When your teen's Invisalign treatment is complete, we will once again take iTero impressions to create Invisalign Vivera® retainers, which are made of the same clear material as aligner trays. Wearing these retainers as directed can help maintain your teen's treatment results as their jaw continues to develop.

Is Invisalign Teen Covered by Insurance?

If your teenager has orthodontic coverage under their dental insurance plan, a portion of the Invisalign Teen treatment process might be covered. Our staff can contact your provider to learn about these benefits before calculating any out-of-pocket costs. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, we proudly accept a number of convenient payment options and can help you explore flexible payment options for your family's care, including special patient financing.

A Discreet Orthodontic Treatment for Teens

While many teens wish for a straighter smile, they may feel uncomfortable about wearing traditional orthodontics, like metal braces. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, we are thrilled to offer the discreet option of Invisalign Teen to help younger patients achieve a stunning and healthy smile. Contact our office in Harker Heights, TX to schedule a consultation with our Invisalign dentists, and learn if this option is right for your teen!

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