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Invisalign for Teens: Facts for Parents

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As a parent, you want to provide your teens with the best possible care and support. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, Invisalign for teens is an excellent option that can help give them the straight smile they’ve always wanted without having to wear traditional metal braces.

Invisalign® clear aligners offer several advantages over other treatments including being almost invisible so no one has to know your teen is wearing them.

In this article, we will go over some facts about Invisalign Teen that parents should know before deciding whether or not this type of orthodontic treatment is suitable for their child.

Invisalign Treatment: Uncover The Facts

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1. Invisalign Teen is a virtually invisible clear aligner system designed specifically to fit the needs of teenage patients.

2. The treatment time with Invisalign can be significantly shorter than with traditional braces, and it’s also much more comfortable and hygienic as well.

3. Teens can remove their Invisalign clear aligners when needed, making eating and playing sports easier than ever before.

4. With its discreet design, teens won’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed or self-conscious during their teeth straightening treatment!

5. Less appointments/time out of school! Because of Dental Monitoring / Virtual Care

Invisalign for Teens — How Does It Work?


The Invisalign Teen treatment is an increasingly popular orthodontic alternative for teens.

How does it work though? Well, by using a series of custom-made, clear aligners that are designed to gently and gradually move teeth into their desired position.

Each set of Invisalign Teen aligners is worn for about a week and then replaced with the next set in the series. This process means that teens don’t have to worry about the hassle of conventional metal braces, as they can easily remove their aligners when eating or brushing their teeth.

When considering Invisalign for your teen, it’s important to understand how long treatment typically takes. Depending on the severity and how closely the instructions of the orthodontist are followed, most patients can expect to wear the Invisalign Teen braces for as little as twelve months to fully correct teeth alignment. However, some cases can take more or less time depending on what needs to be rectified.

It’s important to also note that Invisalign isn’t suitable for all types of orthodontic issues — it’s best used in mild-to-moderate correction cases and may not be appropriate if more complex interventions are needed.

Overall though, Invisalign is a great option for teens looking for an alternative solution. With its near invisibility and customised fit, teens can have confidence knowing they’re getting an effective orthodontic treatment. All done while maintaining their day-to-day routine with minimum disruption because of their braces.

Invisalign for Teenagers: How Do You Know if The Aligners Are Worn?

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More often than not, parents of teens who have opted for Invisalign treatment are concerned about the ease with which the aligners can be removed and if their children are following their treatment plan.

We find most teenagers really ‘buy-in’ to the Invisalign process and compliance is not a major issue, but there are a few signs you can check for to make sure they’re being worn and used as prescribed.

First of all, the Invisalign clear aligners have an option to add discreet colour indicators that show exactly how long the aligners are worn. These blue wear indicators fade over time allowing you to easily check if your teenager is wearing them as per the 20-22 hours per day requirement.

Another way for you to check if your teen is wearing their removable aligners correctly is by looking at their teeth and the fit of the clear aligner. For instance, every few weeks you should notice a gradual improvement in the alignment of their teeth as the Invisalign treatment progresses and there should be no gaps between the aligner and the tooth.

If there seem to be no changes or you even notice a regression in tooth movement, it could indicate that the aligners aren’t being worn as directed and need adjustment from an orthodontist.

Using the Dental Monitoring and Invisalign Virtual Care Apps, we will check the aligner fit and tooth progress remotely at each stage. Using the latest technology, we can identify immediately when treatment is going off course and will contact you to discuss the options to get back on track.

Overall, it’s important to stay vigilant and make sure your teen is using and wearing their aligners correctly throughout the entire process.

Benefits to Parents

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Parents may be hesitant to pursue orthodontic treatment for their teens, but Invisalign® offers a variety of benefits that make it a great option. Let’s see what these are:

The aligners are removable and can be taken out for eating or cleaning, which makes oral hygiene easier than with conventional braces.

Because they’re custom-made for each patient and can be changed out every week as needed, they generally require fewer orthodontist visits than traditional braces.

Since there are no wires or brackets involved in Invisalign treatment—just smooth plastic aligners—there’s less risk of mouth irritation or other problems caused by metal brackets rubbing against gums and other sensitive areas of the mouth.

It can take less time to complete than traditional orthodontic treatments so teens may not need to deal with braces for a long period of time.

Perfect for parents and teens who have a lot on. With Invisalign Teen, there are generally less need for orthodontic appointments compared to other options.

Very few emergency appointments are necessary, compared to traditional braces which can need immediate interventions for breakages and loose wires.

With the iTero 3D scan, teenagers can accurately see the expected results of the treatment.

Invisalign for Teens — Opportunities in Scotland

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As a Diamond Invisalign provider, Park Orthodontics is proud to be one of the few clinics in Scotland that offers opportunities for teens to benefit from this treatment.

Our orthodontists are ready to take 3D scans of your teen’s teeth so that a customised plan can be created specifically for their smile. Having a detailed plan and a clear view of the final result with the aid of the 3D scan, your teen can be confident that they will have the smile of their dreams.

We also have several finance options available to suit your requirements. More on this can be found at the end of this section!

Bonus Material: Learn more about Invisalign treatment cost and finance options here.

Invisalign for Teens: Final Verdict

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Invisalign treatment for teens is an effective and convenient way to straighten teeth and improve their overall health. Parents should consult with a qualified orthodontist to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, as well as any potential risks associated with this type of treatment.

With proper guidance from professionals, parents can make informed decisions regarding dental care that will help ensure their teen’s oral health now and in the future.

If you are considering Invisalign treatment for your teen, reach out to us today — our team of experts would love to discuss a customised plan that meets both your needs and expectations!

Request Your Free Smile Evaluation

We hope our latest article has clearly explained how Invisalign works and that you are more confident to make the first step toward your new smile.

As an Invisalign Diamond Provider, we are determined to help you rediscover your smile in a pain-free and comfortable way. Our dedication to patient treatment propelled us to number one in Glasgow, the top three specialist providers of Invisalign in Scotland, and the top 5% in Europe!

This is why you can request a free smile evaluation that won’t take you longer than 30 seconds to complete and receive personalised advice from our team shortly after.

Start your journey to a more confident you today!

Dr Andrew McGregor

Dr Andrew McGregor

Andrew completed his three years of orthodontic specialist training in 2010 gaining his Masters degree and Membership in Orthodontics and has worked at Park Orthodontics since then. As an orthodontic specialist he has treated thousands of patients ranging from simple bite correction in children to complex smile and bite makeovers in adults. Andrew is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scottish Orthodontic Specialists Group and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society.

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