invisalign® Teen in Lexington, KY

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What is Invisalign Teen?

Teens with complex orthodontic conditions such as crooked teeth, overbite, teeth crowding, or gap issues are great candidates for Invisalign Teen. Just like the adult version, Invisalign Teen can safely and effectively correct the position and alignement of teeth in an average of 1 – 2 years. At Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign, we also offer Propel's VPro5 to enhance treatment and cut Invisalign Teen treatment time by half in many cases. Invisalign Teen is especially helpful for teens who are active in sports or the performing arts, since metal braces can be dangerous during contact sports or make it more difficult to play a musical instrument. If your son or daughter is anxious about metal braces, come visit us at one of our Kentucky locations today for a free consultation. Our talented orthodontists will take their time to answer all your questions and discuss all the benefits of Invisalign Teen.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign Teen?

Metal braces can be uncomfortable and make it difficult for teenagers to feel confident about their smiles. Dr. Durbin helps teens look and feel their best by providing a comprehensive treatment plan — without metal wires and brackets. Benefits of Invisalign Teen include:

  • Clear aligners: Invisalign Teen uses aligners that are nearly invisible when worn, which allows your teen to feel better about smiling in social situations.
  • Comfort: Aligners are made of a smooth plastic material that does not irritate the gums or cheeks.
  • Flexibility: Aligners can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, playing sports, and any other activities your teen enjoys.
  • No tightening: Traditional braces require regular visits to the orthodontist for painful adjustments. With Invisalign Teen, no tightening is required — only a change to the next set of aligners.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Invisalign Teen?

Teenagers with conditions like crooked teeth, an overbite, crowded teeth, or gaps are good candidates for Invisalign Teen and Propel VPro5 at Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign. These aligners are especially valuable for teenagers who are active in athletics or the arts. Metal braces can be harmful during contact sports or can even make it challenging to play an instrument. Dr. Durbin will complete a thorough assessment and discuss all orthodontic treatments that may be ideal for your child.

What Makes Invisalign Teen Different?

Many of our patient's parents are wary of allowing their teen to have the responsibility of expensive aligners for their orthodontic treatment. It's a huge investment in time and money, but Dr. Durbin is aware of these factors when it comes to teenage patients. Invisalign Teen has 3 excellent features that will help ensure your teen will end up with the beautifully straight smile:

  • Compliance indicators: The aligners have a spot on the back part of the appliance that wears off with use. Dr. Durbin will be able to tell if your teen is not wearing their aligners long enough or even if he or she is not wearing them at all. This will help keep the teens accountable for wearing the product 20 – 22 hours a day, and keep their treatment on schedule. Non-compliance issues mean the teen will be in treatment longer.
  • Eruption tabs: The makers of Invisalign Teen understand that not all our teen patients will have in their final molars or "wisdom teeth." They have made the product with eruption tabs to leave space for the final molars so that they can grow in the right place without overcrowding the other teeth. Regular Invisalign does not come with this feature.
  • Extra replacement aligners: We plan for mishaps and lost aligners by building 6 replacement aligners into your teen's treatment plan. Accidents happen and we all misplace things from time to time. Keeping this in mind, we are just a call and an office visit away from a replacement.

During an Invisalign Teen consultation, Dr. Durbin will take several images (photographs and X-rays) from different angles of the mouth and make an impression of the upper and lower teeth. Clear, acrylic aligners will then be made from the impressions, which are customized to fit only your teen's mouth.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

You and your teen will attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Durbin to discuss treatment goals, how your teen feels about having an orthodontic appliance, and what will be expected during the correction period (typically 1 – 2 years, but this will vary in each case). The VPro5 acceleration device will also be discussed as well. Typically, teen patients visit our office every 2 – 4 weeks for their new aligners. Your teen will have regular check-ups with our office to make adjustments as needed, plus to document their progress and compliance. It is important to keep all appointments to ensure proper teeth alignment. If your teen is of driving age, please discuss with our team if he or she is allowed to come to appointments without your company.

What is the Aftercare Process for Invisalign Teen?

Teen patients will have follow-up appointments every 2 – 4 weeks. During this time, Dr. Durbin will replace their aligners, examine their progress, and check for how he or she is doing with compliance. Invisalign Teen has built-in compliance indicators that will show us if your teen is wearing their aligners regularly, or if he or she needs to be wearing them more often. The indicators will help your teen be more accountable with wearing their aligners for the majority of their day (awake and asleep).

Also, keep in mind that your teen will be able to brush and floss without the obstacle of metal braces. Invisalign Teen will need to be removed for eating and it is a good habit to make sure the teeth are clean before the aligners are snapped back into place.

Why Should I Choose Invisalign Teen over Braces?

There can be a lot of pressure put on our teens to have good grades, participate in multiple extracurricular activities and sports at school, maintain friendships, and begin to develop an understanding that their appearance matters to them. Many teens refuse to have orthodontic care because they don't want to wear traditional metal braces. This is unfortunate because we can offer so many different options in orthodontics today. Invisalign Teen in an excellent example of how teens can correct their teeth inconspicuously and go about their normal activities without interruption. Life doesn't have to stop for braces because with Invisalign Teen, your son or daughter can get their best smile with removable, invisable aligners.

Invisalign Teen FAQ

What is the best age to begin Invisalign Teen?

Dr. Durbin recommends waiting until all of your child's baby teeth have fallen out, and they have most of their permanent teeth. Typically, this is around age 12 – 13, but children up to age 18 can benefit from Invisalign Teen.

Are Invisalign Teen clear aligners faster than traditional braces?

Yes, for most patients, Invisalign Teen can be much faster than traditional braces. While braces can often take 18 – 24 months to complete treatment, Invisalign Teen can work within 12 – 24 months and even faster with the Propel VPro5 treatment enhancement.

How long does Invisalign Teen take to straighten teeth?

As mentioned above, many patients can expect their Invisalign Teen teeth straightening treatment to take between 12 — 24 months. If they also opt to include the Propel VPro5 treatment, it can cut their treatment time in half.

Does Invisalign Teen hurt?

No, the Invisalign Teen treatment doesn't hurt. It can make the teeth a little sore as they adjust to a new tray, but this typically goes away as the teeth get used to it.

What happens if my child loses or breaks their Invisalign Teen trays?

Dr. Durbin knows that accidents can happen with an Invisalign Teen tray getting broken or lost. That's why he always adds replacement aligners into your child's treatment program so they can quickly and easily be replaced.

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Call or visit us at any of our Kentucky locations in Georgetown, Lexington, Mount Sterling, Nicholasville, Owingsville, Richmond, and Winchester. Our Orthodontist, Dr. Douglas D. Durbin is highly-trained and experienced with Teen Invisalign. 

Many teens want a picture-perfect smile, but feel uneasy about traditional orthodontics (metal braces, elastics, headgear). At Kentuck Orthontics & Invisalign, we will walk our teenage patients through the process and discuss how Invisalign Teen can accomplish a beautiful and clearly confident smile. Call us today to set up a complimentary consultation.

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