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.
Invisalign® Teen Reviews
"My son just finished his treatment and we couldn't be more satisfied. They offered Invisalign which turned out to be a superior method: less discomfort, less eating hindrance, less office time... Drs Durbin and Garner gave him excellent treatment and care above expectations. Beyond this, the rest the of the office staff were friendly and competent. We will certainly be recommending this office to all our friends and neighbors."- L.P. / Google / Mar 21, 2018
"They are awesome at what they do! Everyone is friendly. Really a great place to go if you need orthodontic work"- C.S. / Google / Mar 27, 2018
"The staff are wonderful and made us feel comfo... - The staff are wonderful and made us feel comfortable from the minute we walked in!"- K.D. / SmileReminder / Oct 23, 2016
"Dr. Durbin is very informative and friendly - Dr. Durbin is very informative and friendly. Explains everything and has his patients best interests at heart. Very satisfied."- V.F. / SmileReminder / Jul 07, 2015
"Our family met Dr Durbin at our first consult and he was able to relate to my 15 year old son and ... - Our family met Dr Durbin at our first consult and he was able to relate to my 15 year old son and us as parents in our own situation. Dr Durbin nailed it and came up with an option we were all excited about! Thank You for taking time and making us feel so important!!!"- C.R. / SmileReminder / Jan 22, 2016
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.
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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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