Invisalign. You’ve seen the ads, and your teen may even be asking you for clear braces, but what are they and do they work? As one of three certified Invisalign Teen providers in your area, Dr. Leiker is happy to answer your questions about Invisalign for teens. To have Dr. Leiker personally take a look at your teen’s teeth, you can visit our office in The Woodlands, TX or our location in Conroe, TX.
- What is Invisalign?
- What is the cost of Invisalign?
- Is Invisalign right for my teen?
What is Invisalign?
We all remember what being a teenager felt like, like everyone is constantly looking at you, just waiting for you to wear the wrong shoes, say the wrong thing, or show up at school in braces.
Invisalign Teen uses clear, removable trays to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisalign is a popular choice for teens and adults who want a beautiful smile but don’t like the look of traditional metal braces. Clear braces can help beautify your teen’s smile without damaging their self-esteem in the meantime.
What is the cost of Invisalign?
Our office does all we can to match your teen’s Invisalign treatment care to the same cost you’d experience with traditional metal braces. Invisalign braces generally require fewer office visits than traditional braces do. Dr. Leiker is an orthodontist who received masters training in Invisalign diagnosing and treatment planning. That means he can often create a more accurate plan that will shorten your teen’s treatment time than they might receive from dentists without this additional education. He backs every smile with a lifetime guarantee.
As a certified Invisalign Teen provider and an orthodontist with advanced training in Invisalign treatment, Dr. Leiker is the right choice for your teen’s Invisalign care. He also treats adults, if you want to join the thousands of Americans who choose to improve their smiles every year.
Is Invisalign right for my teen?
An exam by Dr. Leiker can tell you whether or not Invisalign is right for your teen. Invisalign is a particularly good choice for teens who are active in sports or play an instrument traditional braces might interfere with. Invisalign trays are removable, so your teen can take them out when they need to. Don’t worry — if your teen removes their tray and loses it, we offer a few replacement trays at no additional cost.
Removable trays also make it easier for your busy teen to floss and brush their teeth, so they’re more likely to keep up with their oral hygiene while wearing braces. You wouldn’t want your teen to suffer the disappointment of finally getting their braces off only to reveal perfectly straight teeth that are stained and discolored from poor care.
Dr. Leiker and our team will work with Invisalign to create a 3-D map of your teen’s mouth. Custom Invisalign trays will be created from clear plastic according to your teen’s treatment plan. Your teen’s teeth should make enough progress every two weeks or so to begin a new set of clear trays. To make their dreams of a straight smile a reality, your teen should wear their Invisalign braces 20 or more hours a day.
If after a few months you find that your teen is removing their trays too frequently and not making timely progress with their treatment, Dr. Leiker is happy to place them in traditional metal braces at no additional charge. Most teens are responsible enough to consistently wear their Invisalign braces.
If your teen has orthodontic needs that aren’t well-suited for Invisalign treatment, we do have other types of braces we can fit them in that are also discreet:
- Dr. Leiker has undergone additional training to offer lingual braces that are applied to the back side of your teeth.
- Ceramic braces are designed to blend in with your teeth and use clips instead of brackets to move your teeth into place faster.
Regardless of which treatment plan is best for your teen, it’s important that you get them the orthodontic care they need. The low self-esteem your child develops in high school could plague them well into their adult years, making it harder for them to be a happy, successful grown-up. Teeth that are not treated are also harder to care for and could increase your child’s need for costly dental care as an adult.