Invisalign and Invisalign Teen Questions and Answers
Dr. Anna Berik, one of Boston’s Top Cosmetic Dentists and owner of Newton Dental Associates, Diamond Smile Design and Greater Boston Invisible Braces answers questions that patients frequently ask about Invisalign.
Dr. Berik is an Invisalign Premier Provider as well a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She received her dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is trained in oral sedation, Invisalign orthodontic treatments, full mouth restoration, sleep medicine and advanced training in Esthetic Dentistry.
Q: WHY IS INVISALIGN AND/OR INVISALIGN TEEN BETTER THAN REGULAR BRACES?
A: Because it straightens teeth so effectively, Invisalign is a popular choice among the active lifestyles of adults and teens.
It fits busy lifestyles, It’s removable, It’s comfortable.
- Patients that are undergoing treatment for Invisalign Aligners are able to continue with their favorite activities because they are so durable and comfortable. Activities like playing musical instruments or taking part in sports are much easier opposed to metal braces.
- It looks great.
- Invisalign’s near-‐invisibility is still one of the most popular features for teens and adults alike; treatment is very inconspicuous, making it easier to “fit in” rather than call attention to treatment.
- Because you can take our your aligners to brush and floss, patients are able to continue with their normal, oral hygiene during the treatment.
- Remove your Invisalign Aligners whenever you feel the need and don’t be held back by any forbidden foods.
- All of our aligners are custom-made with a lightweight plastic to fit each patient’s mouth.
- There are no wires or uncomfortable metal brackets poking or tearing into the mouths or gums of patients.
Q: HOW DOES INVISALIGN/INVISALIGN TEEN WORK?
A: With Invisalign, a number of clear, removable aligners are used to progressively straighten teeth. No metal or wires required! We start off by taking detailed molds of the patient’s teeth and track the progress with 3D computer imaging technology. Teens will wear each set of aligners for two weeks until the desired position is achieved.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INVISALIGN AND INVISALIGN TEEN?
A: While the treatment benefits and technology are relatively the same, Invisalign Teen was designed with the intentions of meeting the unique needs of teenagers. Some of the teen features include blue Compliance Indicators, that will fade the longer the aligners are worn and Eruption Tabs are used to accommodate the secondary molars.
Q: HOW LONG HAS THE INVISALIGN/INVISALIGN TEEN PRODUCT BEEN AVAILABLE? WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE?
A: Invisalign was introduced to adults in 1998 while Invisalign Teen was made available in the summer of 2008. For almost two million patients, Invisalign has been the top orthodontic choice.
Q: TEENS TEND TO BE FORGETFUL, WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY LOSE ALIGNERS?
A: Invisalign Teen provides up to six replacement aligners for teen patients. When an aligner is broken or lost, the dentist will recommend to begin wearing either their last or next set of aligners ASAP. Typically, replacement aligners will arrive in a week.
Q: IS INVISALIGN/INVISALIGN TEEN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES?
A: Much like braces, Invisalign is worn to straighten your teeth, but is the treatment of choice by almost two million patients.
Q: ONCE THE TREATMENT IS COMPLETE, ARE THE RESULTS OF INVISALIGN PERMANENT?
A: Like wire and bracket braces, we recommend that our patients complete their treatment by using retainers. Fight relapse by using Align’s Vivera retainers that have a similar feel and look as the aligners.
Q: WHEN IS A TEEN ELIGIBLE FOR INVISALIGN TEEN? IS THERE A MINIMAL AGE (12 & UP – ONCE ALL ADULT TEETH ARE IN)?
A: Invisalign Teen is used by patients that have lost all of their baby teeth and have second molars coming in.
Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE A CANDIDATE FOR INVISALIGN/INVISALIGN TEEN?
A: Invisalign AND Invisalign Teen are appropriate for adults, teens and young adults, respectively.
Q: HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT USING INVISALIGN TAKE?
A: Depending on the severity of the case will determine how long your treatment will be. In most cases, Invisalign treatments are finished within one year.
Q: DOES INVISALIGN TEEN COST MORE THAN METAL BRACES?
A: Much like the length of treatment, the cost will depend on the severity of the case. Pricing is usually similar to traditional braces and is typically covered by insurance.
Q: ARE THERE ANY HYGIENE BENEFITS WITH INVISALIGN? FOR EXAMPLE, IS IT EASIER TO FLOSS PROPERLY?
A: Yes! Because Invisalign Aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, teens are able to continue with normal, oral hygiene.
Q: WHAT MATERIAL ARE THE ALIGNERS MADE OF? ARE THEY COMFORTABLE?
A: Our aligners are made from a lightweight, BPA-free plastic material that is custom fit for the patient’s mouth. There is some occasional discomfort from the tight fit of a new set of aligners, but there isn’t a constant irritation like metal braces.
Q: WHAT TYPES OF CASES CAN INVISALIGN OR INVISALIGN TEEN TREAT?
A: Invisalign Aligners have been effectively used to treat various imperfections like over and under bites, crowding and more.
Q: HOW CAN A PARENT BE SURE THAT THEIR TEEN IS GOING TO WEAR THE ALIGNER AS THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO?
A: To ensure that the Invisalign Aligner treatment is successful, patient obedience is important. For the treatment to effectively work, we recommend that you wear your aligners for 20-2 hours/day. Our Invisalign Teen product includes a Compliance Indicator that fades as the teen wears them. This allow the patient, parent or doctor to get an understanding of how long they were worn for.