Can Teens Benefit from Invisalign?

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Our patients make inquiries each day about Invisalign. Even though the alignment system is more than 20 years old; it remains one of our most requested treatments.

When Invisalign premiered, patients were eager to try the clear removable orthodontic treatment that had no wires or food restrictions. Unfortunately, teenagers the patients with the strongest interest in Invisalign could not use the system. When Invisalign first arrived, it was not suitable for younger patients. The aligner trays had no way to accommodate growing jaws or erupting molars.

After some time passed, makers of Invisalign, Align Technology, developed the Invisalign Teen system. The aligner trays expand to allow for jaw growth and have tabs to accommodate molars. Additionally, Invisalign Teen comes with a compliance indicator to help monitor the amount of time the patient uses the aligners. To get optimal results in the shortest amount of time possible, a patient must wear the alignment trays between 20-22 hours each day. In a perfect world, this would be a simple task, but in the midst of a busy day, we know it is easy to get sidetracked or forget the aligners. To help keep patients on track, a small blue dot measures how long a patient wears the alignment tray. The dot wears away as the Invisalign tray spends time in use. When the time comes to switch trays, the dot is gone from the tray if worn properly. These adaptations to the original Invisalign system make it ideal for teens as well as for adults.

When you visit our office for Invisalign Teen, you are in good hands. Our dentist has extensive training with Invisalign and serves on Align Technology’s panel of expert dentists helping advise the company. Our San Francisco dentist has years of training in various orthodontic treatments including Invisalign.

If your teen is interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact our scheduling staff for a consultation appointment. This is a no-obligation visit to help you and your teen understand the Invisalign system.

Steps in Getting Invisalign

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In 1998, our San Francisco dentist began sharing the advanced technology of Invisalign with our patients. As one of the first in the area to become a certified by Invisalign’s creator, our dentist is an expert in Invisalign treatment. Since that time, countless patients trusted our dentist to guide them through the Invisalign process.

Getting Invisalign is straightforward, but it does involve a few steps.

• Consultation-
During your no-obligation consultation with our dentist, you can ask questions and find out more about the Invisalign treatment system. At the same time, our Invisalign dentist in San Francisco will evaluate you to be sure that this is the best orthodontic treatment for your teeth. You will also discuss what you can expect going forward with Invisalign.

• Impressions and Registrations-
To create your care plan, our dentist will take optical impressions of your teeth. These go to the Invisalign lab, where they are the basis for your alignment trays. At this time our dentist also takes what is called a bite registration. This is an image of how your teeth fit together. It is valuable information which will help guide your care plan. Your information then goes to Invisalign where they create your custom aligners.

• Getting Your Invisalign Alignment Trays-
In approximately 4-6 weeks your aligners are complete and ready for you to wear. While the exact number of trays depends on individual circumstances, most patients receive between 20-30 sets of upper and lower aligners, although 25 is the average number of aligner trays for most patients.

• Fitting and Instructions-
Our dentist will give you the first alignment tray while you are in the office. This helps him be sure that the fit is correct and that you are comfortable with the trays. You will also get written instructions regarding the care and use of your Invisalign aligners. Our dentist will also attach tiny tooth colored buttons to several of your teeth. These align with small holes in the alignment trays and help to keep aligners securely attached.

You will visit our office periodically for quick check-ups and your newest alignment trays. If you have any questions about any aspect of your Invisalign treatment, do not hesitate to contact our office.

How Long Does Invisalign Express Take 

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At this point, everyone has heard of or seen transparent aligners. But now it’s gone one step further with Invisalign Express. This is a short-duration orthodontic treatment in which a clear aligner is specifically molded to fit a person’s mouth. It’s perfect for those with minor crowding or spacial issues. Where the traditional Invisalign uses 20-30 aligners, Express only has 10. On average, this lasts nearly six months. Of course they must be worn nearly all hours of the day, as the process is expedited.  

Not many can compete with what a Rocklin orthodontist provides. And believing in Invisalign brings patients one step closer to straight and immaculate teeth. The fact that they are easy to remove also promotes better hygiene. The idea behind is to push continuously to straighten and adjust teeth.  This is for simpler orthodontic procedures, though. But if it is an option, then what luck. People have been able to cut down the treatment time astronomically. It is suggested that people ensure they are candidates for the express version. This means that there is less than 2mm of spacing or crowding happening, that there is minimal rotation, and finally, that there’s less than 2mm of midline correction necessary.

Will I Get Cavities with Invisalign?

Aligners Focus - 1There are several factors one must consider when choosing an orthodontic treatment. Although traditional metal braces are known to be very effective, many patients struggle to keep them clean. As particles build up between brackets, it can be difficult to ensure your teeth are completely free of plaque. Our San Fernando Valley Invisalign dentist will give you the tools you need to align your teeth and maintain a healthy smile.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses virtually invisible aligner trays that fit over your teeth and shift them into place. One of the major advantages of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligner trays before meals. By doing so, you are not forced to restrict your diet in fear of damaging your appliances. After you eat, brush and floss as you would normally do. With traditional braces, some patients experience discoloration surrounding their brackets over time. Invisalign will give you peace of mind in knowing you can fully prevent cavities from forming and keep your teeth sparkly white. It is very simple to take care of your aligner trays, as well. All you have to do is soak them in a dental solution and clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Talk to our doctor about any questions you may have about Invisalign, or to set up an appointment.

Parents of Invisalign Teens

Aligners Focus - 1Invisalign Teen is the successful spinoff of the industry-changing program Invisalign. This program straightens teeth using thermoplastics. The patient wears aligners so clear they’re not noticed at a glance. Teeth are straightened in relative privacy, and without many of the inconveniences of traditional braces.

When it comes to Invisalign Teen, patients need to oversee their child’s usage. Kids are busy, especially teens. Invisalign has a schedule that needs following, and any deviation can slow the straightening process. The aligners are designed to be worn in a certain order, for a certain length of time—usually 2 weeks.

Parents need to make sure their teen wears their aligners for the required 22 hours per day. This means meals and snacks are the only exception. It’s acceptable for teens to wear their aligners while playing sports or being in band—in fact, that’s one of the draws of Invisalign. But busy teens can also lose their aligners really easily. Invisalign Teen offers extra aligners, but it’s still important to stay on track. Helpfully, each aligner has a blue indicator that fades with wear, demonstrating to your Beverly Hills Invisalign provider that the patient is in compliance.

Encourage the patient to keep their aligners clean, and practices regular hygiene.

Adults Prefer Invisalign

Doctors Showing Aligners - 6For anyone who has undergone long-term orthodontic treatment, there is nothing worse than learning your teeth have shifted because you didn’t wear your retainer. Many adults seek orthodontics later on in life to correct alignment issues previously fixed in adolescence. If wear adult braces, there is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, with methods such as Invisalign, your co-workers and family members will not even notice you are correcting your teeth. Our Invisalign expert in San Fernando Valley is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile and rebuilding your confidence.

Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that fit over your teeth to shift them into proper placement. Every two weeks, you will receive new trays and your smile will improve with each passing day. Adults prefer this discrete orthodontic method because the trays can be removed before meals and do not disrupt standard dental hygiene. It is important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to receive optimal results. Most adults with minor to severe dental issues are strong candidates for this orthodontic method.

If you want to avoid feeling self-conscious of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the best option for you. Contact our dentist with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners

Doctors Showing AlignersCleanliness is a factor of Invisalign health some patients underestimate. Unlike dentures, you don’t take your aligners out to soak each night. You’re meant to wear your aligners while sleeping, so the only chance you get to do any soaking is during meals. Some patients like to leave their trays in solutions of either water and hydrogen peroxide, or water and Efferdent. Hydrogen peroxide is a notorious bacteria killer, and Efferdent is a denture cleaner.

If you want to go high out of pocket, Invisalign markets an official cleaning product that leaves your aligners looking less cloudy than other products. However, this is purely a value judgment, and this more expensive product is not necessarily better for the condition of your aligners.

Some specialists, including our Beverly Hills Invisalign dentist, recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and liquid soap—either hand or dish—instead of toothpaste. If you want to use toothpaste, make sure it’s one that does not have whitening agents. And never bleach your trays.

Maybe the first rule to recognize is never to eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke with your aligners in. This creates stains and toxins, and could make your treatment less effective.

When is Invisalign the Best Option?

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Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment that many patients choose today. Clear aligners, smooth and devoid of brackets and wires, give this treatment several advantages over other braces. Here is when patients may find that Invisalign is their best choice.

Adults and Adolescents Who Want Discretion

Most adults and adolescents are candidates for Invisalign as long as their permanent teeth have erupted and their jaws have finished developing. In this age group, students and professionals are likely to appreciate Invisalign discretion most.

Athletes and Musicians

When patients play sports, particularly contact sports, Invisalign may be the best option because it does not abrade the inner cheeks. Patients who play woodwind instruments may also prefer Invisalign because it does not affect their musicianship.

Patients in a Hurry

For patients who want a new smile as soon as possible, Invisalign may be best. Compared to metal braces, Invisalign from our dentist in West Hollywood may cut treatment time by 30 percent or more depending on the patient.

Better-looking, healthier teeth can be obtained more quickly and discreetly with Invisalign compared to other treatments. To learn more about Invisalign and when it is the right choice, patients can schedule a consultation with our Invisalign dentist in West Hollywood.

Can Anyone Get Invisalign?

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Any circumstance that disqualifies you from Invisalign is probably out of your control, and you can always seek another treatment. Invisalign is highly desirable, but it cannot accommodate every case. For instance, the aligners must fit so snugly that if your teeth are smaller than average, you may not qualify. The same goes for teeth that are too severely pegged or tipped.

Otherwise, any patient in good dental standing can receive Invisalign treatment. Patients on the younger end of the orthodontic spectrum are not ideal candidates, as their facial bones are still in flux. Older teens benefit immensely from Invisalign Teen, a program that especially accounts for the busy lifestyles of teens and adolescents.

While it is not an orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can bring teeth up to speed by pushing them, week by week, into predetermined positions. All the patient has to do is replace the aligners at the doctor’s desired regularity—typically every two weeks. You should also be ready to wear your aligners 22 hours every day, taking them out only for meals.

Invisalign gets high marks from both providers and patients. It is still the fastest sub-orthodontic therapy for crooked, gapped, or spaced teeth. Contact your Invisalign provider in Beverly Hills today.

Invisalign Option for Younger Patients

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Invisalign Full is a hugely popular option with orthodontic patients today. People love the fact that Invisalign aligners are virtually see-through, meaning their treatment experience will rarely be noticed by others. The aligners are also removable, making it easy to eat and drink. Despite the flexibility of Invisalign Full, it is not the best option for younger patients. For these cases, we recommend Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign Teen works very similarly to regular Invisalign treatment. The aligners are replaced about every two weeks, and are both clear and removable. It also features a few unique advantages, as well.

Teen aligners have a blue dot on them that disappears with use. This allows the patient, patient’s parents, and our LA Invisalign expert to know if the aligners are being worn enough, which should be about twenty-two hours a day.

The aligners are also expandable at the ends, in order to accommodate growing jaws and incoming wisdom teeth. Furthermore, Invisalign offers up to six replacement aligners. This is particularly useful, as the busy lives of teens often lead to damaged or lost appliances.

If you or your teen are considering this orthodontic option, call to schedule a consultation appointment today.