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Invisalign Teen: Is It Right For You?

Invisalign Teen - All Your Questions Answered

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen™ is a specialized treatment plan for young smiles, created by the world’s leading creator of orthodontic clear aligners. Using the same state-of-the-art materials and cutting-edge technology as traditional Invisalign, Invisalign Teen™ is clinically optimized for the growing mouths of teenagers, to provide beautiful smiles with effective, lasting results.

What’s the Invisalign Teen™ Difference?

 

Invisalign Teen™

Traditional Braces

Price

$2,500-$8,000

$1,700-$6,000

Treatment Length

6-36 months

1-3 years

Removable

Yes

No

Clinically-developed SmartTrack™ Material

Yes

No

Discreet and Nearly Invisible When Worn

Yes

No

Office Visits

Every 6 weeks-3 months

Every 4 to 8 weeks

Emergency Visits

Rare

More Likely

Expedited Treatment Option

Yes

No

Food Restrictions

No

Yes

Cleaning/Maintenance

Easy: remove for meals, wash aligners

More complex: food restrictions, wires and brackets can collect food or debris

Potential for Damage during Sports?

Low

High

 

How Much Does Invisalign Teen Cost™?

Invisalign Teen™ costs vary depending on the specific condition and severity of the case, but treatment ranges from $2,500 to $8,000. Insurance and health savings accounts can help lower the cost of clear aligner treatment, and monthly payments plans can also make costs more manageable. Look for promotional savings like back-to-school discounts, sibling or family packages, and sign-up offers to further lower costs.

What Age Is Right for Invisalign Teen™?

Teens can begin Invisalign Teen™ once the majority of their permanent (adult) teeth have grown in, usually around 12 to 13 years old. Invisalign Teen™ is an excellent treatment option for teens of all ages. For younger smiles, there is Invisalign First™, which is specially designed for early orthodontic intervention for children with a mix of baby and adult teeth.

What is the Difference Between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen™?

Invisalign Teen works in the same way as traditional Invisalign: using state-of-the-art iTero 3D scanning and digital modeling, your orthodontist designs a unique treatment plan with a series of discreet, nearly-invisible clear aligners. Invisalign Teen™ aligners are made of the same patented SmartTrack™ material, which is clinically proven to straighten teeth faster and with more predictability. One big advantage of Invisalign Teen™ is that is comes with 6 free replacement aligners! Since teenagers may be more likely to misplace their aligners, the cost of your care comes included with free replacements so you don't have to worry about lost or damaged aligners.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Teen™?

Invisalign has many benefits over metal braces, and it has quickly become one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options for kids and adults. Many orthodontists report that the majority of their teenage patients now request Invisalign Teen™! Invisalign is easy to care for, easy to clean, and requires zero food restrictions: eat all the candy and popcorn you want without worrying about it breaking your brackets or getting caught under your wires (just remember to brush your teeth)! The discreet, nearly-invisible look of Invisalign is optimal for the smile-conscious selfie generation: many teens post photos of social media and prefer Invisalign to the “metal mouth” of metal braces. Invisalign is just as effective as braces and may even be more effective than braces for treating certain conditions, like open bite and overbite.

Is Invisalign Teen™ Better Than Mail-Order Aligners?

Invisalign is one brand of clear aligners: other brands offer non-Invisalign clear aligners, which use a similar treatment method but can't provide the same patented materials and state-of-the-art material as Invisalign. Some of these brands offer DIY mail-order aligners, which boast that they can correct your smile without any need to see an orthodontist in-office. Does it work? Unfortunately, these mail-order aligner brands often fail to live up to their claims, and in many cases they have caused permanent damage to teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists has issued an advisory warning against the use of these companies. For teens interested in a smile with clear aligners, it's best to put their care in the hands of a licensed, experienced Invisalign orthodontist, where in-office visits ensure treatment works properly and creates healthy, long-lasting results.

Where Can I Get Invisalign Teen™?

Your local Invisalign orthodontist usually offers Invisalign Teen™ especially for adolescents. For lower prices and effective results, look for an experienced orthodontist in a free-standing orthodontic facility. You can find an experienced Invisalign doctor using this locator tool. Diamond Plus or Diamond Invisalign Providers will have the most experience and treat a higher volume of Invisalign patients, leading to lower costs for your family.