Invisalign® Teen helps teenagers avoid the teasing and stigma associated with having metal braces. In Boston and Norwood, MA and nearby cities, Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, offers Invisalign® Teen as an orthodontic treatment for teenagers to transform their smile and boost their self-image.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is the same innovative invisible orthodontic treatment as Invisalign®, but it is specifically designed for a teenager’s mouth and bite. It uses clear, plastic aligner trays placed over teeth to gradually move them into the correct position. Teenagers prefer Invisalign Teen whenever possible because they are not noticeable and make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment process.
How Does Invisalign® Teen Work?
Invisalign® Teen uses the state-of-the-art aligner trays to correct orthodontic issues commonly addressed with teenagers. At Elegant Orthodontics, Dr. Baloul tailors a treatment plan that uses clear, plastic aligners to move teeth into a straighter position. The aligners are custom made using digital scans and 3D imaging technology to ensure a precise fit.
Digital impressions are taken using the iTero® Element scanner – a cutting-edge digital scanner. In just a few seconds, iTero® scans the mouth and teeth to capture a dental impression from which aligners are made for the treatment. Not only does this process avoid the horrible taste and gag reflex that often accompany traditional impressions, the aligners’ fit is accurate and yields excellent results.
Once the treatment begins, patients wear a set of Invisalign® Teen aligners for about two weeks. During that time, the teeth gradually move to the desired position. There is minimal discomfort as the teeth shift. Patients receive aligners in groups that last for several weeks. When complete, the process is repeated, and more aligners are made. The treatment process continues until the patient’s teeth are straight. Teens have appointments with Dr. Baloul about every four to six weeks with the entire treatment process taking about the same time as metal braces.
Should My Teen Wear Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign® Teen is an effective treatment for teens who want to straighten their teeth without the discomfort and appearance of metal braces. In most cases, Invisalign® is just as effective as metal braces; however, for more severe corrections, metal braces may be the best option to accomplish and maintain straight teeth. Dr. Baloul discusses the options with teenagers and their parents and provides her recommendation.
What If My Teenager Misplaces an Aligner?
Invisalign® Teen aligners may be replaced. It is important to notify our office immediately so we can provide your teen with a replacement.
How Much Does Invisalign® Teen Cost?
The cost of Invisalign® Teen is based on each case depending on the extent of the treatment and how many aligners are required. During a consultation, we review the costs with you, as well as our payment options. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards, and also offer financing through OrthoFi. We also help patients determine if their dental insurance policy provides orthodontic coverage.
Is My Teenager a Good Candidate for Invisalign® Teen?
Teen Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment for teenagers to straighten their teeth without wearing metal braces. It is effective for teens with improper bites, gapped or protruding teeth, or teeth that are crooked or crowded.
Teenagers in Boston and Norwood, MA may seek effective orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® Teen from Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, at Elegant Orthodontics. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.