Invisalign for Teens in Omaha, NE
Straighter Teeth for Younger Patients—No Brackets Necessary
Invisalign for teens is an easy and effective way for teenagers to straighten their teeth. Many younger patients wish to have straight teeth but don’t want to wear braces because they look and feel clunky. With Invisalign, patients can achieve a straighter smile and healthier bite—no brackets or wires needed!
Just like the standard Invisalign, Invisalign Teen treatment is a series of custom-made, clear aligners. The teen wears the aligners every day and night, only removing them to eat or brush their teeth. We will provide a new set of aligners to wear every two weeks. These trays are slightly different than the one before it to gradually shift teeth into their new positions.
Dr. Stevens is a board-certified orthodontist at Braces Omaha who proudly offers Invisalign treatment to teenagers in Omaha, NE. If your teen wants straighter teeth but doesn’t want braces, contact us to see if they qualify for Invisalign.
What to Expect With Invisalign Treatment
During the consultation, we will take 3D scans of your teen’s mouth to create the custom aligners. Using the latest imaging technology, we can virtually show you what your child’s smile will look like when treatment is complete. If Invisalign is right for your teen, he or she will return to our office once the first trays are made to start wearing the aligners.
Some patients require preparatory treatment, such as shaving down some enamel or applying composite to the teeth to help the aligners stay in place. We will perform preparatory work at the same visit that we provide the first aligners.
Your teen can expect to return to Braces Omaha about every six weeks for a checkup. He or she will not need to come to our office every time they receive new trays, which will be every two weeks. The aligners should be taken out when playing sports, and the patient should wear a mouth guard to protect the teeth. When the game or practice is over, simply put the aligners back in.
How Many Hours Per Day Do I Need to Wear Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign aligners should be worn for about 22 hours every day and only taken out during eating, brushing, or playing sports.
How Long Will It Take for Invisalign to Straighten Teeth?
Some patients see results as fast as a few weeks after treatment starts, while others notice changes after several months. The more Invisalign is worn, the faster the results!
How to Take Care of the Aligners
Patients who wear Invisalign must be sure to take care of their aligners. Your teen should brush their aligners with a toothbrush in the morning and at night to keep them fresh and clean. Ideally, the aligners should be rinsed off with water every time they are taken out of the mouth.
Remind your teen not to eat with the aligners in. This can cause accidental damage or discoloration. The only thing that should be consumed while wearing Invisalign is water. The aligners should be kept in their Invisalign case when they are removed to keep them safe and prevent them from accidentally being thrown away.
Invisalign developed a handy tool for parents to make sure their teen is on track with their treatment. With an optional blue indicator dot on the aligner, you can see if your child is wearing the aligners long enough every day.
Good Candidates for Invisalign
Invisalign is great for teens and adults looking to correct orthodontic issues such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
Patients who require more extensive orthodontic treatment or surgical care may not qualify for Invisalign. To see if you or your teen are candidates for Invisalign, contact Braces Omaha today.
Invisalign or Braces?
Invisalign provides the same orthodontic results as braces without the need for traditional brackets and wires. Both Invisalign and braces use gentle force to reposition the teeth and improve the bite. However, many patients do not like the way metal braces look or feel. Invisalign is an easy and beneficial way to improve dental health while providing patients with more flexibility and freedom during treatment.
Clear aligners are custom-fitted to your teenager’s mouth and there are no brackets or poking wires to cause irritation. Most people aren’t able to tell who wears Invisalign. This is because the plastic aligners are made from a clear material, making them virtually invisible. This is a huge benefit to teens who feel self-conscious about their teeth and don’t want to draw attention to their smile with brackets.
Braces are helpful in treating more severe dental conditions, such as an impacted canine tooth or in conjunction with orthognathic surgery. When you meet with Dr. Stevens, he will outline all of the treatment options and determine if Invisalign is right for you or your child.
Invisalign in Omaha, NE
Invisalign for teens allows younger patients to comfortably achieve straighter teeth and a more confident smile. Contact Braces Omaha today for a free consultation with our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Stevens, to see if Invisalign is right for you or your teen.
Hear From Our Patients
Frequently Asked Questions: Invisalign for Teens
Does Invisalign hurt?
With Invisalign, there are no brackets or wires to cause irritation inside the mouth and the aligners are custom-fitted around your teeth. You can expect some pressure every time you start a new aligner, but most patients find Invisalign to be more comfortable than braces.
Can I play sports with Invisalign?
You can play sports and continue all your normal activities. Simply remove the aligners during practices or games and put them back in afterward.
Can people tell I’m wearing Invisalign?
These clear aligners are made of a clear plastic designed to look virtually invisible. When kept clean, most people aren’t able to tell that you’re wearing Invisalign. Keeping the aligners clean will prevent discoloration and stains.
How do I know if my Invisalign retainers are working?
If you feel pressure when starting a new aligner, you know it’s working! Invisalign works by putting gradual force on your teeth to reposition them. You may notice results within a few weeks or a few months and will see them faster the more you wear your aligners.
What should I do if I lose my clear aligner?
Call Braces Omaha right away if you have lost a clear aligner. We will get a replacement aligner as soon as we can. We may instruct you to wear your previous set of aligners or start wearing the next set immediately. It’s a good idea to always keep your last series of trays as a backup.
A Happier Smile Starts Here
We’re a family-friendly practice that provides optimal orthodontic care in a comfortable, approachable setting. To learn more about your treatment options for yourself or your child, we encourage you to contact Braces Omaha to schedule a complimentary consultation.