Invisalign for Teens

Teens have busy and exciting lives, and Invisalign Teen makes orthodontic treatment easily fit their lifestyle! Learn more about how Invisalign for teens can enhance your child’s smile.

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is an innovative orthodontic treatment that is more comfortable and subtle than other treatments. Instead of using traditional metal braces with brackets and wires, Invisalign uses lightweight, clear plastic aligners to align your teen’s smile gently.

As an Invisalign Platinum Plus provider, Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics is among the top orthodontists in the country offering Invisalign Teen. Give your child the gift of a beautiful smile with Invisalign Teen. 

Schedule an appointment with the Invisalign Platinum Plus providers at Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics today!

a young woman holding invisalign clear aligners in front of her mouth
a teenage girl at the orthodontists office getting informed about invisalign aligners

How Invisalign Teen Works

Like all orthodontic treatments, Invisalign Teen functions by putting consistent pressure on the teeth over time to align them. Instead of using brackets, wires, and elastics, Invisalign for teens uses clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teen.

Invisalign clear aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day for your teen’s treatment to be effective. They will change to a new aligner every seven days. Over time the aligners move the teeth into the right position. All your teen will need to do is come in for check-ups every 8-12 weeks. 

Total treatment time varies from patient to patient, but the average treatment time for Invisalign Teen varies from 6 to 18 months based on the difficulty of the case. Wearing Invisalign Teen aligners as directed helps keep your treatment time on track! You remove the aligners for eating.  So, you can eat anything you want! If you want to know if Invisalign Teen is right for your child, schedule a complimentary consultation with us today.

Benefits of Invisalign for Teens

We know that being a teenager can be stressful and that many teens are concerned about their ability to maintain their lifestyle with orthodontic treatment. The great news is that with Invisalign Teen, it’s never been so easy to get a perfect smile. Here are some benefits of Invisalign for teens:

  • Virtually invisible treatment
  • Fewer and shorter appointments
  • Comfortable and sleek design
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Can be removed for eating or drinking
  • Excellent for athletes and musicians 

Invisalign Teen Aligns With Your Teen’s Lifestyle

With all of the extracurriculars teens are involved in, Invisalign makes it easy to get a beautiful,  natural smile without interrupting these activities. Here are some great reasons why Invisalign is great for your teenager!


How Aligners Benefit Musical Teens

Student musicians who play a wind or brass instrument like trumpet, clarinet, flute, tuba, saxophone, trombone — and more — quickly adapt to playing while wearing their aligners. Plus, if your serious musician is having difficulty adjusting, they can simply remove their aligners while playing.


How Aligners Benefit Athletic Teens

Student athletes love Invisalign because it can be worn while playing sports. If the sport played requires a mouth guard, simply wear an orthodontic mouth guard over the aligners.  Serious athletes don’t have to lose wear time and their teeth are doubly protected.  

Disadvantages of Invisalign Teen

The most challenging aspect of Teen Invisalign is the same as it is for Adult Invisalign. In order to be as successful as braces in treating malocclusions, aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day.  

The advantages of Invisalign often outweigh the cons. However, the challenges of disciplined wear time should be a consideration for both the teen and their parents. If you suspect your teen is forgetful or will not wear their aligners as directed, they may be better suited to a different type of orthodontic treatment. If you are concerned about your teen forgetting to wear their aligners, there are a number of reminder apps like MyInvisalign, TrayMinder, or SmartSmile to help them stay on track.

Overall, we see terrific success with our teen patients. Most teens do a wonderful job of mastering aligner wear at school and during extracurricular activities. If you want to know if Invisalign is right for your teen, schedule an appointment with us today!

a mom and daughter using a phone to access the invisalign teen app

FAQs About Invisalign for Teens

It’s only natural to have questions about how Invisalign will benefit your teen. That’s why we’ve provided you with some frequently asked questions about Invisalign Teen.

Accidents happen! Sometimes, a teen will remove their aligners and lose them. If your teen misplaces their aligners, contact us as soon as possible so we can order them a replacement.

One of the major perks of Invisalign Teen is that the aligners can simply be removed to eat and drink. With Invisalign for teens, your child can eat or drink whatever they want! Just make sure they don’t eat or drink with their aligners in unless they are drinking water.

A common misconception about Invisalign is that it can only fix small bite problems. However, Invisalign Teen can address a variety of mild to moderate orthodontic conditions such as:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Underbites and overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Teeth with significant spaces

Find Out If Invisalign Is Right For Your Teen

As a parent, you want the best for your child. You want them to feel confident, healthy, and comfortable in their own identity. Invisalign for teens is a great way for your teen to get the treatment they need in a more subtle way which can be very important to many teens. 

At Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics, we believe that a natural, beautiful smile is an asset to your life. Teens have select needs and our elite group of dentists make sure that their smile goals are integrated with their personal health needs.

A smile is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Schedule an appointment with the Invisalign Platinum Plus providers at Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics today!