Invisalign Top Ten Questions

Have you thought about Invisalign for your teen’s teeth but aren’t sure where to start?  Maybe you’ve done some research and think that Invisalign is only for adults who need braces.  Virginia Orthodontic Partners knows that deciding between Invisalign and traditional braces can be a big decision and Drs. Ellis, Lindgren and Lee want to answer some common Invisalign questions so you can be confident that Invisalign is the right choice for your teenager.

Invisalign Top Ten What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® treatment is the modern way to straighten teeth without using messy impression trays or the traditional metal brackets and wires. After taking a digital scan or impression, Drs. Ellis, Lindgren and Lee will develop a treatment plan using a series of custom-made, removable, and virtually invisible aligners. 

Can my teen’s teeth be treated with Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment is effective for a wide range of oral issues. Choosing a treatment that will give your teen their best smile is your goal when deciding on orthodontic treatment. Invisalign straightens teeth with 75% more predictability without interrupting your teen’s life. 

How long does Invisalign treatment take?  

Invisalign treatment works up to 2 times faster than traditional metal braces, shortening your teen’s treatment time while giving him his best smile.

Is Invisalign comfortable?

Invisalign treatment is a more comfortable way to straighten teeth. There are no brackets to rub or wires to break. And unlike most other aligners, Invisalign clear aligners are trimmed along the gum line for optimal patient comfort. 

Will my teenager remember to wear the aligners?

Teens do wear their Invisalign aligners. Studies show most teens wear their aligners the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day. Plus, only Invisalign clear aligners have built-in compliance indicators, so you and Drs. Ellis, Lindgren and Lee can be sure your teen is wearing the aligners for the recommended daily time.

Why should I choose Invisalign over traditional braces?

Teens who wear Invisalign clear aligners are more confident. Traditional braces can make teens self-conscious, and studies show that teens who wear Invisalign clear aligners are twice as likely to have a boost in self-esteem.

Does my teen have to come to the office for appointments?

You can have fewer, shorter office visits and emergency visits will be limited to replacing a lost aligner. Invisalign clear aligners don’t need to be manually adjusted by an orthodontist and you’ll never have an emergency visit due to broken wires or brackets. 

How does Invisalign work with musical instruments and sports mouthguards?

The aligners are virtually invisible and easily removable, so your teen can still enjoy school pictures, social events, and all the foods they love. Plus, no brackets or wires means sports injuries are less likely and your teen can use a regular mouthguard for protection. 

Will my insurance cover it?

Most orthodontic insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment. Ask your orthodontist how insurance, flexible spending accounts, and payment plans can help you fit Invisalign treatment into your budget. 

What if my teenager tries Invisalign and it’s not a good fit for him?

The Invisalign® Guarantee gives you the confidence to choose Invisalign clear aligners for your teen. If you are not satisfied within the first six months of treatment, Drs. Ellis, Lindgren and Lee will work with you to find a solution that fits your teen’s lifestyle and provides exceptional results.

If your teen is ready to begin his Invisalign journey, Virginia Orthodontic Partners believes a confident smile is a happy smile. Contact us today online or call (703) 750-9393