A Discreet Alternative to Braces
While it’s common for teens to need orthodontic treatment, many of them are resistant to wearing traditional braces. The metal wires can lead to social embarrassment, in addition to making meals and sports inconvenient.
That’s why Dr. Grussmark offers Invisalign, a set of clear aligners that straightens your teeth up to two times faster than metal braces. The aligners are nearly invisible, allowing your teen to smile with confidence. Best of all, the aligners are also removable so your teen can eat meals and play sports without restrictions.
Fast, Predictable Treatment
Our iTero Element® scanner creates a digital 3D model of your teen’s teeth, allowing Dr. Grussmark to customize the aligners just for them. Once your teen starts treatment, they’ll receive a new set roughly every two weeks until the desired results are achieved.
Each set of aligners is designed to apply the perfect amount of pressure to guide your teen’s teeth into proper position. By moving misaligned teeth gradually and precisely, Invisalign will straighten their smile up to two times faster and with far less discomfort than traditional braces.
In addition to helping design the aligners, our iTero technology allows us to predict the final results of your treatment with stunning accuracy. This means your teen can see exactly what their new smile will look like before their treatment even begins, giving them full confidence going into the procedure.
Greater Comfort, Greater Freedom
Invisalign aligners are easy to apply and remove for maximum convenience. If your teen has football practice or wants to meet some friends for dinner, they can remove their aligners and re-apply them afterward. Unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t place any limits on what you eat, and your teen won’t have to worry about cleaning crumbs out of metal wires.
For optimal results, your teen will need to wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. This still leaves them with plenty of time to enjoy meals and physical activities, though it may require adjusting their schedule a bit.
If you’re concerned that your teen isn’t sticking to the treatment plan, the aligners feature a blue dot indicator that shows if they’re wearing their aligners enough.
Fewer Dental Appointments, More Free Time
Invisalign patients only need to schedule appointments every six to eight weeks, as opposed to every two weeks for braces. This allows you and your teen to spend less time in our office and more time enjoying your freedom. You also won’t have to worry about sudden emergency appointments for broken wires or snagged brackets.
During your checkups, Dr. Grussmark will monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan if necessary. He’ll also answer any questions you have and provide your next batch of aligners.
Every facet of Invisalign treatment is designed to provide outstanding results, from our advanced technology to our customized treatment planning to our virtually invisible aligners. Invisalign will allow your teen to smile with confidence and avoid the inconvenience of metal braces.
Call our office in Miami at 305-842-3672 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Grussmark today. It’s the first step to a beautiful new smile for your teen.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen?
There are a few unique features that set Invisalign Teen apart from the standard Invisalign treatment, such as:
- Number of Aligners: Invisalign Teen provides more aligners in anticipation of teens misplacing or damaging their aligners. This way, it’ll be easier to replace an aligner than with the adult Invisalign treatment.
- Blue Dot Indicator: Every set of Invisalign Teen aligners features a blue dot on the back. This helps parents keep track of their teen’s treatment and ensure they’re wearing their aligners enough.
- Crafted for a Growing Mouth: While Invisalign Teen isn’t for patients who don’t have all their adult teeth, the aligners are created to accommodate their changing oral compositions.
What dental issues can Invisalign Teen help correct?
Invisalign Teen can help correct many of the same issues as traditional metal braces, including:
- Tooth gaps
- Open bites
- Crowded teeth
If your teen is struggling with any of these orthodontic issues, schedule an appointment at our Miami office by calling (305) 842-3672 to learn if they qualify for Invisalign Teen. Dr. Grussmark will assess their situation and work to determine the most effective treatment.
How old do you need to be for Invisalign Teen?
To be eligible for Invisalign Teen, patients must have all of their adult teeth (wisdom teeth, however, won’t impact their candidacy). Typically, patients under the age of 12 don’t qualify for this treatment. Most patients can begin this treatment when they’re 14 years old.
Schedule a consultation at our Miami office to learn if your teen is eligible for Invisalign Teen. Dr. Grussmark will perform a thorough evaluation of their oral health and determine if Invisalign Teen will be right for them
How do I know if my teen is wearing their aligners enough?
If you suspect your teen isn’t wearing their aligners for the required 20-22 hours each day, you can check the blue dot indicator on the back of the set. If the small blue dot hasn’t faded by the end of the day, it means your teen isn’t wearing their aligners enough. Neglecting to wear the aligners for the necessary amount of time could result in a failed treatment.
Are there sports restrictions with Invisalign Teen?
It’s fine for your teen to wear their Invisalign Teen aligners while playing low-intensity sports like softball, gymnastics, and soccer. However, high-intensity sports like football, hockey, and rugby may require mouthguards, in which case your teen should remove their aligners. As long as they wear their aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day, they can remove them to play sports.
Are there dietary restrictions with Invisalign Teen?
Unlike traditional metal braces, there are no dietary restrictions associated with Invisalign. As long as a patient wears their aligners for 20-22 hours per day, they can remove their aligners to eat whenever and whatever they want. Your teen must rinse both their teeth and aligners before placing them back in their mouth to prevent the buildup of bacteria and food particles.