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Invisalign

Invisalign Teen



You are a teenager. You want to have straighter teeth and a better smile, but dread the fact that you may have to wear metal braces, brackets and wires. You worry about having to wear a paper bag over your head, missing out on important events or hiding out for 2 years.
WELL, you’re in luck, Dr. Bruno Paliani has been treating teenagers with Invisalign in London, Ontario for over 15 years.

Imagine being confident about your day to day activities -playing musical instruments, playing sports and keeping your social life.

You may have your first date or an upcoming prom - no worries with Invisalign. The aligners are clear and virtually invisible. Keep them in or take them out for all those important moments. For any special photographs like your yearbook pictures, just remove the aligners. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Straighten your teeth and smile with confidence...all at the same time!


WHAT IS INVISALIGN TEEN?


Invisalign® Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten a teen’s teeth without metal braces. Rather than metal wires, metal bands and metal brackets, a series of clear, removable aligners are used. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign® creates a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move a teen’s teeth. Each aligner is worn for about a week, moving to the next set each week. Gradually, the teeth move into the final projected position, until the teeth are straight and a confident smile is achieved.





IS INVISALIGN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES?


Yes, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues: Crowding, Spacing, Overbites, Crossbites, Underbites,
Most teenagers are great candidates for Invisalign. Feel free to book a Free Consultation at your convenience.


WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?


If you’re an adult and you have had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires, brackets and bands. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it makes it easy to brush, floss and maintain proper oral hygiene.
Playing musical instruments and playing sports becomes easier without metal braces getting in the way. With Invisalign, there are no real restrictions to eating particular foods as the aligners are removed for major meals.


ARE THERE ANY EMOTIONAL CONCERNS TO CONSIDER?


Research shows that moms underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and using metal braces as a solution can often make this lack of confidence even worse. With Invisalign, no one needs to know that they are straightening their teeth. This may be one way of giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of everyone and to be able to smile without reservation.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INVISALIGN TEEN?


Invisalign can be used for teens that have all their permanent teeth. It can also be used for teens that have most of their permanent teeth but still have some baby teeth and have some teeth that are still erupting in the mouth. At times Invisalign can be started when there are significant baby teeth still present but key permanent teeth are in the mouth. Scheduling a Free Consultation would be able to give you an idea of the best time to begin treatment for any teenager. We have had experience providing treatment to many teens over the years, and this level of experience is invaluable in knowing when and how to treat teens.


HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TEEN TREATMENT TAKE?


The average treatment time is about the same or less than with traditional braces. The actual length of treatment depends on the number of permanent teeth that may still have to erupt and the severity of condition.


HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN COST?


Invisalign Teen typically costs about the same or less than traditional braces. Costs for orthodontic treatment can vary with time and complexity of treatment. Dental insurance plans may cover orthodontic treatment. This means that orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen would be covered by dental insurance policies. In addition, we can provide flexible and affordable monthly payment plans to make treatment more affordable.


DOES MY TEEN HAVE TO WEAR INVISALIGN ALL THE TIME?


Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day. The aligners should be kept in as long as possible. They only need to be removed for major meals but then quickly putting them on once again. “Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended.” In our experience, teens are very compliant with aligner use!


HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE SPENT DURING INVISALIGN APPOINTMENTS?


Invisalign Teen often requires less appointment time than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no broken wires to fix, no brackets to rebond, no wires to snip, etc. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every 6-10 weeks.