Invisalign Teen® in Andover, MA
Andover Orthodontics provides Invisalign Teen services in Andover, MA. Call 978-475-0450 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Teenagers can feel especially self-conscious about orthodontic treatment. Invisalign® Teen makes it easy for them to get straighter teeth without announcing it to the world. More and more teens are turning to Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment, and parents will be glad to know that it’s just as effective as traditional metal braces.
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually correct bites and straighten teeth. The aligners are custom made to address your teen’s unique needs; when treatment is complete, they’ll have a beautiful smile without all the fuss of metal braces.
Why Choose Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign Teen aligners have many advantages over traditional metal braces. Patients choose Invisalign because:
They’re Virtually Invisible
Invisalign SmartTrack® material is virtually invisible, so your teen’s friends and classmates won’t even notice they’re wearing them.
They’re Comfortable and Convenient
Invisalign Teen aligners can be removed, so no foods are off-limits. With no brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than braces and you’ll never need to worry about making emergency visits to our office when a wire bends or a bracket breaks off.
They’re More Effective Than Ever
Invisalign technology has advanced to the point where it can achieve results as fast as, or in some cases even faster than traditional metal braces. A blue compliance indicator on your teen’s aligners lets you make sure they’re wearing them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day. When the aligners are worn as directed, treatment time is typically between 12 and 20 months. Invisalign SmartTrack material and SmartForce® features can treat crossbite, crowding, open-bites, gapped teeth, overbites, and underbites in a more predictable, controlled manner than traditional braces.
Invisalign® Treatment Process
Although every patient’s Invisalign treatment is customized, the overall process is the same. Here’s what your teen can expect:
Scan Your Smile
The first step in the Invisalign process is taking imaging so we can create a 3D model of your teen’s smile. We use an iTero scanner to create digital impressions, which means no messy, uncomfortable impression material is needed.
Create a Treatment Plan
We use Invisalign’s ClinCheck® software to create your teen’s unique treatment plan.
Preview your Smile
Using the 3D model created by our iTero scanner, we can preview how your teen’s teeth will shift throughout their treatment and show you what their smile will look like once treatment is complete.
Create the Aligners
When we’ve finalized the treatment plan, your teen’s custom aligners will be fabricated using a state-of-the-art 3D printing process. Most patients require between 20 and 30 sets.
Wear Your Aligners
In order for treatment to be effective, Invisalign Teen clear aligners must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. Use the blue compliance indicator to make sure your teen is wearing their aligners as directed; they should only be removed to eat, brush, and floss. Every few weeks as directed, your teen will switch to a new set of aligners and their teeth will gradually shift into alignment. We will check progress in our office every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure their teeth are moving correctly and their treatment is on the right track.
Maintain Your Results
Once your teen’s Invisalign treatment is complete, they’ll be given a set of retainers for their top and bottom teeth to help maintain their results in the long-term. Most patients will wear their retainers all day in the first few weeks after treatment, and then gradually switch to only wearing them overnight.
Call 978-475-0450 to schedule your appointment.