What Should Parents Know About Invisalign For Teens?

What should parents know about Invisalign for teens? It’s a question we hear often at Champlain Orthodontics. Dr. Eaton help families (like yours) across Williston and St. Albans discover the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign gives you and your family a nearly invisible way to realign teeth. That’s one of the main reasons it remains popular with teens. At our practice, we prioritize treatments that not only achieve beautiful results but also fit comfortably into your family’s lifestyle. Here’s everything you busy parents need to know about how Invisalign can help your teenagers. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern approach to reorienting teeth. How does it work? It involves a series of custom-made, clear aligners. Our Champlain Orthodontics uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to craft each aligner. Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are completely clear and free from metal wires or brackets. Most people won’t be aware your teen is wearing a clear aligner.

Our process begins with a detailed scan of your teen’s mouth. To best help them, we have to have an accurate understanding of their teeth, skin, bones, and muscles. Your teen’s treatment plan visualizes the step-by-step transformation of their teeth. Dr. Eaton, you, and your teen will be able to see the expected changes over time. Your teen will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. Then, they will move on to the next set.

One main advantage of Invisalign is its removability. Teens can take out their aligners for meals, brushing, and flossing. They’ll enjoy better oral hygiene along with the freedom to partake in all kinds of foods without restriction. Though the aligners can be removed, we always stress that your teen wears them for the recommended 22 hours. That’ll help them achieve the best results.

Benefits of Invisalign for Teens

What can Invisalign exactly do for your teen? Let us count the ways! 

Invisibly Incredible

Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually undetectable. That’s a big relief for teens who are conscious about their appearance. Discretion allows teens to smile confidently throughout their treatment. With Invisalign, achieving a beautiful smile doesn’t have to come with the traditional look of metal braces.

Removable On The Regular

The removable feature of Invisalign is a standout benefit. Teens can take their aligners out during meals. The biggest perk? They can continue to keep their favorite foods on the menu without worry. Flexibility also simplifies your teen’s oral hygiene routine. How? There are no brackets or wires to clean around.

Comfort Is King

Our Champlain Orthodontics staff makes Invisalign aligners from smooth plastic. We will custom-fit them to your teen’s teeth. A tailor-made fit significantly reduces irritation and discomfort that can occur with traditional braces. Each new set of aligners moves your teenager’s teeth gradually. Many teen patients report less discomfort when compared with adjustments typical to braces.

Eat Without Restrictions

One of the joys of Invisalign for teens is that there are no dietary restrictions. Teens can bite into an apple or enjoy popcorn at a movie without hesitation. Invisalign offers your teen the freedom to continue eating what they like.

Few And Far Between

Invisalign typically requires fewer check-ups than traditional braces. For busy families, this means less time spent at the orthodontist’s office. Each visit with Dr. Ryan or Dr. Eaton at Champlain Orthodontics is intended to help progress your teen’s treatment. With Invisalign, you shouldn’t need to see us quite so often (yes, we will miss you!).


What Should Parents Know About Invisalign For Teens?

How Effective is Invisalign for Teens?

Invisalign is popular among teens for its appearance (or, maybe we should say, its lack of appearance?). It also fits more comfortably than some of its peers, like clear braces or metal braces. Beyond that, Invisalign is good at treating a wide range of orthodontic problems. These include everything from minor tooth misalignments to more complicated issues like overbites, underbites, and even crowded teeth. 

The effectiveness of Invisalign for teens hinges on customized treatment planning from our team at Champlain Orthodontics. We use precise 3D imaging technology to design each set of your teen’s aligners. Their first set will incrementally move their teeth where we want them. About two weeks later, they’ll get a second set. Each new set moves your teen’s teeth a little more in the direction we’re aiming for.


Parental Guidance and Responsibilities

While Invisalign offers numerous benefits for teens, successful outcomes depend significantly on responsible use. As a parent, your role is to guide and support your teen through their Invisalign treatment. Here are some key responsibilities to keep in mind:

Consistency For The Win

The most important part of Invisalign treatment for your teen is wearing the aligners for 22 hours per day. Encouraging your teen to maintain this discipline is essential. The aligners will only work as well as their wearer follows the doctors’ instructions. Regular reminders and check-ins can help establish this habit.

Hype Up The Hygiene

A huge advantage of clear aligners is that your teen can take them out. So teens have a unique advantage for excellent oral hygiene. As a parent, motivate your teens to brush and floss their teeth after each and every meal. If they don’t, reinserting their aligners could trap fragments of food against their teeth. 

Attending Scheduled Appointments

Regular visits to our Williston and St. Albans offices let our team monitor their progress. Plus, this is when your teen will receive their next set of aligners. We understand that you and your family are busy. Please keep your appointments. If something comes up, keep us in the loop. We’re happy to reschedule appointments as best we can. 


What Should Parents Know About Invisalign For Teens?

Invisalign For Teens At Champlain Orthodontics

Still have more questions about Invisalign for teens at Champlain Orthodontics? Our Williston and St. Albans teams have all the answers you need. Head here to schedule your free consultation with or Dr. Eaton today!