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Considering orthodontic treatment for your teen? Invisalign® may be a great option for your teen’s smile transformation. To help you weigh the pros and cons of Invisalign, the Bird Smiles Orthodontics team has put together eight frequently asked questions about the ins-and-outs of this orthodontic treatment.

1. What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is a series of custom-made, removable clear aligners that gradually move teeth into the desired positions. Each set is typically swapped out every seven days. They’re virtually invisible, making them a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces.

The golden rule of Invisalign? Wearing them for 20-22 hours a day to maintain progress. Your child takes them out only to eat, when drinking anything other than water, cleaning their teeth, or for sports, if needed.

2. Is Invisalign Teen as effective as traditional braces?

In the hands of skilled, Platinum Invisalign providers like Dr. Talley or Dr. Clark, even complex cases can be corrected with Invisalign. Effectiveness also depends on how well your teen sticks to their treatment plan. The best way to find out the pros and cons of Invisalign teen versus braces? Schedule a complimentary consultation with your Washington, DC Invisalign orthodontists to see if your kiddo is a good candidate for Invisalign.

3. How long does Invisalign Teen take?

Invisalign treatment time varies from person to person, but on average, it takes about 12 to 18 months. Hearing that, some of our patients also want to know, “Does Invisalign hurt throughout treatment?” Yes, some discomfort can occur when adjusting to new aligners. It is typically less than what’s experienced with braces and goes away quickly.

4. How much does Invisalign cost for Teens?

The cost is comparable to traditional metal braces. And like braces, the answer to, “How much does Invisalign cost for teens?” depends on the complexity of your child’s case. You’ll be glad to know that many dental insurance plans reimburse the subscriber for orthodontic treatment so be sure to check with your provider. Our team can also walk you through your financing options. Don’t forget, you may also use your FSA or HSA benefits!

5. Will Invisalign Teen affect my teenager’s speech?

In the beginning, your child might experience some slight speech adjustments. However, most Invisalign Teen wearers adapt quickly, and any speech issues typically resolve within a few days.

6. How often does my teen see the orthodontist during treatment?

Your teen will have periodic check-ups, typically every 6 to 8 weeks. These appointments allow Dr. Talley or Dr. Clark to monitor progress, make any minor changes to treatment, or give your teen new aligner sets. Our Tenleytown office is conveniently located with easy access to the Tenleytown-AU metro station, bus stops, and street parking.

7. What happens if my teen loses or damages an aligner?

We typically provide 6-8 weeks worth of aligners. Should an aligner be lost or damaged, patients are often able to move on to the next set. We recommend keeping the previous set of aligners as well, should your child need to hold on to them. Be sure to contact your Washington, DC smile specialists for guidance.

8. Can my teenager still play sports with Invisalign Teen?

Absolutely! Invisalign Teen is designed as a comfortable and safe orthodontic treatment for active kids. If your teen plays a contact sport requiring a mouthguard, they’ll have to swap out their clear aligners for their mouthguard. Just be sure they put the Invsialign back in as soon as possible to maintain a 20-22-hour wearing time.

Getting A Confident Smile with Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen offers a convenient and discreet way to achieve a healthy, confident smile. Schedule a complimentary consultation with your experienced, Tenleytown smile specialists to find out if Invisalign is right for your child. Our boutique, orthodontic experience ensures expert, high-tech care with a warm and personal approach.