Teen Invisalign® in Houston, TX
Curious about teen Invisalign® in Houston, TX? Summit Dental Center is pleased to provide invisible braces for teenagers!
Malocclusion, or an improper positioning of the teeth, is a common problem for teens everywhere. And wearing braces is practically a right of passage for many. But, while most teens want a straighter smile, they often fear the appearance of bulky metal braces.
The good news is that teens and their parents now have options when it comes to teeth straightening solutions, and Invisalign® clear aligners are the preferred choice for Summit Dental Center dentists.
Learn more about invisible braces for teens and how they can help your child smile with confidence, during as well as after treatment.
What is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® system is comprised of a series of clear dental trays that a teen will wear for 20-22 hours per day. For most patients, treatment lasts about a year.
As your teen’s teeth become progressively straighter over the course of treatment, your child will switch out his or her trays for a new set around every two weeks. Meanwhile, your teen’s Summit Dental Center dentist will monitor progress with an in-office visit every 6-8 weeks.
Benefits of Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® aligners are often just as efficient as metal braces, but they give teens much more freedom to enjoy the foods and activities they love. While in the mouth, they are nearly impossible to notice and quite comfortable to wear. Teens can also take out their aligners at any time to eat a meal, brush their teeth, or floss.
Additional advantages include:
- Very little discomfort after an initial adjustment period
- No painful tightening of braces at the dentist office
- Custom-made for a perfect fit
- No sharp metal parts that poke cheeks and gums
- No unsightly, bulky metal appliances
- No distractions, no interference with daily activities
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Color indicator to ensure wear-time compliance for parents
- No food restrictions
The bottom line? Just straighter, more even teeth.
What Is the Procedure for Teen Invisalign®?
All patients will begin this process by speaking with the dentist about whether clear braces are the best choice. If the patient does decide to go with ClearCorrect™ aligners, the dentist will then take impressions of their teeth and use a 3D imaging system to create a model of their mouth. These images are uploaded to specialized software that will show the patient exactly what they can expect from their treatment.
- ClearCorrect™ is similar to Invisalign® due to the fact that they both use 3D modeling software to create custom aligners.
- Before receiving your first set of ClearCorrect™ aligners, you will be given a set of basic aligners called the Patient Zero model. These aligners will allow you to get comfortable with having trays covering your teeth.
In order to produce results as quickly as possible, patients should keep their trays on for at least 22 hours a day. That being said, you will be able to take out your trays at any time to brush your teeth or eat. After using the Patient Zero model for six weeks, you will be sent your first set of personalized ClearCorrect™ aligners. These aligners apply a small amount of pressure to your teeth to gently push them into the correct position. Follow-up appointments are extremely important and will allow the dentist to make sure that the treatment is going as planned.
Teen Invisalign® Recovery Time
One of Invisalign’s® advantages over traditional braces is its comfortable use. No harsh or invasive procedures are needed to install invisible braces, meaning recovery time is practically zero.
Some people may experience very minor discomfort when first starting to wear Invisalign® appliances. This mild achy feeling, caused by the gentle but steady pressure exerted on the patient’s teeth, disappears completely during treatment for most patients.
If “soreness” persists, talk to your Summit Dental Center dentist for suggestions on how to minimize any discomfort.
How Much Does Teen Invisalign® Treatment Cost?
No two patients have identical smiles, and the cost of invisible braces will differ from one person to the next. This is why it is so important to meet with an experienced dentist from Summit Dental Center™ in person to discuss some of the factors that will affect the final cost of your teen’s treatment.
Issues such as existing damage to the patient’s teeth and previous surgeries could change the cost of Invisalign® treatment. In addition, a patient’s compliance with recommended wear time and treatment duration may affect the final outcome.
The team at Summit Dental Center™ works closely with every patient to create an affordable payment plan. We also help patients determine whether their dental insurance plan provides coverage for Invisalign® clear aligners.
Is Invisalign® Right for my Teen?
Practically any teenager can benefit from invisible braces by Invisalign®. This advanced treatment is a great option for any young man or woman who is unhappy with their smile but nervous about using metal braces.
Why Choose Summit Dental Center™ for Teen Invisalign in Houston, TX?
Kids love us. Teens like us (which is the best a dentist can hope for with teenagers!). All kidding aside…over the last 20+ years Summit Dental Center has established a reputation of being a “great dentist for kids” because we strive to make every visit to our offices a positive one for your child – regardless of age.
Guided by years of experience, a gentle hand, and a teen-friendly manner, we is ensure your child’s comfort and speak in an uncomplicated language kids find easier to understand when it comes to their bodies and recommended treatments. We take the time to explain and listen to make sure your teen feels involved in making decisions.
For parents, we offer
- Convenient evening and weekend hours
- 7 Houston-area locations
- Dental financing plans with affordable monthly payments
- Comprehensive dental care for the whole family, all under the same roof
With seven convenient locations throughout the Houston area, we offer both extended and weekend hours to our patients. We are dedicated to providing quality dental services, so please contact us today to schedule an Invisalign® consultation for your teen. Call 713-425-0450 now!