We all know the pain and angst-ridden lifestyles of our beloved little ones. The teen years arrive like a runaway train. Physical looks are always on the minds of our teens as they are bound by peer pressure and the rules of attraction. When Invisalign announced they had made clear aligners suitable for teens, phones buzzed. Yes, your teen can get their smile perfected without the ugly traditional metal braces of old. In this post, we’ll take you through 7 facts about Invisalign Teen. Let’s get going!


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People Also Ask

• Can a 15 year old get Invisalign?

Yes. The reason that teens love this product is because of how easy it is to use and achieve results.


• Can a 13 year old get Invisalign?

Yes. The reason that teens love this product is because of how easy it is to use and achieve results.


• Can I get Invisalign at 16?

Yes. The reason that teens love this product is because of how easy it is to use and achieve results.


• Is Invisalign free for under 18?

Invisalign is not free. Most insurances will cover an amount of the cost. Check with your provider for more information.


What is Invisalign Teen?

Teenagers are fidgety and always on the go. Whether school, sports, or dating there is never enough hours in the day. Traditional metal braces are ugly and restrictive in diet and lifestyle. They hate the cutting gums and the tightening sessions that hurt. Every time. They want braces they can remove for eating and cleaning. They want less discomfort. They want Invisalign Teen clear aligners. Why? Let’s get into it below.


1. Diet

Teens must eat. They need the energy to scroll the phones and to run the sports tracks and of course to enjoy their youth. When using traditional metal braces the teen must be aware of the restrictions. They will face a daily struggle when it comes to eating. With this type of device, many foods are persona non Grata.

• Nuts

• Sticky and hard candy

• Gum

• Pretzels

• Hard cookies or crackers

• Sticky or hard Toffee

Your teen will love you when they can remove the plastic aligners and eat whatever they want. You must make sure they put them back in again straight away.

Extra fact: Ensure teeth are clean after eating. Floss and rinse otherwise tiny particles will remain.


2. Oral Care

Invisalign Teen makes the rigmarole of cleaning easier and less tricky. Traditional braces will have you digging around your mouth. All sorts of implements and avoiding wires will be the order of the day. With Invisalign Teen, remove the aligners before eating and wash them immediately. Ready for putting back in after cleaning.

Teeth cleaning IS KEY as the aligners remove saliva from the oral health game playing in your mouth. This reduces the natural defense and will need helping with extra care. Brushing and flossing are key here.

Extra fact: Keeping the aligners clean will help their oral health stay amazing.


3. Sports

Sports are the lifeblood for most teenage lifestyles. Teens will take part in sports activities that often involve ruff and tumble actions. In the case of traditional braces, this will cause cuts and bloody splatters. And may even get your teen barred from the field as a danger. Invisalign Teen needs removing for the game. That’s all. Mouthguards are proper for high-level and contact sports.

Extra fact: We don’t recommend you use the aligner as a mouthguard. They are not designed for impact sports and can be costly to replace.


4. Blue Dot Wear Indicator

Each clear aligner also comes with a small, inconspicuous Blue Dot Wear Indicator. Sometimes called eruption tabs. This helps you know if you’re ready for your next set of aligners. Another reason why teenagers love Invisalign Teen.


Another reason why teenagers love Invisalign Teen.


Extra fact: It is also so you and your provider can check if your teen has worn the aligners to the agreed treatment plan of 20 to 22 hours a day.


5. Less Discomfort

With traditional braces, the dreaded tightening occurs in a timely fashion. The orthodontist makes pain, and you must suffer. Invisalign Teen pushes the teeth instead of pulling. This reduces discomfort. Pain is not a word you’ll need.

Also, as there is no tightening there are no painful visits to the orthodontist. A tight grip is all that happens when a new aligner is in place.

Extra fact: Always use a chewie to bite down. This fits the aligner well over the teeth and improves treatment speed time.



6. No Speech Loss

With Invisalign Teen, there is no loss of speech ability that you get with a mouth full of metal wires and brackets. You only see a slight lisp and only for a few days with each new aligner. Gossip and sports news will still spread with aligners.

Extra fact: You may want to stay on top of spitting. Your mouth will need to get used to the new guests so be aware of your saliva.


7. Invisible Aligners

Your teen can move around without catching the attention of anyone. Not quite completely invisible but virtually invisible. The clear plastic blends around the tooth shape too, so no ugly angles to disrupt the mouth.

Extra Fact: Teeth will have attachments placed on them. These grip the aligner into place and help hurry up the treatment process.


EXTRA FACT! – Self Esteem

Yes. We save the best till last. Not only will your teen be able to hold their dignity in the harsh realities of peer pressure. They will be able to speak well. And not garner unwanted attention from school mates and social groups. This, plus a beautiful smile, we all know is what teens want.




At Childers Orthodontics, our patients receive the orthodontic treatment they deserve. All in a fun, professional, and friendly atmosphere. If your teen needs a perfect smile to carry them through life, call Dr. Childers at Childers Orthodontics.

He has been serving the community of Southern Illinois since 1990. He would love to assist you with all your orthodontic needs. Call any of our 3 convenient locations today to set up an appointment time!

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