Invisalign® Teen in Laguna Hills, CA
As a teenager, having misaligned teeth can be a source of embarrassment and low self-esteem. Traditional metal braces can also add to this problem, as they’re noticeable and can make social situations uncomfortable. Fortunately, Invisalign® Teen from Laguna Hills dentist Dr. Leif Löberg provides a discreet alternative to traditional orthodontic solutions.
Explore the benefits of Invisalign Teen from Löberg Dental Center and why it’s a popular choice for teenagers looking to straighten their smile. We proudly welcome patients from Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel, CA.
What Is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign® Teen is a clear and removable orthodontic treatment option for teenagers. It uses a series of custom-made clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into the desired position. The aligners are made of a patented thermoplastic material, which is comfortable and gentle on the teeth and gums.
Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next in the series. The length of treatment varies depending on the case’s severity but typically ranges from 6 to 18 months.
Invisalign Teen vs. Traditional Braces
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there are a few options available to straighten teeth, but two of the most common are Invisalign Teen and traditional metal braces. Both options can effectively straighten teeth and improve oral health, but there are key differences to consider when deciding which treatment is best for you or your teenager.
- Natural Appearance: Invisalign Teen uses clear, virtually invisible, removable aligners, while traditional braces use metal brackets and wires that are highly visible. This means that Invisalign Teen may be a better choice for those self-conscious about their appearance.
- Improved Comfort: Traditional braces can be uncomfortable and painful, as the brackets and wires can irritate the mouth and gums. Invisalign® Teen aligners, on the other hand, are made of a smooth and flexible material that’s gentle on the teeth and gums.
- Dietary Restrictions: With traditional braces, certain foods, such as sticky or hard candies, should be avoided as they can damage the brackets and wires. Invisalign Teen, on the other hand, is removable, which means there are no dietary restrictions. Patients can remove their aligners to eat and then put them back in when.
- Improved Oral Hygiene: Traditional braces can make brushing and flossing more difficult, as the brackets and wires can trap food and make it harder to clean the teeth. Invisalign Teen, on the other hand, is removable, which makes brushing and flossing more effective.
- Shortened Treatment Time: Traditional braces are typically worn for 18 to 36 months, while Invisalign Teen treatment ranges from six to 18 months. However, the length of treatment may vary depending on the severity of the case.
The Invisalign Teen Process
Here’s an overview of the Invisalign Teen process:
- Consultation: The first step in the Invisalign Teen process is a consultation with Dr. Löberg. During the consultation, he’ll evaluate the patient's teeth and determine if Invisalign Teen is a good option for them.
- Treatment Plan: If Invisalign Teen is a good fit, your Laguna Hills dentist will create a customized treatment plan. This plan includes a series of aligners that will be worn for a specific amount of time.
- Aligner Fabrication: Once the treatment plan is finalized, the aligners are fabricated using 3D imaging technology. The aligners are made of a clear, smooth, and flexible material designed to fit snugly over the teeth.
- Aligner Fitting: When the aligners are ready, the patient will return to the orthodontist's office for a fitting. Dr. Löberg will make sure that the aligners fit properly and provide instructions on how to wear and care for them.
- Wear and Progress: The aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours and are changed every two weeks, depending on the treatment plan. Each set of aligners gradually moves the teeth into the desired position. Dr. Löberg will schedule periodic check-ins to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.
- Completion: When the final set of aligners is complete, your dentist will evaluate the results to ensure your teeth are aligned. In some cases, the orthodontist may recommend additional treatment, such as a retainer, to help maintain the results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best age for Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is recommended for teenagers with all their permanent teeth, typically around the age of 12 or 13. However, it can be used for patients up to the age of 19. Meet with your dentist to learn if Invisalign Teen is suited for your teen’s orthodontic needs.
What’s the cost of Invisalign Teen?
The cost of Invisalign Teen varies depending on the complexity of the case, the length of treatment, and the location of the orthodontic practice. Many orthodontic offices offer financing options to help make the cost more affordable. It’s also best to contact your dental insurance provider to learn more about your plan’s coverage.
Are there dietary restrictions with Invisalign Teen?
There are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign Teen, as the aligners are removable. However, it’s crucial to remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water to prevent staining and damage to the aligners. Your teen should also brush and floss their teeth before putting their aligners back in.
Can my teen still play sports with Invisalign Teen?
Yes, your teen can still play sports with Invisalign Teen. It’s recommended to wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports to protect the teeth and aligners from damage. Invisalign Teen aligners can be removed during sports activities, but it’s necessary to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours to ensure the best results.
Give Your Teen the Gift of Confidence with Invisalign Teen!
If you or your teen is considering orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen may be a great option. With clear, removable aligners and a comfortable treatment process, Invisalign Teen can help your teen achieve a healthy, beautiful smile without the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional braces.
Contact our Laguna Hills office today at (949) 586-1930 to schedule a consultation and learn if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for you or your teen. You can also book an appointment online by filling out our contact form. Don't wait any longer to start your journey to a confident smile!