To make a great first impression, you need to have straight teeth.

It’s proven that people with a great smile are perceived as being smarter and more attractive. Of course, being smart has nothing to do with looks.

But, don’t you want to send your teen out into the world with the best chance at success possible?

For decades, the only solution for misaligned teeth was metal braces. This procedure was as painful for your wallet as it was on your kid’s mouths. Now Invisalign is on the market and everything has changed.

Invisalign is a removable plastic aligner that works just as well as metal braces. However, they’re very discrete and a lot less painful to wear.

Does your teen need braces, but doesn’t like the idea of a mouth full of metal? Invisalign is a great option. Here are 7 frequently asked questions parents ask about Invisalign for teens.

1. How Much More Expensive Is Invisalign?

When Invisalign first came on the market it seemed like it was just a luxury item. The way for rich families to straighten their kid’s teeth. Metal braces were for the middle class.

That has changed in recent years. Invisalign is now pretty much the same price as metal braces. It can also be covered with most insurances plans. Consult with your orthodontist on the final prices and coverage.

More likely than not, Invisalign will not be more expensive than metal braces.

2. Why Is Invisalign Better Than Metal Braces?

Invisalign doesn’t work better than metal braces. They are both equally effective. However, Invisalign does have some key advantages over that old fashion method.

Metal braces will stay on your teen’s teeth for as long as two years. That’s two years of unsightly metal obscuring their smile. Not to mention the painful tightenings that happen every few months.

Invisalign can be taken out, giving your teen’s mouth some much-needed freedom. That means they can remove them for a moment for school pictures. They won’t have to go to the bathroom to floss their braces after lunch in the cafeteria.

Invisalign helps teens avoid a lot of embarrassment and inconveniences.

3. How Long Will My Teen Have To Wear Invisalign?

Your teen will be wearing the Invisalign aligners for an average of twenty-two hours a day. This is the best way their teeth will be gently guided into place in the shortest amount of time.

Twenty-two hours a day does allot two hours of freedom for your teen. That freedom is usually for eating and oral care. They will also want to remove their Invisalign aligners while playing contact sports.

4. What if My Teen Loses Their Invisalign Aligners?

Teens are known for losing things. When you were their age you probably lost a retainer or two.

There’s always a chance that they’ll lose it while they take it out to eat or play soccer. Luckily, you can easily get a replacement aligner by contacting your orthodontist.

In general, this will cost around $50-$100. Tell your teen the next time they lose one they have to pay for it. That might get them to keep a better eye on it!

However, it most night cost you anything at all. Your orthodontist might decide that you had the lost aligner on long enough. Then they can just skip to the next set a little ahead of schedule.

5. What Are The Dietary Restrictions For Invisalign?

With metal braces, there are quite a few dietary restrictions. The metal is fragile, and any sticky food puts you at risk for pulling them off or dislodging spacers.

Any food that could get lodged in your braces is off limits. Eating corn straight off the cob is a no-no. Good luck getting popcorn kernels out from between your teeth and wires.

With Invisalign, you have no dietary limits. Your teen will take them out to eat, so there’s no risk of damaging the aligners with food.

6. Will The Treatment Be Painful For My Teen?

Metal braces are pretty uncomfortable. Getting them on is simple enough, but the wires that poke at the tender inside of the mouth can cause sores.

The orthodontist can try to adjust this. However, sometimes the only solution is to put a tiny piece of wax over the sharp edges.

Invisalign is smooth, so your teen doesn’t have to worry about wires poking them. If they trip and hit their mouth, Invisalign won’t cut them like metal braces can.

The most discomfort they’ll feel is the tightness of the aligner as it shifts their teeth.  Their jaw might feel a little tender the first day or two that they get a new aligner. This is a similar feeling to what it’s like getting metal braces tightened.

An Ibuprofen and a milkshake will be enough to treat the mild soreness.

7. What Do I Look For In An Invisalign Provider?

Look for someone with a lot of experience specifically with Invisalign. You might have a recommendation for a great orthodontist. But, if their practice is largely based on metal braces, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

The aligners only do a small part of the job that is straightening your teen’s teeth. The treatment plan your provider puts together is what is really doing the heavy lifting. With Invisalign, it’s not a one size fits all method.

Invisalign For Teens Is A Great Alternative To Braces

It’s hard enough being in high school. Don’t pile on a two-year sentence of living with metal braces.

Invisalign for teens is a great option for straight teeth without dealing with discomfort and embarrassment.

Give your kids the confidence to take on the world! If you would like to get Invisalign for your teen contact us for a consultation.