Invisalign for Teens in NYC
Jennifer Stachel Orthodontics provides Invisalign services for teens in New York City. Named the best orthodontist in NYC, Dr. Stachel is committed to giving you the perfect smile. Call 212-877-7177 today to schedule your appointment.
While metal braces were once the gold standard for straightening teeth, and are still popular today, many teens prefer not to show off a mouthful of metal. Invisalign uses clear, smooth, medical grade aligners to gently shift teeth into place. Invisalign Teen meets the needs of many active teenagers today.
What Is Invisalign Teen?
Like Invisalign for adults, Invisalign Teen is a unique approach to straightening teeth. You will wear each set of custom-crafted aligners for one or two weeks (according to our instructions), and then change to the next set at home. We will see you for monitoring appointments just once every six to twelve weeks.
Invisalign Teen: Designed for Teens
Invisalign teen has a number of features that were designed specifically with teens in mind. These include:
Complimentary Replacements: Teens have a lot going on, and it is easy for things to get lost. Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners. While it is important to keep track of your aligners, both you and your parents will have peace of mind knowing that if an aligner goes missing, it won’t cost extra to replace it.
Room for Growing Teeth: Many teens straighten their teeth while they are still growing. It can be challenging to fix alignment issues in a mouth that is always changing, but Invisalign Teen has a special feature that allows it to guide new molars into just the right position.
Ability to Move Roots: To fix your alignment issues, we may need to move the roots of some or all of your teeth. Invisalign Teen can gently make these shifts, allowing your finished smile to be as perfect as possible.
Usage Indicators: A huge advantage of Invisalign Teen is that you can take your aligners out as desired to eat your favorite foods or brush and floss your teeth. But busy teens sometimes forget to put their aligners back in. Invisalign Teen aligners have built-in indicators to show you, your parents, and your orthodontist whether you are using the system properly.
Benefits of Invisalign Teen
Like Invisalign for adults, Invisalign Teen has quite a few benefits over traditional braces.
3-D Modeling: The first stage of treatment is to create a 3-D model of your smile and morph it to show you what to expect throughout treatment, including the results. If you like to know what you are getting into ahead of time, Invisalign Teen is a better solution than braces.
Looks and Comfort: Teen life is filled with opportunities to show off, from first dates to college interviews to prom photos. Invisalign Teen is virtually invisible, allowing you to smile confidently in all situations.
In addition, Invisalign Teen’s smooth aligners have no sharp edges to poke or scratch your mouth. They gently shift your teeth into position rather than relying on harsh, painful adjustments. Having the attachments placed can be slightly uncomfortable, but most teens report little or no pain after that.
Daily Life: Teens are so busy that it can be tough to squeeze anything else into the day. Metal braces require frequent orthodontist visits for adjustments, as well as emergency appointments if anything goes wrong such as a popped wire or loose bracket. In addition, braces require you to learn a whole new way of caring for your teeth, and numerous foods are off-limits.
Invisalign’s removable aligners let you maintain control of your life. You can pop them out whenever you like to eat your favorite foods and to brush and floss your teeth. When it’s time to switch to the next set, just remove the old ones and pop in the new in the comfort of your own home. You only need to see us once every four to six weeks.
Invisalign Teen Pricing and Insurance Info for Parents
Braces used to be much cheaper than Invisalign, but this is not always true today. Upgrades such as fashion colors or different materials increase the price of braces. You must also consider the cost of adjustments, as well as any emergency visits that might be needed. Invisalign’s pricing model includes all sets of aligners (including up to six replacements) and all orthodontist visits.
Dental insurance is not standardized, and different plans have different coverage. Some cover Invisalign as well as braces, while others do not. Annual coverage limits also vary widely between policies. Our office staff will help you understand the coverage you have and what your out of pocket costs will be.
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Invisalign Teen FAQs
How long does it take to straighten teeth with Invisalign Teen?
The length of time needed to straighten teeth with Invisalign Teen depends on the amount of orthodontic correction needed, but most patients complete treatment within 12 to 18 months. It’s important to keep in mind that Invisalign aligners only work when you’re wearing them. When patients take their aligners out often and leave them out for extended periods of time, their treatment time will take longer.
How painful is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen isn’t painful, but there are times when it’s uncomfortable. You’ll experience the most discomfort right after getting your first set of aligners; your teeth will need to adjust to the feeling of the constant pressure needed to move them to their new positions in your mouth. Whenever you switch to a new set of aligners, you’ll experience a feeling of tightness for a day or two.
Is Invisalign Teen worth the money?
Yes, there are so many benefits of the Invisalign Teen system that all of our patients (and their parents!) feel that it’s worth the money. Invisalign Teen allows you to achieve a beautiful smile without the inconvenience of metal braces.
Can I eat with Invisalign in?
No, you should always remove your aligners before you eat. That’s one of the benefits of Invisalign Teen—the aligners can be removed whenever you eat, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods. Eating with your aligners in can damage them and also leave you susceptible to cavities.
Can Invisalign Teen pull down teeth?
Yes, Invisalign Teen has special attachments that can pull teeth down. With advances in Invisalign technology, there aren’t many orthodontic conditions that Invisalign can’t treat these days!
What if I don’t wear Invisalign Teen for 22 hours a day?
If you go a day or two without hitting that 22 hour mark, your treatment won’t be impacted. The problem is if you make a habit of doing that. If you don’t wear your aligners as instructed, you’ll be lengthening your treatment time.
Can you tell when someone is wearing Invisalign Teen?
If someone is standing very close to you and looking directly at your teeth, it’s possible they might notice your aligners. In most circumstances, though, no one will notice that you’re wearing Invisalign Teen—not even in selfies! Your aligners are made with clear, thin plastic that fits flush against your teeth. They’re designed to be unobtrusive and invisible.