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Orthodontics For Teens With Invisalign

Are you a teenager who wants a straighter smile without a mouth full of metal? Then Invisalign Teen may be just the solution you’re looking for. Waukegan area orthodontist Dr. Paul Kattner is a provider of Invisalign Teen, a version of Invisalign clear aligners made specifically for teenagers and young adults. Even though many teenagers still choose traditional braces as their preferred orthodontic treatment, more and more are asking their orthodontists about Invisalign Teen and what it can do for them.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

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Invisalign straightens teeth through a series of custom-made clear aligners that fit over your teeth and are worn for two weeks before moving on to the next set. Each aligner is to be worn 22 hours a day, meaning that you may take it out for meals, brushing your teeth, and important social interactions/occasions. The aligners gently move teeth into their proper places gradually over time. At the end of Invisalign Teen treatment you’re left with a perfect smile -- without the need for any wires or brackets!

Invisalign Teen aligners also have “compliance indicators,” which are colored dots that fade over time as the aligners are worn. These indicators show whether or not you've followed the orthodontic treatment plan. Plus, these aligners come with “eruption tabs” built in that are designed to hold space for teeth that have not yet fully erupted.

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Why Invisalign Teen?

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign products is that they are made to be removed whenever necessary. This means Invisalign Teen treatment offers a number of benefits in comparison to traditional braces:

  • Diet: Patients who use Invisalign are not bound by restrictions on foods that they can or cannot eat.
  • Hygiene: Since Invisalign is removable, patients can easily floss and brush their teeth without anything getting in the way.
  • Comfort: Invisalign realigns teeth without the need for brackets or wires, meaning that Invisalign patients don’t have the discomfort of metal rubbing against the inside of their mouths.
  • Appearance: Many teenagers hide their braces for school portraits or family photos with a closed smile. As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn -- meaning patients can comfortably show off their biggest smile for the camera and social events.

Is Invisalign Teen For Me?

While traditional metal braces still work best in some orthodontic situations, Invisalign Teen can correct most common tooth alignment problems that teens and tweens face: 

  • Overbites and underbites
  • Gaps
  • Overlapping and crowded teeth

Contact Your Invisalign Teen Provider In Beach Park & Zion, IL

Of course, we at Kattner Orthodontics know that every patient is different, so a consultation is necessary to determine the best treatment option for your orthodontic needs. If you’d like to be evaluated as a possible candidate for Invisalign Teen, please contact our Waukegan office to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We’re more than happy to discuss this treatment option with you and answer any questions you might have.

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