Invisalign Teen was created for a teenager whose active lifestyle doesnâ€™t work well with traditional braces. But even more than that, Invisalign had PARENTS in mind! Thatâ€™s right. As a parent myself, I always had two concerns with teenagers wearing Invisalign: 1) They may lose or break them; 2) Theyâ€™re so clear, how do I know they have them in? The answer to question #1 is that Invisalign Teen allows each patient to LOSE or BREAK up to 6 aligners (clear plastic trays that are worn), and there is NO CHARGE to replace them! And the answer to question #2 is that each aligner has a little blue dot that covers the last tooth (molar). This blue dot is actually a â€œwear indicatorâ€ that gradually turns clear over the course of two weeks (which is how long each aligner is worn in the series of aligners). So each week, have your Teen show you their aligner before they go to the next one. If there is still a blue dot, they havenâ€™t worn it!!!
At Carter Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen for the same fee as our braces! As a cost-conscious parent myself, I want the best for my kids as much as anyone. If I can get the highest quality and technology too, thatâ€™s a HUGE BONUS! So, we offer the choice of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen at the same fee as our Damon System braces (which are also super high tech). That way, the only REAL decision a parent or patient has to make is â€œWill my Teen wear the aligners for the entire treatment?â€ I can tell you from being one of the leading providers in the country, that most Teens who REALLY want them REALLY wear them! If youâ€™d like to hear more about how Invisalign Teen could benefit your Teen, call us (706.650.0468)Â for a FREE consultation. See you soon!
By Dr. David Carter
The Invisalign and Invisalign Teen process is possibly the highest form of orthodontic technology I have seen. The first step is we take a very EXACT model (impression) of your teeth. We then send these models to Invisalign, and they create a 3-D model that is then sent back to me over secure internet. I then take the 3-D model and actually TREAT the teeth in VIRTUAL REALITY (so to speak). Once Iâ€™ve completed the treatment, I send the treated 3-D models (called a â€œClinCheckâ€) back to Invisalign. They have a patented process that creates a series of clear plastic trays (called â€œalignersâ€), that moves the teeth over a two week period of time. Each aligner slowly and comfortably moves the teeth just like braces. The obvious difference is that they are REMOVABLE so you can take them out to eat whatever you want! And they can be removed for easy brushing and flossing. And all YOU have to do is wear each aligner about 20 hours per day. Theyâ€™re so comfortable you really wonâ€™t even notice that they are IN!
Today I had an Invisalign Clincheck at Carter Orthodontics. I started my 9th set of trays which now include rubber bands. To correct my overbite, I need a rubber band on the left side to pull my lower jaw forward. Dr. Carter said I would only be wearing it for a few months. They added two attachments to my teeth, one on the top and one on the bottom. They are like small hooks for the rubber band to attach to. Placing the attachments on my teeth was a very simple process. It was not as involved as the first set of attachments I received. The Clinic Manager, Cheryl, did have to customize my aligners to fit around the attachments, but that only took a few minutes. Cheryl said that I should change my rubber band each time I remove and insert my aligners to make sure the rubber band strength is maintained.
After wearing the new set of Invisalign aligners with the rubber band for one day, I can definitely feel the movement of my jaw. Nothing a little Advil can’t handle. I get excited when I feel this soreness. I know that sounds crazy, but it means my teeth are moving to where they are supposed to be and my new smile is right around the corner.
Take a look at some photos I took of the rubber band in my mouth. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.) You can’t really see the rubber band when I’m talking. Maybe if I open my mouth real wide in surprise or something. Let me know what you think or if you have questions. ~ Melissa
Katherine Heigl, who is most known for her character as Izzy Stevens in the hit drama series Greyâ€™s Anatomy, is one celebrity that has worn Invisalign to straighten her teeth. She is married to Josh Kelley, a singer/songwriter from Augusta, GA. In preparation for her wedding, she decided to do Invisalign because she wanted straight teeth in her wedding photos.
Victoriaâ€™s Secret spokesperson Gisele BÃ¼ndchen told Elle magazine her beauty secrets which included wearing Invisalign!
Here is a video with a TV news reporter wearing Invisalign on camera:
Itâ€™s been widely rumored that Tom Cruise and even Oprah have worn Invisalign (Rumored, since no one could tell they had them on!). Invisalign is not just for the rich and famous. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. Call Dr. Carter today (706.650.0468) to schedule a Free Invisalign consultation or Click Here to schedule an appointment online.