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Is a 14-Year Old Eligible for Invisalign?

Getting braces is a big step for a teenager, and one that they may feel nervous about. 

Traditional braces have some well-known drawbacks. They include pain, discomfort, and having to avoid certain foods. Often the biggest factor for self-conscious teens is how braces impact their appearance. So you and your teen may be wondering if Invisalign, which is a much more subtle and comfortable device for straightening teeth, is an option. 

The answer is yes! Invisalign has products that are customized for a range of ages, including younger patients whose mouths are still a work in progress. Invisalign devices for teenagers are specifically created for patients who have all their permanent teeth, but who are young enough that their teeth can still be moved with relative ease.

What to consider when choosing Invisalign 

There are a couple of things to consider when deciding if Invisalign is right for your teenager.

One key factor to ensuring a good outcome with Invisalign is consistency. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign braces are removable. The device won’t work if it’s not used correctly and for the required amount of time. 

The best candidates for Invisalign are teens who can be disciplined and responsible about wearing it. They should know upfront that the devices are designed to be worn for about 22 hours every single day. This is the amount of time that’s needed to exert the necessary pressure on the teeth to move them into place. Invisalign Teen can be specialized for adolescent patients as well.

If the device isn’t worn accordingly, it could take much longer to straighten teeth or it may not have the desired outcome, which would be costly and disappointing. 

As a parent, you play a role, too. You must be willing to supervise how well your teen complies with the treatment plan. Invisalign braces come with a feature that allows you to monitor your teen’s use of them. When the device has been worn for the appropriate amount of time, a small, blue dot will appear on it.

Maintaining the Results

After their Invisalign treatment is finished, teens will have to protect their new smile by wearing a retainer that allows their teeth to settle into their new position. This usually entails wearing a retainer around the clock at first and then gradually shortening the time to just at night. 

Find Out More

Are you interested in exploring Invisalign options for your teen? Schedule a consultation with us.