Top 3 Reasons to Get Invisalign for Your Teen

Orthodontic issues aren’t just aesthetic problems. Crowding can make it hard to properly floss between teeth — which increases the risk of developing a cavity — and bite issues can contribute to jaw pain. Crooked teeth or gaps can contribute to low self-esteem.

The good news is that orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can address both cosmetic and dental concerns, and your teen can experience this treatment at our Plainsboro, New Jersey office.

Here are the top three reasons why Dr. Samir Patel at Plainsboro Family Dentistry suggests Invisalign for teens.

1. Invisalign delivers discreet (but effective) treatments

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, effectiveness is often one of a parent’s top priorities when evaluating potential treatment options. Your teen, however, may place discreteness as a top priority. Luckily, Invisalign is the perfect fusion of discrete trays and effective treatment plans. 


Each BPA-free tray is clear, and because there’s no need for wires or metal brackets, your teen can feel confident flashing his or her smile. 


A lack of wires doesn’t mean disappointing results. Just like traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment can address orthodontic issues  — such as gaps in teeth. Orthodontic treatment can be proactive, too. For instance, Invisalign treatments can be designed to fix a class II malocclusion in teens. Correcting malocclusion, or a bad bite, prevents future complications from developing. Bad bites can contribute to jaw pain (TMJ disorder) and difficulty eating or chewing if left untreated.

The best part? Your teen won’t have to spend their entire high school career in braces. Although traditional braces have an average treatment length of two years, Invisalign treatments can deliver results sooner. Depending on the severity of the bite issues and other factors, the average Invisalign treatment takes only 12-18 months, with visible results in just a few weeks.

2. Invisalign is more comfortable

Metal braces are notorious for causing mouth sores, lacerations, or even blisters from the wires and brackets. Painful adjustments can also leave your teen stuck with a diet of scrambled eggs, smoothies, and soups for a few days.

It’s no wonder teens don’t look forward to braces!

The good news is that straightening your teeth with Invisalign is a much more comfortable process. The trays themselves are created from SmartTrack®, which is a patented thermoplastic material used solely by Invisalign. Each tray is hand-trimmed to custom-fit your teen’s gums. The smooth tray also eliminates the risk of cheek and/or lip lacerations.

Not only are the trays themselves more comfortable, but the adjustment process is also more comfortable. Instead of tightening wires, your teen simply replaces an old tray with a new aligner tray. As your child progresses through the trays, his or her teeth are gently shifted closer and closer to their ideal location. 

3. Invisalign treatments are custom-designed to meet your teen’s needs

Every teen is different and has unique orthodontic needs. Invisalign trays aren’t a one-size-fits-all tray. Your teen’s aligner trays are made just for him thanks to the advanced 3D images from the iTero Element ®Scanner. Because we use ClinCheck® software, your teen’s treatment plan is laid out clearly from the very first tray to the last one.

Invisalign leaves no stone unturned. A blue indicator dot ensures that your teen wears his or her aligner trays for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. 

To learn more about Invisalign for your son or daughter, call our Plainsboro, New Jersey, office at 609-299-1282, or request an appointment online.

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