Invisalign Teen: Is It Right For You?

Invisalign Teen for Healthy Smiles

What Is Invisalign Teen Treatment?

Invisalign Teen™ treatment is a specialized treatment plan for young smiles, created by the world’s leading creator of orthodontic clear aligners. Using the same state-of-the-art materials and cutting-edge technology as traditional Invisalign aligners, Invisalign Teen aligners are clinically optimized for the growing mouths of teenagers and provide beautiful smiles with effective, lasting results.

What’s the Invisalign Teen Difference?

Invisalign Teen Aligners Traditional Braces
Price $2,500-$8,000 $1,700-$6,000
Treatment Length 6-36 months 1-3 years
Removable Yes No
Clinically-developed SmartTrack™ Material Yes No
Discreet and Nearly Invisible When Worn Yes No
Office Visits Every 6 weeks-3 months Every 4 to 8 weeks
Emergency Visits Rare More Likely
Expedited Treatment Option Yes No
Food Restrictions No Yes
Cleaning/Maintenance Easy: remove for meals, wash aligners More complex: food restrictions, wires and brackets can collect food or debris
Potential for Damage during Sports? Low High

How Much Does Invisalign Teen Treatment Cost?

Invisalign Teen treatment costs vary depending on the specific condition and severity of the case, but treatment ranges from $2,500 to $8,000. Insurance and health savings accounts can help lower the cost of clear aligner treatment, and monthly payment plans can also make costs more manageable.

Look for promotional savings like back-to-school discounts, sibling or family packages, and sign-up offers to further lower costs.

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What Age Is Right for Invisalign Teen Treatment?

Teens can begin Invisalign Teen treatment once the majority of their permanent (adult) teeth have grown in, usually around 12 to 13 years old. Invisalign Teen aligners are an excellent treatment option for teens of all ages. For younger smiles, there is Invisalign First™ treatment, which is specially designed for early orthodontic intervention for children with a mix of baby and adult teeth.

What is the Difference Between Invisalign Treatment and Invisalign Teen Treatment?

Invisalign Teen treatment works in the same way as traditional Invisalign treatment: using state-of-the-art iTero 3D scanning and digital modeling, your orthodontist designs a unique treatment plan with a series of discreet, nearly-invisible clear aligners.

Invisalign Teen™ aligners are made of the same patented SmartTrack™ material, which is clinically proven to straighten teeth faster and with more predictability.

One big advantage of Invisalign Teen treatment is that it comes with 6 free replacement aligners! Since teenagers may be more likely to misplace their aligners, the cost of your care comes included with free replacements so you don’t have to worry about lost or damaged aligners.

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What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Teen Treatment?

Invisalign Teen treatment has many benefits over metal braces, and it has quickly become one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options for kids and adults. Many orthodontists report that the majority of their teenage patients now request Invisalign Teen aligners!

  • 1They're Removable

    Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, making them easy to care for, easy to clean, and require zero food restrictions — eat all the candy and popcorn you want without worrying about it breaking your brackets or getting caught under your wires (just remember to brush your teeth!)

  • 2They're Discreet

    The discreet, nearly-invisible look of Invisalign Teen aligners is optimal for the smile-conscious selfie generation. Many teens post photos on social media and prefer Invisalign aligners to the “metal mouth” of metal braces.

  • 3TThey're Effective

    Invisalign Teen treatment is just as effective as braces and may even be more effective than braces for treating certain conditions, like open bite and overbite.

Are Invisalign Teen Aligners Better Than Mail-Order Aligners?

The Invisalign system is one brand of clear aligners. Other brands offer non-Invisalign clear aligners, which use a similar treatment method but can’t provide the same patented materials and state-of-the-art material as Invisalign treatment. Some of these brands offer DIY mail-order aligners, which boast that they can correct your smile without any need to see an orthodontist in-office. Unfortunately, these mail-order aligner brands often fail to live up to their claims, and in many cases, they have caused permanent damage to teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists has issued an advisory warning against the use of these companies. For teens interested in a smile with clear aligners, it’s best to put their care in the hands of a licensed, experienced Invisalign doctor, where in-office visits ensure treatment works properly and creates healthy, long-lasting results.
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Where Can I Get Invisalign Teen Aligners?

Your local Invisalign doctor usually offers Invisalign Teen aligners, especially for adolescents. For lower prices and effective results, look for an experienced orthodontist in a free-standing orthodontic facility.

You can find an experienced Invisalign doctor using this locator tool. Diamond Plus or Diamond Invisalign Providers will have the most experience and treat a higher volume of Invisalign patients, leading to lower costs for your family.