What Teens Should Know about Invisalign

Life as a teenager can be tough. There are a lot of pressures at school, in sports and with friends. Not to mention, there’s extra pressure to look your best! Getting braces can only add to the pressures a teen faces. But there are treatment options available to teenagers that are more convenient than traditional braces. Your teen should be able to go about their day with confidence while their smile is improved.


Our experts in orthodontics can discuss Invisalign Teen with you as a better alternative. Invisalign aligners are designed to improve the smile without interrupting a teen’s life. They are completely removable and virtually invisible.  Teens can continue to enjoy sports, foods and other activities without the interruption of traditional braces. The brackets and wires can be distracting especially on the field. Teens playing sports may feel the brackets hit the inside of their mouths, which can be painful. But with Invisalign, there’s no need to worry.


The clear plastic aligners will fit right over your teen’s teeth. Then, they will gradually move and shift the teeth into place. The aligners are removed for eating, drinking and brushing teeth. The aligners will be switched out for new ones about every two weeks as the teeth move and shift into place. Watch as their smile is transformed! The SmartTrack material speeds up this process by 50%.


Oral hygiene is still very important for your teen. Make sure they brush and floss at least twice a day for two minutes. Best part is, the aligners can be removed, and so your teen doesn’t have to worry about flossing in between brackets and wires. The aligners can also be cleaned with lukewarm water before bedtime and after brushing. There are so many benefits to having properly aligned teeth. According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth carries many benefits beyond a confident smile. With Invisalign, your teen can reduce their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, jaw problems and increased wear on the tooth enamel.


Talk to our experts about the best options available to your teen. Schedule a consultation so we can see if Invisalign is right for them. The length of your teen’s Invisalign process will depend on their specific case. We can go over their case and make sure to match them with the best system.

How Long Does Invisalign Express Treatment Last?

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Invisalign is the top choice for patients who require orthodontic treatment. Invisalign straightens teeth, corrects the bite, and fixes spacing issues. The treatment is comprised of clear, plastic aligners shaped similar to mouth guards. These aligners are see-through enough to allow patients discretion during their treatment, and seamless enough for comfort. Regular Invisalign treatment takes about fifteen months to complete, but Invisalign Express is also available for some patients.

Invisalign Express is perfect for those with only minor orthodontic issues needing correction. Express can correct the same issues Invisalign Full can, but only those that are within a certain extent. For example:

• Minimal rotation of the incisors, cuspids, and bicuspids
• Less than two millimeters of gaps or crowding per arch
• Less than two millimeters of midline correction required
• Less than three millimeters of arch expansion total

This treatment option is appreciated by patients who wish to perfect their smile before a significant event in their life, such as a graduation or big birthday. Express requires only about ten aligners over the course of six months, compared to the twenty or thirty aligners needed for Full. Our Invisalign Express dentist in Los Angeles can inform you if you are a candidate for this treatment at a consultation appointment.