Clear Aligners for Teens

At Wedding Thompson Orthodontics, we understand that patients all across Owensboro want to look their best. Teenagers are no exception. If anything, we’ve discovered that teenagers feel more duress than just about anyone about their appearance. We are experts in tooth transformation and realignment. While some teen patients might require braces, Dr. Wedding and Dr. Thompson have applied more sets of clear aligners than anyone can count. We recommend Invisalign for teens, as we’ve found that it has fantastic results.

Can Teens Wear Clear Aligners?

Without question! Invisalign clear aligners work well for patients of all ages. Kids, teens, and adults can all benefit from wearing clear aligners. No two smiles are the same. Therefore, all treatment plans will be different. At Wedding Thompson Orthodontics, we’ve treated dozens of teens with Invisalign. If you’re a teen or the parent of a teen, we’d love to help you too!

How Do Clear Aligners Compare With Regular Braces?

Clear aligners are indeed an orthodontic appliance. Their purpose is to straighten teeth over a period of time. Like traditional braces, a patient may have to wear Invisalign clear aligners for an extended period. In those ways, clear aligners are similar to conventional braces. But to call them the same would be inaccurate. Braces, whether metal or clear, have brackets and wires.

Additionally, Dr. Wedding and Dr. Thompson will likely recommend orthodontic treatment to fix a bad bite. You may hear him use the term “malocclusion.” Invisalign can be used to treat malocclusion and in some cases, more quickly!

What Else Can Clear Aligners Do?

Clear aligners work more like a retainer than braces. You can take them off to eat or brush your teeth. Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you have the bonus of taking them out when you have a meal or get ready to brush and floss.

Dr. Wedding and Dr. Thompson design sets of customized acrylic clear aligners for each specific set of teeth. Each aligner is composed of smooth, sleek, and virtually unseeable plastic. Wedding Thompson Orthodontics uses a digital scanner to analyze your bite, leading to a tailored aligner. We do all this without requiring yucky trays and impressions. Dr. Wedding and Dr. Thompson then generate a unique plan for your teeth. Next, you’ll receive your complete set of aligners a few weeks later. The entire clear aligner treatment process varies depending on the complexity of a patient’s treatment.

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Are Clear Aligners Only for Minor Cases?

Braces still seem like the best option to many, but the truth is that Invisalign works just as well in nearly all orthodontic cases. In some situations, it’s an even better treatment than traditional braces. If you’re wondering if it will work for you, the answer is probably yes – ask us!

Are Clear Aligners Hard to Clean?

Not at all! Aligners are just as easy to clean as your teeth. During your initial aligner delivery, one of our experience technicians will show you exactly how to clean your Invisalign clear aligner. Make sure that whatever you’re using to clean your aligner is designed for that purpose. Dr. Wedding and Dr. Thompson recommend soaking your aligners a 1:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water for 10 minutes and use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean.  If all else fails, opt for a gentle clear soap. Remember to keep your toothpaste away — toothpaste can scratch aligners.

What About Price?

Wedding Thompson Orthodontics understands budget constraints. In any circumstance, patients come first. Dr. Wedding and Dr. Thompson will only offer treatment plans a patient will actually benefit from. We don’t believe in surprise charges or hidden fees.

With that in mind, sometimes people are intimidated by anything described as “state-of-the-art.” To many folks, that’s just another word for “expensive.” Dr. Wedding, Dr. Thompson, and our staff will be happy to discuss flexible payments options.

Will My Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Suppose your insurance provider covers dental and orthodontic interventions. In that case, you can use it to help with either Invisalign or regular braces. The team at Wedding Thompson Orthodontics in Owensboro works with most Kentucky insurance companies. We’ll check and double-check any benefits you’re entitled to. Furthermore, we’re happy to talk with you about a payment plan that fits your budget.

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Come Visit Us Today

Invisalign clear aligners work great for teen smiles. At Wedding Thompson Orthodontics, we’ve even recommended them to our own families. The results we’ve witnessed speak for themselves. Schedule a free consultation to find out more about how Invisalign can help you. Visit us here to schedule.