Invisalign Teen

For over 40 years, Loeb Orthodontics has been making smiles beautiful by providing the most comfortable and effective orthodontic treatment available today. Our doctors utilize various treatment options, such as traditional, clear, and lingual braces, as well as Invisalign transparent aligners for teens and adults. Our enthusiastic team treats patients from Oakland and the surrounding areas of Franklin Lakes, Wayne and Wyckoff, NJ.

About Invisalign Teen

There's a new technology that's putting a smile on plenty of young faces: a system of clear, removable aligners made especially for teens called Invisalign Teen®. If you (or your teenager) are a candidate for this treatment, you might find it is the best fit for your lifestyle: It lets you eat what you want, makes it easier to clean your teeth — and best of all, it's virtually invisible.

Is a clear aligner right for you? It all depends on what kind of orthodontic treatment you need. Traditional metal braces still work best in some situations — and you might be surprised to find that they're still a popular option for many teenagers. But now that aligners are being designed specifically for teens, more are choosing them every day.

What is a clear aligner? An aligner is a thin plastic covering or "tray" that fits over your top and/or bottom teeth. Wearing a series of these aligners will gradually move your teeth into better positions. How do they work? Aligners are custom-made with the help of a computer program that takes into account exactly where your teeth are now, and how they need to be moved. Each aligner, worn for approximately two weeks, moves your teeth a limited amount, until you are ready to move to the next aligner, which moves your teeth a little more. Over time, all of the small movements will add up to a big change!

A Clear Distinction

Your aligner is designed to be worn 22 hours a day, allowing you to take it off for meals or important social occasions. Yet even when you're wearing it, it's pretty hard for anyone else to tell it's there — a big difference from metal braces! Plus, it offers other advantages that aren't so easy to see.

One benefit of aligners over traditional braces is that they make your teeth easier to clean. Because they're removable, there's nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances. But brushing and flossing can be much harder to do around the brackets and wires of braces — and oral hygiene often suffers.

Some people also suffer irritation to the cheeks and gums from the metal parts of braces. Fortunately, the plastic of an aligner rarely causes that kind of problem. Plus, you won't have to rush into the dental office to quickly fix a protruding wire or reattach a broken bracket. You won't have to watch what you eat, either, because you'll simply remove the aligner at mealtimes.

An Aligner Just For Teens

Clear aligners for adults have been available for over a decade, but until recently they weren't recommended for teens in most cases. Why not? Chiefly, for two reasons: It was thought that teens wouldn't always wear them for the recommended 22 hours per day; also, since many teens have some permanent teeth still erupting (emerging from below the gums), the precisely planned movement of the teeth might be disturbed.

Luckily, technology has come to the rescue. The first problem is addressed by “compliance indicators” located on the aligners themselves. These colored dots fade over time as the aligners are worn in the mouth, showing whether or not you've followed the plan. To solve the second problem, aligners made especially for teens come with “eruption tabs” built in; they are designed to hold space for teeth that have not yet fully erupted.

Today, more people than ever — both adults and teens — are finding that clear aligners suit their needs best. Are you one of them? Why not come in to our office and ask whether clear aligners could work for you.

Contact Your Local Oakland Invisalign Provider

Whether you are looking to enhance your smile through Invisalign Teen or are just looking into retaining and maintaining your smile, we have the treatment option for you. We take pride in our work and treat patients in Bergen, Passaic, and Morris counties, including the towns of Wayne, Franklin Lakes, and Wyckoff, NJ. Contact us at our Oakland office at (201) 337-3701 to start improving your smile today. We look forward to seeing your smile soon!