Your Teen’s Guide to Invisalign

Welcome to Farnsworth Family Orthodontics. You’re in the right place if you’re a parent or a teen considering orthodontic treatment. Our team of skilled orthodontists— Dr. Farnsworth, Dr. Sorensen, Dr. Brimhall, and Dr. Shelley— are here to guide you through your options. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to personalized care, our doctors serve multiple locations (Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs, NM; Lubbock and San Angelo, TX). This blog aims to help you understand Invisalign as a treatment option for teens comprehensively.

Common Questions Answered

One of the best ways to ease into a new experience is by getting answers to your questions. We’ve compiled some of teens’ and parents’ most common queries about Invisalign. Our doctors are here to provide your insights.

  • How long will the treatment take?
  • The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your teen’s case. For most of our patients, it can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.
  • Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
  • Invisalign can be as effective as conventional braces for most orthodontic issues. The biggest variable? Your success largely depends on your own personal commitment to keeping the aligners in place for the recommended hours each day.
  • Can I drink and eat with the aligners on?
  • We recommend removing your aligners while eating or drinking anything other than water. This helps to prevent staining and potential damage to your clear aligners.
  • Will it affect my speech?
  • Some people experience a slight lisp initially. But this usually goes away as you become accustomed to wearing the aligners.
  • What happens if I lose an aligner?
  • If an aligner is lost, it’s essential to contact our team at Farnsworth Family Orthodontics immediately. Depending on where you are in your treatment cycle, a replacement or a previous set of aligners may be used as a temporary measure.

We hope this clears up some of your initial questions. For more personalized information, schedule a consultation at a Texas or New Mexico location.

Your Teen's Guide to Invisalign

What to Expect at the First Consultation

If you’re considering Invisalign for your teen, the first step is a consultation at Farnsworth Family Orthodontics. Our experienced orthodontists are here to make the process as smooth as possible.

We’ll take digital scans of your teen’s teeth using state-of-the-art technology during this initial visit. These scans are not only quick but also far more comfortable than the traditional putty impressions. Our orthodontists will then evaluate these scans and any necessary X-rays to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option for your teenager.

One of the critical aspects of this consultation is the discussion with your teen’s orthodontist. This is the perfect time to ask any additional questions you may have beyond the common ones we’ve already addressed. Please ask if you’re curious about the cost, the treatment timeline, or what to do in an emergency. We’re here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Before you leave, you’ll receive a customized treatment plan with an estimated duration and a breakdown of costs. We’ll also discuss payment options and insurance coverage to ensure the treatment is as affordable as possible.

Taking the first step towards a new smile is exciting, and we’re thrilled to be part of this journey with you. We have offices in several communities in the area – Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs, Lubbock, and San Angelo. Want to know more? Add a free consultation to your calendar ASAP. That’s the best way to discover if Invisalign clear aligners are optimal for your teen.

Why Consider Invisalign For Your Teen?

If you’re still on the fence about Invisalign, let’s delve into why it’s a popular choice among teens. One of the standout benefits is its near-invisibility, making it a discreet option for image-conscious teenagers. The aligners are also removable, allowing for easier eating and cleaning than traditional braces. Our team at Farnsworth Family Orthodontics are experts in this advanced treatment.

So, how does Invisalign work? The process starts with custom-made aligners that fit snugly over your teen’s teeth. These aligners are made from clear, BPA-free plastic. They are designed to shift the teeth into the desired position gradually. Your teen will then receive a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, following the orthodontist’s treatment plan.

Maintenance and care are straightforward. Our team recommends that you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily for optimal results. Need to eat, brush, or floss? You can easily take out your aligners for regular hygiene or during meals. Cleaning the aligners is simple; rinse them with water and use a soft toothbrush to remove leftover particles. It’s crucial to avoid hot water as it can warp the plastic.

In summary, Invisalign offers convenience, effectiveness, and discretion. These attributes help make it a compelling choice for many teens. With easy maintenance and a treatment plan tailored to your teen’s needs, it’s no wonder Invisalign is gaining popularity.

Your Teen's Guide to Invisalign

Invisalign For Teens At Farnsworth Family Orthodontics

Invisalign offers a modern, effective, and concealed way to achieve a beautiful smile. At Farnsworth Family Orthodontics, Dr. Farnsworth, Dr. Sorensen, Dr. Brimhall, and Dr. Shelley are dedicated to providing personalized orthodontic solutions. With convenient locations in Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs, Lubbock, and San Angelo, top-notch care is always available. If you’re considering Invisalign for your teen, there’s no better time to take the first step. Visit us here to schedule a free consultation. See us in person to further explore this innovative treatment option and get all your questions answered.