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is invisalign appropriate for teens? my teenager needs braces and is lobbying for invisalign over the regular kind. does it work as well for teens, or is it mainly for adult cases?

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Dr. Leopold Weinstein
45 years experience Dentistry
This : This is a process for adult cases and almost never preferred by the dentist unless its for minor tooth movement. While it appears to be attractive since no railroad tracts are in your mouth, people pick this for convenience, it has drawbacks from regular orthodontics. First it can only align the teeth up in the space that is available. Often the teeth are "slenderized" (ground) up to 9mm to get them to fit in your arch. It is far better to use a modern passive alignment process like damon to not only get the teeth straight but to align the facial features more pleasingly. Go on the damon web site and look at the cases with twins. One done with regular ortho the other with damon and you will get an idea of what kind of results to expect.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
This first part of the answer is fine, but the second is false and sensationalized. Damon is simply a type of brace system in order to move the teeth, it does not substitute for a diagnosis. It is up to the orthodontist, not the brace to determine when/where slenderizing may or may not be needed and how to construct the bite for the most pleasing esthetics and facial harmony.
Dec 9, 2012

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