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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. Ryan Tamburrino
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It will move teeth..

The advantage is the vanity aspect only.
Vs. Brackets, it is less precise, requires much more compliance, and is likely more costly. Speak with your orthodontist to determine the needed movements first, then they can discuss treatment options that are appropriate with you. There are a number of ceramic braces types available as well that will still provide for good esthetics.

In brief: It will move teeth..

The advantage is the vanity aspect only.
Vs. Brackets, it is less precise, requires much more compliance, and is likely more costly. Speak with your orthodontist to determine the needed movements first, then they can discuss treatment options that are appropriate with you. There are a number of ceramic braces types available as well that will still provide for good esthetics.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: As well, but

I would not use for your teen.
They tend to lose the retainers, it costs more money, takes longer and is less effective. There isnot the same sigma with teens that adults face with braces which drives their need/desire for invislaign. All that said, we're a preferred provider of invislaign, are in Denver (as you are) and were voted the #1 ortho in CO. Come see us for a free consult!

In brief: As well, but

I would not use for your teen.
They tend to lose the retainers, it costs more money, takes longer and is less effective. There isnot the same sigma with teens that adults face with braces which drives their need/desire for invislaign. All that said, we're a preferred provider of invislaign, are in Denver (as you are) and were voted the #1 ortho in CO. Come see us for a free consult!
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hoax

Clear aligners are 41% effective in resolving malocclusion.
Braces are about 95% effective. Don't waste your money. It's your child's face were talking about. Don't you think if invisalign was the answer that orthodontists would have abandoned braces years ago? Commercials look great. Results published in orthodontic journals are disappointing.

In brief: Hoax

Clear aligners are 41% effective in resolving malocclusion.
Braces are about 95% effective. Don't waste your money. It's your child's face were talking about. Don't you think if invisalign was the answer that orthodontists would have abandoned braces years ago? Commercials look great. Results published in orthodontic journals are disappointing.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Elizabeth Lyons
General Practice

In brief: It works if worn

Invisalign can be a great options for teens, but it needs to be worn as recommended.
Invisalign has the advantage of being removable, this allows for easier brushing and flossing. Invisalign can move the teeth as braces do, but needs to be worn 20-22 hours a day, it should be in all hours of the day and just removed for brushing and eating. For teens compliance is the important factor.

In brief: It works if worn

Invisalign can be a great options for teens, but it needs to be worn as recommended.
Invisalign has the advantage of being removable, this allows for easier brushing and flossing. Invisalign can move the teeth as braces do, but needs to be worn 20-22 hours a day, it should be in all hours of the day and just removed for brushing and eating. For teens compliance is the important factor.
Dr. Elizabeth Lyons
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Invisalign Teen work

The key to success in any orthodontic treatment plan is patient compliance.
Depending on the individual patient needs, invisalign teen may be appropriate. Only a visit with a licensed orthodontic specialist will provide you the answer for your teen.

In brief: Invisalign Teen work

The key to success in any orthodontic treatment plan is patient compliance.
Depending on the individual patient needs, invisalign teen may be appropriate. Only a visit with a licensed orthodontic specialist will provide you the answer for your teen.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Leopold Weinstein
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Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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.
Dr. Andrew Lutzker
Dentistry

In brief: Invisalign

Invisalign can be used on teenagers in some situations.
A complete evaluation by an orthodontist should be performed to see if this is the best treatment option.

In brief: Invisalign

Invisalign can be used on teenagers in some situations.
A complete evaluation by an orthodontist should be performed to see if this is the best treatment option.
Dr. Andrew Lutzker
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