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July 9, 2021

Introduction – Invisalign for Teens

There comes a point in your child’s life where getting braces becomes an important conversation topic. Bringing up the “you may need to get braces soon; it’ll be best for your teeth and jaws in the long term” topic isn’t an easy task to navigate.

The concept of braces may seem like a foreign and daunting experience for your teen. The challenge most parents face is motivating them to see the long-term benefits of getting orthodontic treatment. Research shows that most kids’ reluctance to get braces stems from the worry that they may be made fun of by their peers because of the metal ‘train tracks’ fixed onto their teeth. Additionally, pain and long treatment times also contribute greatly towards their unwillingness to commit to this treatment option.

Getting the perfect smile shouldn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable.

Invisalign aims to dispel all the apprehension and anxiety associated with getting your teeth straightened or bite corrected. They are custom-made, clear plastic aligners designed to move your teeth into its desired position. With this innovative technology, your child will have absolutely no insecurities about smiling or letting out a good laugh. They will be able to eat their favourite foods, play sports and instruments without having to worry about anything.

Many parents and children often have a multitude of questions for their dentist about living with and choosing Invisalignis Invisalign treatment painful? How long will my child have to wear these aligners for? Can my child still play his wind instrument with them on?

This guide will touch base on everything you need to know about committing to this treatment option. Read on more to find out!

wearing Invisalign clear aligners

Why is orthodontic treatment important for teens?

The fundamental purpose of orthodontic treatment is to align your teeth and reposition your jaws to create a healthy and functional bite. Correcting the way your teeth meet and come together will enable your child to chew and speak properly, and more importantly, promote better oral and general health.

Evidence suggests that the perfect time to start orthodontic treatment is during the age range of 7-16. This time period is when their jaws are still changing in shape and their jawbone is more flexible, allowing for more efficient tooth movement.

There is so much more to orthodontic treatment than meets the eye.

Here are some reasons why it is essential to have our teeth and jaws in alignment:

  • Contributes to clearer speech,
  •  Makes biting and chewing easier,
  • Allows you to maintain better oral hygiene as brushing your teeth will be made easier,
  • Less likely a cause for dental trauma.

How does Invisalign work on my child’s teeth?

Invisalign realigns your teeth in a very similar way traditional braces move them into its desired position.

Your aligners exert continuous force onto your tooth, and this force sends signals to the bone enabling tooth movement into its required position in the jaw. This shifts your teeth out of misalignment into alignment with every new set of aligners.

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners

What is Invisalign Teens? What are its unique features?

Invisalign Teens is a special orthodontic program designed especially for teenagers.
They take their habits and interests into consideration and have invented a couple of ingenious extra features that set them apart from regular Invisalign aligners.

Compliance plays a mammoth role in ensuring ultimate treatment success, and all Invisalign patients, regardless of age are expected to wear their aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

Compliance Indicators

“My child claims that she wears her aligners for 20-22 hours a day, but how can I really make sure she’s following the dentists’ advice?”

Let’s face it, teenagers are busy people. Their lives revolve around rushing between school, extra-curricular activities and enrichment classes. Remembering to put on their aligners will probably be the last thing on their minds amidst their hectic lives.

Every Invisalign Teen tray comes with ‘blue indicator dots’ that help keep your child in check and ensure they are wearing them as often as they should. The dots fade from blue to colourless if they are wearing them for at least 22 hours a day for a full two weeks.

This resourceful add-on is a foolproof method of ensuring that teenagers commit to the recommended wear times. They won’t be able to get away with cheating this time!

Eruption Tabs

Some teenagers start their Invisalign journey without a complete set of their adult dentition. This is completely normal as different teeth erupt at varying stages of their teenage years.

Eruption tabs are a feature unique to Invisalign teens that compensate for their unerupted canines, premolars or molars. Extra spaces are made in the aligners to guide the unerupted/partially erupting adult teeth into its correct position. They act as ‘placeholders’ for teeth making sure they fall into place in the jaw as planned by the dentist.

Replacement Aligners

What happens if my child loses his aligners? Invisalign has gotten you covered! Your child’s package should allow for the replacement of up to six aligners at no extra cost.

Always encourage your child to keep both of their aligners in their Invisalign pouch or case when they’re not wearing them. If they happen to misplace it, please get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible and they will be able to give advice on the next steps to take.

Happy teen ager holding onto Invisalign clear aligners

Conditions that can be treated with Invisalign Teens

Invisalign teens can treat a wide range of dental and orthodontic conditions. During your child’s initial consultation with their dentist, they will begin by carrying out a full dental examination to understand your child’s needs. From this appointment, your dentist diagnoses the orthodontic treatment, outlines costs, plans and duration of treatment so that you and your child can make a joint informed decision on whether you wish to proceed with Invisalign.

Treatment times vary, depending on the complexity of your child’s case. Some cases can be completed in 6 months, whilst others may take a little bit longer than 24 months.

Invisalign Teens can be used to treat the following occlusal discrepancies:

Overcrowded teeth

Overlapping and crooked teeth makes reaching all surfaces when brushing and flossing difficult for your child, leading to increased plaque accumulation between teeth. This may deteriorate further into bad breath and dental decay.

Spaced teeth

Exaggerated gaps between your teeth allow for food to become stuck, which may result in tooth decay and gum disease. Some teens may also feel insecure about their teeth being too far apart and want the spaces closed.

Overbite

Overbite is a condition where your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth. Severe cases of overbites can lead to soft tissue injury of your lower gums which may cause it to recede, pain originating from your jaw joints, and gum disease.

Underbite

An underbite is a condition where your lower teeth and jaw protrude beyond your upper jaw. This can lead to chronic jaw pain and joint issues in the long term, as well as problems with speech and eating. Underbites are one of the most challenging orthodontic issues to treat, hence requiring longer treatment times to correct this discrepancy.

Overbite

Overbite is a condition where your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth. Severe cases of overbites can lead to soft tissue injury of your lower gums which may cause it to recede, pain originating from your jaw joints, and gum disease.

Crossbite

A crossbite is a type of misalignment where the upper posterior teeth fit inside of the lower posterior teeth (or vice versa). Crossbites need to be corrected as early as possible to prevent irregular wear of the enamel of teeth, and more serious issues such as discrepancies with their jaw and facial growth.

Open bite

An open bite is where your front teeth in the upper and lower jaw don’t meet at all, even when the mouth is shut. This can lead to problems with aesthetics, speech and tooth wear.

What are the benefits of Invisalign Teens?

According to statistics from the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and Align Technology (the company that makes aligners for Invisalign), the volume of Invisalign teen cases has grown at an astonishing rate surpassing the market for adults. As of April 2020, the number of teens that have started treatment with Invisalign hit the 2 million milestone [1].

These numbers have proven that consumer demand for clear plastic aligners are revolutionizing the dental landscape year on year. The driving force for this increase is attributed to the growing culture amongst teens where their self-worth is defined by how others perceive them on social media. Above all, the two main advantages that draw teens to this product are its removability and invisibility.

Parents also play a massive role in their child’s Invisalign journey. They ensure that their children attend their review appointments and remind them to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

Here are some of the biggest advantages of Invisalign teens for both teens and their parents:

Benefit for teens

holding on Invisalign clear aligners

Invisibility & removability

The Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, clear and discreet. No one will be able to notice that you have them on! Additionally, teens can speak, smile and go about their daily lives without the fear and insecurity of being judged by their peers. It is the best confidence booster!

Is your stomach rumbling and cannot wait to devour your lunch in front of you? Removal of your aligners takes seconds and is incredibly convenient!

total convenience with Invisalign treatment

Convenience

Each pair of aligners are worn for two weeks before advancing to the next pair. Your child’s dentist will give you 2-3 pairs to take home with clear instructions and specific dates regarding the intervals of wear.

Changing your aligners is as easy as 123, it is incredibly convenient to remove them and place it on in a matter of seconds.

DRIED FRUITS

No diet restrictions

Teenage years are a time of growth spurts and puberty. With Invisalign, your child can continue to eat the foods they enjoy the most to appease their ravenous appetites.

Don’t forget to remind them to remove their aligners before taking the first bite of their quarter pounder!

Easy maintenance of oral health with clearcorrect clear aligners

Easy to clean & maintain

Your child can brush and floss his/her teeth as per normal without having the extra burden of removing the food stuck in between their metal brackets.

fully custom made Invisalign clear aligners

Custom-made

Invisalign aligners are all 3D printed and custom made for every patient. No one can wear them except for you!

The plastic aligners sit nicely between your teeth and stop right at your gum margins creating an all-round comfortable experience for every wearer.

Minimal inteference when on Invisalign

Minimal interference

Invisalign does not interfere with your teens’ extra-curricular activities. Your child will still be able to play football and practice the flute.

Wearing clear aligners will not affect their performance in sports or music and most importantly, is far less likely to cause trauma to their teeth or soft tissues.

Benefit for parents

Fewer emergencies with Invisalign

Fewer emergency

With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about rushing your child to the dentist because of a missing bracket or a broken orthodontic wire.

Fewer and shorter dental appointments with Invisalign

Fewer and shorter appointments

Invisalign requires far fewer appointments than traditional metal braces. Review times range from 6-8 weeks and each appointment takes around 10-15 minutes. If you are a busy working parent, this option can work in both of your favour as you are not needed at the dentist as often.

What are some of the disadvantages for Invisalign teens?

The only drawback for Invisalign Teens is that it requires a massive amount of discipline and consistency to stay on track. If your teen is still on the fence about whether they can commit to wearing their aligners for at least 20 hours every day, this treatment option might not be for them.

It may be worth explaining the benefits of diligently following the treatment plan so that they have a clearer understanding about the importance of compliance. The end result for Invisalign really depends on how often you have them in your mouth – the longer you have them in, it is more likely that your teeth will move into the right position.

Another aspect of discipline that can potentially be a drawback is ensuring that your child takes his aligners out before eating and drinking beverages other than cold/room temperature water. Drinking coloured or fizzy drinks can damage and discolour the aligners, making them look very unsightly.

tooth pain from Invisalign

Does Invisalign Teen treatment hurt?

One of the most common questions parents and teens have about Invisalign is about pain upon removal and insertion of their aligners. While we can’t promise that the process will be a completely pain-free experience, we can reassure you that it won’t hurt as much as traditional metal braces.

You might experience some discomfort and tenderness especially when changing aligner sets, but this is a clear sign that your teeth are moving in the correct direction. This ‘ache’ will subside within a couple of days and should not affect your daily activities.

Young kid Invisalign first | Invisalign for children

Can children younger than teens have Invisalign braces?

Good news, there is no official minimum age for Invisalign Teen patients! A full assessment of your child’s current dental condition will have to be done prior to starting their Invisalign journey.

It is highly recommended for your child to have as many adult teeth as possible before starting treatment. Some dentists may be skeptical about diving into Invisalign for kids below the age of 12 as they are still in the ‘mixed dentition’ phase, where teeth are in the process of falling out in order to make way for their permanent successor. However, in cases where treatment might be a viable option, there is form of Invisalign designed specifically for younger patients with mixed dentition to get started with called Invisalign First.

Baby teeth have less surface area for the aligners to hold on to in addition, some dentists and parents feel that they may not adhere to the regimen of wearing their aligners 22 hours a day.

In summary, it is generally necessary for teens to have most of their adult teeth to undergo Invisalign treatment.

cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore

How much does Invisalign Teens cost?

Invisalign Teen prices range from S$5,000 – S$10,000. Prices for orthodontics vary throughout different clinics and there are several factors that influence these costs:

  1. Age where you begin treatment;
  2. The amount and extent of treatment required;
  3. Skill and expertise of the dentist/orthodontist;
  4. Insurance benefits.

The costs of Invisalign for your child is a large amount of money to fork out and pay all at once but don’t worry, instalment plans are available at most practices. It is always best to check with the practice regarding their down payment terms and instalment policy before committing to treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about the costs involved with Invisalign treatment, we have a dedicated article that dives deep into the topic.

Smiling teens wearing invisalign

Do teens need parental approval before getting Invisalign?

A person is considered an adult when they officially turn 21. There is no statute law in Singapore that defines the legal age to give consent for any medical or dental procedure [2]. However, parents or guardians of minors should be directly involved in the consent process wherever possible.

The success of Invisalign treatment largely depends on their active involvement and motivation. Throughout the course of the treatment process, it is crucial that the dentist communicates directly with the teenager so that they are able to take ownership of their own Invisalign journey.

Invisalign clear aligners in box

Conclusion: Living With Invisalign

Invisalign is a great option for teenagers who want to improve their smile in the most comfortable way possible, without compromising on their overall appearance. They can go about living their best life without having to make big changes to their diet and manage their oral hygiene in a hassle-free manner, bringing about tremendous ease towards their daily routine.

Just like all removable dental appliances, compliance plays a huge role in paving the ideal results, so if they’re wanting to get their best Insta-worthy smile as soon as possible, the only way to achieve this is to wear them regularly!

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References

  1.   Align. 2021. ALIGN TECHNOLOGY 2 MILLIONTH INVISALIGN® TEEN PATIENT REFLECTS ACCELERATING ADOPTION IN LARGEST SEGMENT OF ORTHODONTIC MARKET. [online] Available at: <https://investor.aligntech.com/news-releases/news-release-details/align-technology-2-millionth-invisalignr-teen-patient-reflects> [Accessed 6 July 2021].

  2. SMA News, 2013. Consent in Medical Practice 3 – Dealing with Persons Lacking Capacity. [online] pp.16-19. Available at: <https://www.sma.org.sg/UploadedImg/files/Publications%20-%20SMA%20News/4508/CMEP.pdf> [Accessed 7 July 2021].
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Introduction – Invisalign for Teens

There comes a point in your child’s life where getting braces becomes an important conversation topic. Bringing up the “you may need to get braces soon; it’ll be best for your teeth and jaws in the long term” topic isn’t an easy task to navigate.

The concept of braces may seem like a foreign and daunting experience for your teen. The challenge most parents face is motivating them to see the long-term benefits of getting orthodontic treatment. Research shows that most kids’ reluctance to get braces stems from the worry that they may be made fun of by their peers because of the metal ‘train tracks’ fixed onto their teeth. Additionally, pain and long treatment times also contribute greatly towards their unwillingness to commit to this treatment option.

Getting the perfect smile shouldn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable.

Invisalign aims to dispel all the apprehension and anxiety associated with getting your teeth straightened or bite corrected. They are custom-made, clear plastic aligners designed to move your teeth into its desired position. With this innovative technology, your child will have absolutely no insecurities about smiling or letting out a good laugh. They will be able to eat their favourite foods, play sports and instruments without having to worry about anything.

Many parents and children often have a multitude of questions for their dentist about living with and choosing Invisalign – is Invisalign treatment painful? How long will my child have to wear these aligners for? Can my child still play his wind instrument with them on?

This guide will touch base on everything you need to know about committing to this treatment option. Read on more to find out!

wearing Invisalign clear aligners

Why is orthodontic treatment important for teens?

The fundamental purpose of orthodontic treatment is to align your teeth and reposition your jaws to create a healthy and functional bite. Correcting the way your teeth meet and come together will enable your child to chew and speak properly, and more importantly, promote better oral and general health.

Evidence suggests that the perfect time to start orthodontic treatment is during the age range of 7-16. This time period is when their jaws are still changing in shape and their jawbone is more flexible, allowing for more efficient tooth movement.

There is so much more to orthodontic treatment than meets the eye.

Here are some reasons why it is essential to have our teeth and jaws in alignment:

  • Contributes to clearer speech,
  •  Makes biting and chewing easier,
  • Allows you to maintain better oral hygiene as brushing your teeth will be made easier,
  • Less likely a cause for dental trauma.

How does Invisalign work on my child’s teeth?

Invisalign realigns your teeth in a very similar way traditional braces move them into its desired position.

Your aligners exert continuous force onto your tooth, and this force sends signals to the bone enabling tooth movement into its required position in the jaw. This shifts your teeth out of misalignment into alignment with every new set of aligners.

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners

What is Invisalign Teens? What are its unique features?

Invisalign Teens is a special orthodontic program designed especially for teenagers.
They take their habits and interests into consideration and have invented a couple of ingenious extra features that set them apart from regular Invisalign aligners.

Compliance plays a mammoth role in ensuring ultimate treatment success, and all Invisalign patients, regardless of age are expected to wear their aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

Compliance Indicators

“My child claims that she wears her aligners for 20-22 hours a day, but how can I really make sure she’s following the dentists’ advice?”

Let’s face it, teenagers are busy people. Their lives revolve around rushing between school, extra-curricular activities and enrichment classes. Remembering to put on their aligners will probably be the last thing on their minds amidst their hectic lives.

Every Invisalign Teen tray comes with ‘blue indicator dots’ that help keep your child in check and ensure they are wearing them as often as they should. The dots fade from blue to colourless if they are wearing them for at least 22 hours a day for a full two weeks.

This resourceful add-on is a foolproof method of ensuring that teenagers commit to the recommended wear times. They won’t be able to get away with cheating this time!

Eruption Tabs

Some teenagers start their Invisalign journey without a complete set of their adult dentition. This is completely normal as different teeth erupt at varying stages of their teenage years.

Eruption tabs are a feature unique to Invisalign teens that compensate for their unerupted canines, premolars or molars. Extra spaces are made in the aligners to guide the unerupted/partially erupting adult teeth into its correct position. They act as ‘placeholders’ for teeth making sure they fall into place in the jaw as planned by the dentist.

Replacement Aligners

What happens if my child loses his aligners? Invisalign has gotten you covered! Your child’s package should allow for the replacement of up to six aligners at no extra cost.

Always encourage your child to keep both of their aligners in their Invisalign pouch or case when they’re not wearing them. If they happen to misplace it, please get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible and they will be able to give advice on the next steps to take.

Happy teen ager holding onto Invisalign clear aligners

Conditions that can be treated with Invisalign Teens

Invisalign teens can treat a wide range of dental and orthodontic conditions. During your child’s initial consultation with their dentist, they will begin by carrying out a full dental examination to understand your child’s needs. From this appointment, your dentist diagnoses the orthodontic treatment, outlines costs, plans and duration of treatment so that you and your child can make a joint informed decision on whether you wish to proceed with Invisalign.

Treatment times vary, depending on the complexity of your child’s case. Some cases can be completed in 6 months, whilst others may take a little bit longer than 24 months.

Invisalign Teens can be used to treat the following occlusal discrepancies:

Overcrowded teeth

Overlapping and crooked teeth makes reaching all surfaces when brushing and flossing difficult for your child, leading to increased plaque accumulation between teeth. This may deteriorate further into bad breath and dental decay.

Spaced teeth

Exaggerated gaps between your teeth allow for food to become stuck, which may result in tooth decay and gum disease. Some teens may also feel insecure about their teeth being too far apart and want the spaces closed.

Overbite

Overbite is a condition where your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth. Severe cases of overbites can lead to soft tissue injury of your lower gums which may cause it to recede, pain originating from your jaw joints, and gum disease.

Underbite

An underbite is a condition where your lower teeth and jaw protrude beyond your upper jaw. This can lead to chronic jaw pain and joint issues in the long term, as well as problems with speech and eating. Underbites are one of the most challenging orthodontic issues to treat, hence requiring longer treatment times to correct this discrepancy.

Overbite

Overbite is a condition where your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth. Severe cases of overbites can lead to soft tissue injury of your lower gums which may cause it to recede, pain originating from your jaw joints, and gum disease.

Crossbite

A crossbite is a type of misalignment where the upper posterior teeth fit inside of the lower posterior teeth (or vice versa). Crossbites need to be corrected as early as possible to prevent irregular wear of the enamel of teeth, and more serious issues such as discrepancies with their jaw and facial growth.

Open bite

An open bite is where your front teeth in the upper and lower jaw don’t meet at all, even when the mouth is shut. This can lead to problems with aesthetics, speech and tooth wear.

What are the benefits of Invisalign Teens?

According to statistics from the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and Align Technology (the company that makes aligners for Invisalign), the volume of Invisalign teen cases has grown at an astonishing rate surpassing the market for adults. As of April 2020, the number of teens that have started treatment with Invisalign hit the 2 million milestone [1].

These numbers have proven that consumer demand for clear plastic aligners are revolutionizing the dental landscape year on year. The driving force for this increase is attributed to the growing culture amongst teens where their self-worth is defined by how others perceive them on social media. Above all, the two main advantages that draw teens to this product are its removability and invisibility.

Parents also play a massive role in their child’s Invisalign journey. They ensure that their children attend their review appointments and remind them to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

Here are some of the biggest advantages of Invisalign teens for both teens and their parents:

Benefit for teens

holding on Invisalign clear aligners

Invisibility & removability

The Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, clear and discreet. No one will be able to notice that you have them on! Additionally, teens can speak, smile and go about their daily lives without the fear and insecurity of being judged by their peers. It is the best confidence booster!

Is your stomach rumbling and cannot wait to devour your lunch in front of you? Removal of your aligners takes seconds and is incredibly convenient!

total convenience with Invisalign treatment

Convenience

Each pair of aligners are worn for two weeks before advancing to the next pair. Your child’s dentist will give you 2-3 pairs to take home with clear instructions and specific dates regarding the intervals of wear.

Changing your aligners is as easy as 123, it is incredibly convenient to remove them and place it on in a matter of seconds.

DRIED FRUITS

No diet restrictions

Teenage years are a time of growth spurts and puberty. With Invisalign, your child can continue to eat the foods they enjoy the most to appease their ravenous appetites.

Don’t forget to remind them to remove their aligners before taking the first bite of their quarter pounder!

Easy maintenance of oral health with clearcorrect clear aligners

Easy to clean & maintain

Your child can brush and floss his/her teeth as per normal without having the extra burden of removing the food stuck in between their metal brackets.

fully custom made Invisalign clear aligners

Custom-made

Invisalign aligners are all 3D printed and custom made for every patient. No one can wear them except for you!

The plastic aligners sit nicely between your teeth and stop right at your gum margins creating an all-round comfortable experience for every wearer.

Minimal inteference when on Invisalign

Minimal interference

Invisalign does not interfere with your teens’ extra-curricular activities. Your child will still be able to play football and practice the flute.

Wearing clear aligners will not affect their performance in sports or music and most importantly, is far less likely to cause trauma to their teeth or soft tissues.

Benefit for parents

Fewer emergencies with Invisalign

Fewer emergency

With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about rushing your child to the dentist because of a missing bracket or a broken orthodontic wire.

Fewer and shorter dental appointments with Invisalign

Fewer and shorter appointments

Invisalign requires far fewer appointments than traditional metal braces. Review times range from 6-8 weeks and each appointment takes around 10-15 minutes. If you are a busy working parent, this option can work in both of your favour as you are not needed at the dentist as often.

What are some of the disadvantages for Invisalign teens?

The only drawback for Invisalign Teens is that it requires a massive amount of discipline and consistency to stay on track. If your teen is still on the fence about whether they can commit to wearing their aligners for at least 20 hours every day, this treatment option might not be for them.

It may be worth explaining the benefits of diligently following the treatment plan so that they have a clearer understanding about the importance of compliance. The end result for Invisalign really depends on how often you have them in your mouth – the longer you have them in, it is more likely that your teeth will move into the right position.

Another aspect of discipline that can potentially be a drawback is ensuring that your child takes his aligners out before eating and drinking beverages other than cold/room temperature water. Drinking coloured or fizzy drinks can damage and discolour the aligners, making them look very unsightly.

tooth pain from Invisalign

Does Invisalign Teen treatment hurt?

One of the most common questions parents and teens have about Invisalign is about pain upon removal and insertion of their aligners. While we can’t promise that the process will be a completely pain-free experience, we can reassure you that it won’t hurt as much as traditional metal braces.

You might experience some discomfort and tenderness especially when changing aligner sets, but this is a clear sign that your teeth are moving in the correct direction. This ‘ache’ will subside within a couple of days and should not affect your daily activities.

Young kid Invisalign first | Invisalign for children

Can children younger than teens have Invisalign braces?

Good news, there is no official minimum age for Invisalign Teen patients! A full assessment of your child’s current dental condition will have to be done prior to starting their Invisalign journey.

It is highly recommended for your child to have as many adult teeth as possible before starting treatment. Some dentists may be skeptical about diving into Invisalign for kids below the age of 12 as they are still in the ‘mixed dentition’ phase, where teeth are in the process of falling out in order to make way for their permanent successor. However, in cases where treatment might be a viable option, there is form of Invisalign designed specifically for younger patients with mixed dentition to get started with called Invisalign First.

Baby teeth have less surface area for the aligners to hold on to in addition, some dentists and parents feel that they may not adhere to the regimen of wearing their aligners 22 hours a day.

In summary, it is generally necessary for teens to have most of their adult teeth to undergo Invisalign treatment.

cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore

How much does Invisalign Teens cost?

Invisalign Teen prices range from S$5,000 – S$10,000. Prices for orthodontics vary throughout different clinics and there are several factors that influence these costs:

  1. Age where you begin treatment;
  2. The amount and extent of treatment required;
  3. Skill and expertise of the dentist/orthodontist;
  4. Insurance benefits.

The costs of Invisalign for your child is a large amount of money to fork out and pay all at once but don’t worry, instalment plans are available at most practices. It is always best to check with the practice regarding their down payment terms and instalment policy before committing to treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about the costs involved with Invisalign treatment, we have a dedicated article that dives deep into the topic.

Smiling teens wearing invisalign

Do teens need parental approval before getting Invisalign?

A person is considered an adult when they officially turn 21. There is no statute law in Singapore that defines the legal age to give consent for any medical or dental procedure [2]. However, parents or guardians of minors should be directly involved in the consent process wherever possible.

The success of Invisalign treatment largely depends on their active involvement and motivation. Throughout the course of the treatment process, it is crucial that the dentist communicates directly with the teenager so that they are able to take ownership of their own Invisalign journey.

Invisalign clear aligners in box

Conclusion: Living With Invisalign

Invisalign is a great option for teenagers who want to improve their smile in the most comfortable way possible, without compromising on their overall appearance. They can go about living their best life without having to make big changes to their diet and manage their oral hygiene in a hassle-free manner, bringing about tremendous ease towards their daily routine.

Just like all removable dental appliances, compliance plays a huge role in paving the ideal results, so if they’re wanting to get their best Insta-worthy smile as soon as possible, the only way to achieve this is to wear them regularly!

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Looking to get started on your brand new & improved smile? Speak to our dentists today!

Our team of experienced dentists are fully dedicated to providing patients with high-quality and affordable dental care. Our dentists are well-versed in the cosmetic dentistry, and highly adept in producing highly aesthetic and long lasting results for all of our patients.

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