If your teen needs braces, Rekha Gehani, DDS is an exceptional teen orthodontist in Jackson Heights and offers a great reason to make them smile. The latest addition to the Invisalign braces family is Invisalign Teen. A clinically proven predecessor for adults, Invisalign Teen is FDA approved and is a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners, providing a teeth-straightening alternative to more traditional metal orthodontics. Designed to help teenagers maintain their self-esteem and self-confidence, Invisalign teen also accommodates their active lifestyles while addressing their orthodontic needs.
Invisalign was developed along with leading orthodontists who have a good understanding of the treatment demands of teens, and combines the benefits of the original Invisalign system with new features. Some of these features include a Blue Dot Wear Indicator that fades when your teen’s aligner becomes worn and needs to be changed, Eruption Tabs that accommodate the growth of second molars, and other features that are geared toward certain clinical needs that are common to teens. Our teen orthodontist in Jackson Heights promotes the use of Invisalign Teen since it can be used to correct overly crowded teeth, overbites, widely spaced teeth, underbites, and crossbites. Dr. Gehani will consult with your teen and after careful examination, will be able to determine if Invisalign Teen is the right orthodontic treatment to be used.
After consultation with our specially trained orthodontist for teens, pictures and impressions of the teeth are taken and digitalized. Then, 3D technology is used to map tooth movements from the start to the end of treatment, which forms the basis for creating their customized aligners. Treatment usually takes approximately one year, but the needs of every teen are different. The virtually invisible Invisalign Teen aligners are custom-designed, based on the treatment plan, and fit your teen’s teeth perfectly. Aligners need to be worn every day between 20 and 22 hours, except when eating, brushing, flossing, playing sports or attending special occasions. The custom aligners are exchanged for a new set every two weeks, or when the Blue Dot Wear Indicator fades. When the aligners are exchanged on schedule they work continuously to straighten the teeth. Another advantage to Invisalign teen orthodontics is that during treatment, teenagers can keep up their active lifestyle, play sports and even smile during social activities. Traditional metal braces often get a bad rap for being unattractive and noticeable, leaving teens often feeling self-conscious, hiding their smile. Because Invisalign teen aligners are easy to remove, they promote improved oral hygiene, as well as a pain-free experience with much less irritation to the mouth and gums.