Invisalign for Teens: What Parents Need to Know

If you’re a parent looking to guide your teenager through orthodontic treatment, you may have come across Invisalign – a modern and less conspicuous alternative to traditional braces. This blog post will provide all the essential information you, as a parent, need to know about Invisalign for teens.

Understanding Invisalign

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, plastic aligners to gradually move and straighten the teeth. These aligners are custom-made for each individual, ensuring a comfortable and effective fit. The biggest selling point for teens is that Invisalign is virtually invisible, removable, and requires no dietary restrictions – a stark contrast to traditional metal braces.

How Does Invisalign Work?

The treatment process begins with a free consultation to assess your child’s specific orthodontic needs. If your teenager is a good candidate for Invisalign, we will take digital impressions of their teeth. These are used to create a series of custom aligners and a tailored treatment plan just for them.

Your teen will wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next set. The aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day, and they can be removed for eating, drinking anything other than water, and cleaning the teeth.

The Advantages of Invisalign for Teens

Nearly Invisible

Invisalign aligners are made of a clear, smooth plastic material that is virtually invisible. This means your teen can straighten their teeth without feeling self-conscious about their appearance, a major plus during these impressionable years.

Freedom to Eat Anything

Unlike traditional braces, which come with a long list of food restrictions, Invisalign aligners can be removed when eating or drinking. So, your teen can continue enjoying their favorite foods without worry.

Comfortable and Convenient

Invisalign clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal wires or brackets to cause mouth irritation. They also require fewer office visits, making them a convenient choice for busy families.

What Parents Need to Know

Compliance is Key

Invisalign’s effectiveness is heavily dependent on the wearer. The aligners need to be worn for about 22 hours per day, and your teen will be responsible for putting them back in after meals and cleaning them regularly. Understanding the challenges teenagers may face with compliance, Invisalign Teen aligners come with compliance indicators (blue dots that fade with wear) to help parents and orthodontists monitor usage.

Cost Considerations

When it comes to cost, Invisalign is generally comparable to traditional braces. The exact price will depend on the complexity of your teen’s case and the duration of the treatment. Here at Paul Austin Orthodontics, we understand that affordable, quality orthodontic care is important. That is why we offer customizable monthly treatment plans to fit your financial needs.


Choosing Invisalign can provide an effective, virtually invisible way for your teenager to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. By understanding the treatment’s benefits, cost, and process, you can make an informed decision that best suits your teen’s lifestyle and needs. Remember, the journey to a beautiful smile is a team effort that involves you, your teen, and your team here at Paul Austin Orthodontics. Together, we can make the journey towards a straighter, healthier, and more confident smile a rewarding experience for your teen.

As a parent, your support and understanding will be essential during your teen’s Invisalign journey. Encourage them to wear their aligners as prescribed, and ensure they keep up with their oral hygiene and regular appointments. Reinforce the fact that although the treatment requires commitment, the reward of a beautiful smile is well worth the effort.

Invisalign is more than just a modern take on straightening teeth. It’s a solution that provides teenagers with the confidence to face the world during a crucial stage of their lives. While it’s normal to have concerns and questions, rest assured that thousands of parents have walked this path before you and found Invisalign to be a positive choice for their teen’s orthodontic needs.

Finally, remember that every smile is unique, and every treatment plan should be as well. Here at Paul Austin Orthodontics, we’ll guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have along the way. And, before you know it, you’ll be looking at your teenager’s bright, happy smile – and isn’t that the best reward any parent can ask for?

Give us a call today to schedule your free Invisalign consultation for your teen!

For 28 years, Dr. Paul Austin has been a cornerstone of Santa Monica, California, providing each of his valued patients with exceptional orthodontic care. With a deep commitment to the community and a focus on delivering beautiful, healthy smiles, his office has built a reputation for excellence in orthodontics.

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