Stay Up To Date on Your Teens Orthodontic Options


Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! Camilo Riaño Orthodontics is dedicated to making sure that our patients, and their parents, have as much information as possible when it comes to our services. Orthodontics is not a field that should be filled with mystery and, for this reason, we want to continue where we left off last time and continue to cover some of the most common questions that parents of our patients have in regards to Invisalign Teen. If you haven’t read our previous blog, we suggest you go back and do so now because it contains a lot of information that is built upon in this blog. After you have done that, keep reading below to learn more about Invisalign Teen and whether or not it is a good choice for your child.

Q4: Does Invisalign have the same emotional impact as braces?


Even though braces were invented in order to fix crooked or misaligned teeth, they don’t always do the best job in helping to improve a teens self confidence. While it is true that a less than desirable smile can have a huge effect on how a teen feels about themselves, it is also true that braces can work to increase these self conscious feelings as opposed to making them go away. With Invisalign Teen, however, most of the concerns are eliminated. Because the clear retainers are nearly impossible to detect when put in place, your teen will never have to worry about how they look or what their peers may say about their new dental hardware.

Q5: Who is eligible to use Invisalign Teen?


This is one of those questions that nearly every parent asks. When Invisalign was first introduced, there was this idea that they could only be used by people whose teeth were, for the most part, already in the proper alignment. People assumed that Invisalign would only work for people looking to close a few spaces in their smile, leaving people who need major orthodontic assistant high and dry. In reality, Invisalign Teen can be used by any teen that has all of their permanent teeth in place. While Invisalign may prove ineffective in certain, rare cases, for the most part, it can be used in nearly every situation where traditional braces could also be used. If you are worried that your teen’s teeth need more than Invisalign is able to offer, please get in touch with us today and schedule a consultation.

Q6: What happens if an aligner is lost?


As all parents are keenly aware, sometimes children lose things. While these things normally get found again or don’t really matter in the scheme of things, losing an aligner is an idea that many parents aren’t too fond of. However, parents should not worry if their teen loses one of their aligners. When you make the investment into Invisalign Teen, you also receive six replacement aligners for free. If an aligner is lost, simply inform your teen’s orthodontist and a replacement will be provided as fast as possible.

Q7: How much does Invisalign Teen cost?

Another worry that parents have is the cost that is associated with Invisalign Teen. The bad news is, Invisalign is still somewhat expensive. The good news is, Invisalign doesn’t cost any more than traditional braces. The best news? Most insurance providers are more than happy to cover some of the costs of the treatment. In addition to financial assistance from insurance companies, many orthodontists offer payment plans that help take some of the financial burden off the shoulders of parents.

Q8: Does my child have to wear Invisalign all the time?


For the majority of cases, most orthodontists recommend patients wear their aligners for 21 to 22 hours a day. However, the aligners can be taken out for meals and cleaning, meaning that while they must be worn as much as possible, it is not necessary for patients to wear them 24/7.


Thank you for reading our short blog series on the most common questions that parents ask about Invisalign Teen. If after reading this blog series you still have questions about this orthodontic service, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Camilo Riaño Orthodontic in San Francisco. We will make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable choosing Invisalign Teen for your child.