Selfies! They’re everywhere…if your teen is anything like the ones we see every day then their phone is probably FILLED with selfies! They also are likely obsessed with how they look in those shots…and while they want a straighter smile, they don’t want “metal mouth”. They’re probably nagging you morning ’til night about Invisalign. Sound familiar? We thought so!

Well, while many parents know about Invisalign, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces, they don’t know the ins and outs of treatment. We’re often asked for more information about Invisalign Teen…so here’s a primer!

In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images we wilI take with the sophisticated iTero Element Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place. Voila!

Ok ok, we know you still have questions: here are answers to the top five questions we’re asked about Invisalign Teen. We hope you find it helpful!

1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES

When worn according to the customized plan we set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at (numbers below!) to set up an appointment to find out for sure.

2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES

With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene. No stinky breath!

3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE

Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives. Selfie-approved!

4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY

Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so we can track compliance – there’s no fooling us! 😉

5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT OUR OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES

While we happen to love our office (who doesn’t like to feel like they’re at the beach?!), we know our patients have busy schedules. Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every eleven weeks, which equals an average of ⅓ less visits.

At Alpine and Rafetto we love offering Invisalign Teen to our patients. It’s a great way to help straighten their smile while boosting confidence. As parents ourselves, we know how important self image can be to your teen. Because we believe in what Invisalign can do, we’ve dedicated a lot of time to training ourselves…so much so that we’ve earned the honorable distinction of Elite Invisalign Provider.

Call us to schedule a complimentary consultation at either of our conveniently located offices! We’re excited to meet you!

4901 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808 | (302) 239-4600 |

2005 Concord Pike, Ste 201, Wilmington, DE 19803 | (302) 425-4800

We offer bilingual services at both offices for your convenience!