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Invisalign for Teens

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Key Takeaways

  • Teens as young as 13 can get Invisalign
  • Older or more responsible teens may be better candidates for treatment
  • Invisalign costs between $3,000 to $8,000
  • At-home clear aligners cost thousands less than Invisalign (however, at-home aligners are not under the continued guidance of an orthodontic professional, which can pose issues in the long-term)

Can Teens Get Invisalign?

Invisalign is mainly reserved for adults, but teenagers can benefit from treatment as well. Invisalign Teen is a treatment designed specifically for teenagers.

Keep in mind that because Invisalign is removable, your teen needs to wear the aligners as directed to achieve the best treatment outcomes. 

Aligners are also easy to lose. This might be difficult for teens who have trouble remembering things or staying focused. With good self-discipline, though, Invisalign Teen might be a good treatment option.

Who is a Candidate for Invisalign Teen?

To qualify for Invisalign Teen, your child must be at least 13 years old and have mild to moderate malocclusion (teeth alignment and/or bite issues).

Invisalign can treat mild to moderate cases of:

Invisalign’s average treatment time is between 3 to 18 months. This is faster than the typical 18 to 36 months for braces.

Invisalign Teen may not be the best option for teenagers with:

  • Severe cases of malocclusion
  • Multiple issues (such as crowded teeth and crossbite)
  • Severe jaw misalignment (this may require jaw surgery)

Responsibility is another important consideration. Children as young as 13 can qualify for Invisalign Teen. However, because responsibility increases with age, older teens tend to be better candidates for treatment.

Can Younger Children Get Invisalign? 

Young children can get Invisalign treatment, but the same considerations apply. Your child needs to be responsible enough to wear the aligners regularly and not lose them.

Children as young as 6 can qualify for Invisalign. But, most begin treatment closer to age 9 because they are likely to have many permanent teeth by then.

Read more on Invisalign for children.

Fix your teeth from home for cheaper than Invisalign. Learn about the best Invisalign alternatives.

How Much Does Invisalign for Teens Cost?

Invisalign costs between $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the issues. This is somewhat more expensive than braces, which ranges from $1,800 to $8,000.

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on various factors such as treatment location and insurance. Invisalign may cost more in large cities or with certain dentists or orthodontists. 

If you have dental insurance, you may be able to receive coverage for a portion of the cost. You can also pay with a health savings account (HSA) or a flexible spending account (FSA).

Read more about the cost of Invisalign.

Pros of Invisalign Teen

Here are some pros of Invisalign Teen:

  • Low profile — Invisalign is less noticeable than braces, something most teenagers are likely to appreciate.
  • Convenient — The aligners can be removed to eat, drink, or play sports or musical instruments.
  • Fewer office visits — Invisalign requires fewer and shorter check-ups than braces.
  • Comfortable — Studies show Invisalign causes less discomfort than traditional metal braces.1
  • Fast treatment — Studies show treatment with Invisalign is faster than braces.2, 7
  • Simplified oral hygiene — Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed, making it easier to brush and floss.
  • Less chair time in office — which opens up more room for other patients being treated. 

Interested in straightening your teeth at home? Here are the best clear aligner companies.

Cons of Invisalign Teen 

Some cons of Invisalign Teen include:

  • Expensive — Invisalign Teen costs between $3,000 to $8,000.
  • Removable — Treatment outcomes depend on the wearer’s compliance.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces for Teens 

There are situations where Invisalign may not be the best option for your teen. These include severe or multiple cases of malocclusion. 

Additional problems best addressed with braces include:

  • Severely rotated teeth
  • Excessively large gaps from pulled teeth
  • Pulling in impacted teeth
  • Highly difficult bite problems

Compliance is also a factor. Braces are not easily removable, meaning they may be a good option if you don’t believe your teen will wear the aligners as directed.

Finally, Invisalign aligners can be lost. Given replacement aligners cost extra, you may want to think twice if your teen has a habit of losing things.

Clear Aligner Alternatives for Teens

Aside from Invisalign, there are a variety of other clear aligners. Most of these are at-home aligners, meaning treatment is mostly or entirely remote.

These aligners cost thousands of dollars less than Invisalign and have the added convenience of minimal in-person check-ups. However, this can be a detriment if the case is very difficult and requires the consistent supervision of an orthodontic professional.

Choices include:

The lack of check-ups does mean there is a risk of treatment being less precise. However, given their affordability, they can be a good option for those with mainly cosmetic teeth issues, such as mild crowding.

Last updated on April 22, 2022
9 Sources Cited
Last updated on April 22, 2022
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