Dr. Daniel M. Eves, D.M.D, M.S.
Specialists in Orthodontics for Children and Adults

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500 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886

20 Clinton Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835

Invisalign Teen

From Your Jamestown & Warwick, RI Orthodontist

At Tollgate Orthodontics, we work with patients of all ages to transform their smiles to not only be healthier, but more radiant and spectacular so they can show off their smile with confidence. To achieve only the best results every time, we work with every one of our patients on an individual level, crafting a custom treatment plan based on their needs and preferences and aiming to deliver the most effective care with optimal comfort. For each age group, dental development is typically in a different stage, with teens usually being in their peak growth rate as they approach puberty and go their body experiences growth spurts.

Around this time, personal appearance is high up on the list of things that many teens see as important, and metal braces do not really match up with this value despite being an effective way to achieve a beautiful smile. That’s why Tollgate Orthodontics is proud to offer an orthodontic treatment option that is designed just for teens to be just as effective and comfortable as traditional braces, while offering more aesthetic appeal: Invisalign Teen.

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is a revolutionary approach to straightening teeth that gets rid of the brackets and wires of traditional braces, and replaces them with a durable, plastic aligner that slides comfortably over the teeth; no more shiny metal or things cemented to your teeth. The plastic that the aligners are made from is translucent, so when placed over your teeth, they are practically invisible when you’re smiling. Invisalign Teen is also completely removable, so your kids can take them off to eat their favorite foods without worrying about damaging a bracket or wire.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

Despite their differences, Invisalign Teen functions similarly to braces, as the core concept behind how Invisalign Teen works is the same: applying a tiny amount of directional pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into a new position. The clear aligners achieve the same effect without the use of brackets and wires by the aligners themselves being slightly offset from the current position of the teeth. Due to this minor difference in alignment, the teeth will move into the position to match that specific aligner. The Invisalign Teen system uses multiple sets of these aligners, with each being worn for 2 weeks at a time until the teeth are perfectly aligned.

How Is Invisalign Teen Different Than Invisalign For Adults?

The key to getting a new smile with Invisalign Teen is wearing the aligners the entire day, except for when you’re eating or brushing your teeth. However, life for the average teen is hectic, and between school, extracurriculars, and hanging out with friends, there are many opportunities where it’s easy to forget to wear your aligners or put them back on when you need to. That’s why each Invisalign Teen aligner has a “wear indicator”, which is a small blue dot that will fade over time when the aligner is worn. If worn for the necessary 20-22 hours each day, this blue dot will be completely faded when it is time to switch to the next aligner. This wear indicator allows parents and orthodontists to make sure that your teen stays on track for getting their new smile as fast and efficiently as possible. Teens are also more likely to lose and break aligners throughout their day, which is why Invisalign Teen treatment comes with 6 extra aligners to replace any lost or broken aligners with no extra cost.

Contact Your Jamestown & Warwick, RI Orthodontist!

If you think that your teen is a good for for Invisalign Teen, contact us at Tollgate Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. We’ll conduct an initial examination to see if they are an eligible candidate for Invisalign Teen, and create a personalized treatment plan so they can have a future full of bright, healthy smiles. We have two orthodontic offices located in Jamestown and Warwick, RI, so the path for your child’s new smile is close to home. We look forward to welcoming you into our office, introducing you to Dr. Eves and our staff, and helping your family achieve radiant smiles just like we’ve helped countless others from our community.