Invisalign Teen


Advanced Orthodontic Care for Teens

Achieving a healthy, confident smile can significantly enhance a teen’s life. At Glaser Orthodontics, we understand the unique orthodontic needs of teenagers and are dedicated to providing top-notch care through our Invisalign Teen treatment.

Located in the heart of Westchester County, NY, our practice combines cutting-edge technology with compassionate care to help teens achieve their best smiles. We proudly serve Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring, ensuring that every patient receives personalized and effective treatment.

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Why Choose Invisalign Teen?

Choosing Invisalign Teen means choosing a comfortable, effective, and discreet way to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are clear and removable, offering a solution that fits seamlessly into a teenager’s lifestyle.

Discreet Appearance

Invisalign Teen aligners are almost invisible, allowing teens to smile with confidence throughout their treatment. Whether at school, social events, or sports activities, they can feel self-assured without the noticeable appearance of metal braces.

Removable Aligners

One of the significant advantages of Invisalign Teen is the ability to remove the aligners during meals and for brushing and flossing. This flexibility makes it easier for teens to maintain excellent oral hygiene and enjoy their favorite foods without restrictions.

Comfort and Convenience

Made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, Invisalign Teen aligners are custom-designed to fit each teen’s mouth, minimizing discomfort and avoiding the irritation often caused by metal brackets and wires. The aligners are also designed to fit the busy lives of teenagers, requiring fewer office visits compared to traditional braces.

Shorter Treatment Time

Invisalign Teen often achieves results faster than traditional braces. Depending on the complexity of the case and how well the treatment plan is followed, many teens can complete their treatment within 6 to 18 months. This means they can enjoy their beautiful, straight smile in a relatively short period.

Fewer Office Visits

With Invisalign Teen, fewer in-office visits are needed. Aligners are typically replaced every two weeks, and progress check-ups are scheduled every 6-10 weeks. This schedule fits conveniently into busy lives, reducing the need for frequent orthodontic appointments.

No Dietary Restrictions

Invisalign Teen allows teens to continue enjoying all their favorite foods. Since the aligners can be removed before meals, there are no restrictions on what they can eat. This freedom makes it easier to adhere to a healthy diet without worrying about damaging braces.

Enhanced Oral Health

The removable nature of the aligners also promotes better oral hygiene. Teens can brush and floss their teeth as usual, reducing the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease compared to traditional braces.

Suitable for Various Cases

Invisalign Teen is effective for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, and underbites. This versatility makes it a reliable option for many teenagers seeking to improve their smiles.

The Invisalign Teen Difference at Glaser Orthodontics

When choosing orthodontic treatment for your teen, it’s important to understand the differences between Invisalign Teen aligners and traditional braces. Here’s how Invisalign Teen stands out:

Feature Invisalign Teen Aligners Traditional Braces
Price $2,500-$8,000 $1,700-$6,000
Treatment Length 6-36 months 1-3 years
Removable Yes No
SmartTrack™ Material Yes No
Discreet and Nearly Invisible When Worn Yes No
Office Visits Every 6 weeks – 3 months Every 4 to 8 weeks
Emergency Visits Rare More Likely
Expedited Treatment Option Yes No
Food Restrictions No Yes
Cleaning/Maintenance Easy: remove for meals, wash aligners More complex: food restrictions, wires, and brackets can collect food or debris
Potential for Damage during Sports Low High

Who Are Candidates for Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is designed to address a variety of orthodontic issues commonly experienced by teenagers. Ideal candidates for Invisalign Teen include:

  • Teens with Permanent Teeth: Invisalign Teen is suitable for teenagers who have most or all of their permanent teeth.
  • Those with Mild to Moderate Orthodontic Issues: It effectively treats crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
  • Active Teens: Perfect for those who participate in sports or play musical instruments, as the aligners are removable and less likely to cause injury or discomfort.
  • Teens Concerned About Appearance: Ideal for those who prefer a discreet treatment option that doesn’t involve metal braces.
  • Responsible Teens: Best for teens who can commit to wearing the aligners for 20-22 hours a day and follow the treatment plan.

If you’re unsure whether your teen is a good candidate for Invisalign Teen, schedule a consultation with Dr. Glaser. We’ll conduct a thorough assessment to determine the best treatment plan for your teen’s needs.

Step-by-Step Process of Getting Invisalign Teen


Understanding the Invisalign Teen treatment process can help you and your teen feel more confident about starting this journey. Here’s a detailed look at the steps involved:

  1. Initial Consultation
    The process begins with a comprehensive consultation at Glaser Orthodontics. During this visit, Dr. Glaser will examine your teen’s teeth, discuss their orthodontic needs, and determine if Invisalign Teen is the right choice. We will take 3D digital scans of your teen’s teeth to create an accurate digital model.
  2. Personalized Treatment Plan
    Using the 3D scans, we develop a customized treatment plan that maps out the precise movements of your teen’s teeth. This plan includes a digital preview, allowing you to see the expected results before the treatment even begins.
  3. Custom-Made Aligners
    Based on the treatment plan, a series of custom-made aligners are created using Invisalign’s SmartTrack material. Each set of aligners is designed to move the teeth gradually and is worn for about two weeks before progressing to the next set in the series.
  4. Wearing the Aligners
    Your teen will need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking (anything other than water), brushing, and flossing. The aligners are comfortable and nearly invisible, making it easy for your teen to wear them consistently.
  5. Wear Indicators
    Invisalign Teen aligners come with blue wear indicators that fade over time. These indicators help parents and orthodontists monitor daily wear time, ensuring that the aligners are being worn as recommended.
  6. Regular Check-Ups
    Every 6-10 weeks, you’ll visit Glaser Orthodontics for progress check-ups. During these appointments, Dr. Glaser will monitor your teen’s progress, make any necessary adjustments, and provide the next set of aligners.
  7. Replacement Aligners
    Understanding that aligners can sometimes get lost or damaged, Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners. This ensures that the treatment stays on track without unnecessary delays.
  8. Completing the Treatment
    Once all the aligners have been worn, your teen will complete the active phase of the treatment. Dr. Glaser will then provide retainers to help maintain the new, straight smile. These retainers are typically worn at night and are crucial for preventing any shifting of teeth after treatment.

Invisalign Teen Orthodontist

Dr. Barry J. Glaser has been providing top-quality orthodontic care in Westchester County since 1994. He is an Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider, which means he has extensive experience treating patients with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.

Dr. Glaser received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his specialty certification in orthodontics from Boston University. He is a recognized expert and consultant for Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, and is dedicated to advancing orthodontic care.

Choose Glaser Orthodontics for your teen’s Invisalign treatment and benefit from Dr. Glaser’s expertise and commitment to creating beautiful, healthy smiles.

Invisalign Teen FAQs

How often must I wear my aligners?

You should wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking (anything other than water), brushing, and flossing.

Are there any restrictions on what I can eat during treatment?

No, there are no restrictions. You can remove your aligners to eat, so you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging braces.

Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

Some teens may experience a slight lisp for a few days as they adjust to the aligners, but this usually goes away quickly.

Is there any discomfort with Invisalign treatment?

You may feel some discomfort or pressure when you start a new set of aligners, but this typically goes away after a few days. It’s a sign that the aligners are working to move your teeth.

Can I chew gum?

It’s best to avoid chewing gum with aligners in, as it can stick to the aligners. Remove your aligners before chewing gum.

Can I smoke with the aligners in?

Smoking is not recommended while wearing aligners as it can stain them and affect their appearance.

How do I keep my aligners clean?

Clean your aligners by brushing them with a toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and cause scratches.

How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign Teen?

You will typically visit your orthodontist every 6-10 weeks to monitor your progress and receive your next set of aligners.

What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

Yes, after completing your treatment, you will need to wear retainers to keep your teeth in their new positions. Your orthodontist will provide you with specific instructions on how to wear and care for your retainers.

How long does Invisalign Teen treatment take?

The length of treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case, but it generally takes between 6 to 18 months.

Is Invisalign Teen effective for all teens?

Invisalign Teen is suitable for most teens with permanent teeth and can effectively treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, and underbites. Your orthodontist will determine if it’s the right option for you during your consultation.