Invisalign Teen

Teen Girl Using Invisalign

At Tilghman Orthodontics, we proudly provide exceptional orthodontic care to give patients of all ages a smile they love. As your trusted orthodontist in Wicomico and Worcester county, Dr. Tilghman and Dr. Schwartz are committed to helping our patients find the perfect treatment that fits their needs, lifestyle and budget—and that includes teens.

Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign

While traditional metal braces are still the most common form of orthodontic treatment, they tend to be clunky, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful to wear! As many teens need treatment to correct their smile, wearing highly-noticeable metal braces is not always the most desirable option. Most teens would prefer a way to get straight teeth without the hassle or cosmetic appearance of braces. Thankfully, there is a perfect option called Invisalign that can make this happen for patients young and old!

Benefits Of Invisalign

Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) to correct the smile. These aligners are virtually invisible when worn, so almost no one will know your teen is straightening their teeth! Not only that, but the aligners are completely removable, allowing teens to enjoy all of their favorite foods, and brush and floss as normal.

Here are some of the amazing advantages of Invisalign:

Discreet Appearance

Traditional metal braces cause the appearance of the mouth to look noticeably abnormal. Unsightly chunks of metal and wire take up the entire mouth, covering your teen’s teeth. With Invisalign clear braces, these cosmetic issues are a thing of the past! Invisalign lets your teen feel more confident at school and with their friends, as the aligners are hardly noticeable. Made with 3D printed thermoplastic material, Invisalign Teen braces are virtually invisible!


Once traditional metal braces are put into place, they cannot be removed until the duration of the treatment has been completed. In addition, it takes a separate appointment at Tilghman Orthodontics to remove braces from the teeth and mouth. Invisalign Teen braces are completely removable by the wearer, making the entire straightening process easier and more convenient for your teen’s busy schedule.

Optimal Comfort

Metal braces include wire and bits of metal that can puncture or scratch the insides of the mouth. Because they use a great deal of force and pressure to straighten the teeth, metal braces can be uncomfortable and downright painful. On the contrary, Invisalign braces are soft and smooth trays that are extremely comfortable to wear. No sharp edges, no protrusion!

Additionally, because the aligners are removable, patients can thoroughly clean their teeth and gums without hassle. Proper oral hygiene is critical to the success of treatment, and Invisalign makes sure your teen is able to practice excellent dental hygiene with no trouble.

Treatment Time With Invisalign Teen

Depending upon the severity of your teen’s teeth, traditional metal braces sometimes have to be glued in for nearly four years for proper straightening to occur. Dr. Tilghman and his staff think that’s far too long to be stuck wearing braces! Invisalign Teen treatments can sometimes hit their targeted straightening goal in as little as one year.

Teens using Invisalign wear each set of aligners for about two weeks—removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As they replace each aligner with the next in the series, their teeth will shift – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final positions. Your teen will be required to visit their orthodontist in Wicomico and Worcester county about once every 8-10 weeks to ensure that their treatment is progressing as planned.

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Knowing Exactly What To Expect

Getting traditional metal braces can sometimes be a trial and error process with no discernable end date. With Invisalign Teen, uncertainty is no more! Starting with a smile scan, teens opting for Invisalign know exactly what to expect from the moment the scan is complete. The Invisalign iTeroElement® Scanner provides immediate, comprehensive knowledge on the condition of their mouth, and how long the treatment plan will take to straighten their teeth.

The Invisalign Teen Difference

For teenagers who want the amazing benefits of braces without their discomfort or appearance, Invisalign has designed a specialized option that's perfectly suited for the teenage lifestyle. In addition to all of the benefits of regular Invisalign, Invisalign Teen comes with a number of advantages custom-tailored for the teen lifestyle:

  • Eruption Tabs: Eruption tabs hold space open for teeth that haven't finished erupting yet.
  • Blue Dot Wear Indicators: Emblazoned on every aligner, these indicators tell doctors, parents, and teens themselves if the aligners are being worn long enough.
  • 6 Extra Aligners: Every treatment course comes with 6 free replacement aligners, so there's no need to worry about losing aligners.

As a whole, Invisalign Teen offers many advantages over traditional metal braces. With removable trays, no sharp or protruding edges, and a shortened treatment time, Invisalign Teen can be a better alternative to clunky, traditional metal braces, making teens’ lives easier one tray at a time!

Contact Your Orthodontist In Wicomico and Worcester County!

If you’re ready to transform your smile and find out if Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Tilghman would love to help you achieve your smile goals! To get started, schedule your free consultation with Dr. Tilghman today. If you have further questions about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to help. As your trusted orthodontist in Wicomico and Worcester county, we can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!