Invisalign Teen

Youn teens with invisalign braces and traditional metal braces At Tilghman Orthodontics, we take pride in our experience offering Invisalign clear braces to teens in need of a straighter smile! With two convenient office locations in Berlin & Salisbury, MD, Dr. Michael Tilghman & Dr. Carrie Schwartz work hard to find unique alternatives to traditional metal braces; which is why they are proud to offer Invisalign braces to teens all across the greater Sussex County area!

Traditional Metal Braces Vs. Invisalign Teen

While wearing traditional metal braces is still the most common way to straighten teeth, they tend to be clunky, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright painful to wear! As many older teens need braces to correct their smile, wearing highly-noticeable metal braces is not always the most fun option. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the teeth with dental cement, making it easier for food and bacteria to get stuck in the mouth, and more difficult to properly clean your teeth.

Invisalign relies on a series of clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) to straighten teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible when worn, and can be easily popped in and out for short periods of time to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This means that almost none of your teen’s friends will know they are straightening their teeth! Your teen can still enjoy all of their favorite foods while maintaining proper oral hygiene – a critical aspect to the success of their treatment. Here are some of the amazing advantages of Invisalign Teen:

Appearance Of Invisalign Teen

Traditional metal braces cause the cosmetic 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, those problems are a thing of the past! Choosing Invisalign lets your teen feel more confident in their braces at school and with their friends, as they oftentimes aren’t noticeable at all. 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. Also, it takes a separate appointment at Tilghman Orthodontics to remove the glued-in metal 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.

Your Teen’s Safety

Metal braces contain wire and protruding bits of metal that can puncture or scratch the insides of the mouth. Using a great deal of brute force to straighten the teeth, metal braces can be overbearingly painful. On the contrary, Invisalign braces are soft and smooth trays made of 3D printed thermoplastics. No sharp edges, no protrusion! With the ability to remove them at any time, an Invisalign Teen wearer can ensure that their teeth are kept healthy and clean. As a whole, Invisalign clear braces are less impactful on the mouth: No harmful glue, no sharp metal, no pain!

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. All of us at Tilghman Orthodontics think that’s far too long to be stuck with metal 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 move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final positions. Your teen will be required to visit us about once every eight to ten weeks to ensure that their treatment is progressing as planned.

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. 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 Invisalign, there's a specialized option that's perfectly suited for the teenage lifestyle. In addition to all the benefits of regular Invisalign, Invisalign Teen comes with a number of advantages custom-tailored to all teenagers:

  • Eruption Tabs: Eruption tabs hold space open for teeth that haven't finished erupting yet.
  • Blue Dot Wear Indicators: Emblazoned on every aligner, these 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.

Contact Tilghman Orthodontics In Sussex County For Invisalign Teen!

As a whole, Invisalign Teen offers a plethora of advantages over traditional metal braces. With removable trays, no sharp or protruding edges, and a shortened treatment time, Invisalign Teen is a better alternative to clunky, traditional metal braces. Don't’ hesitate to contact Tilghman Orthodontics today for all of your Invisalign Teen questions or concerns. You can reach us at (410) 742-4813 or request an appointment online. From all of us at Tilghman Orthodontics, we can’t wait to give your teen the smile they deserve!