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10 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®

1. WHAT IS INVISALIGN TEEN?

Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.

2. IS INVISALIGN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES?

Yes. When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist like Dr. Grieve, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth. The chances are very high your teen will be a great candidate for Invisalign.

3. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?

If you’ve had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces. They can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldn’t eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions. The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

4. ARE THERE ANY EMOTIONAL CONCERNS TO CONSIDER?

Research¹ shows that moms underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and using braces as a solution can often make this lack of confidence even worse. But with Invisalign Teen, no one needs to know your teen is straightening their teeth, removing a potential source of real anxiety for them and giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of everyone.

5. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INVISALIGN TEEN?

Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentition — this includes most teenagers. A trained Invisalign orthodontist should evaluate your teen’s specific dental issues to determine candidacy. If the orthodontist rejects your teen as a candidate, it is advisable to seek a second opinion, as each provider has a different level of experience treating with Invisalign.

6. HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TEEN TREATMENT TAKE?

The average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of your teen’s treatment depends on the severity of their condition and can only be determined by your orthodontist.

7. HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN COST?

Invisalign Teen costs about the same as traditional braces. Costs for orthodontic treatment can vary with geography and with the complexity of treatment – contact our office for full details. Also, check your dental insurance plan—orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies.

8. DOES MY TEEN HAVE TO WEAR INVISALIGN ALL THE TIME?

Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended². Plus, Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check; each aligner has blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed, so the orthodontist can track compliance.

9. WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ALIGNER GETS LOST?

Not to worry—Invisalign Teen offers six replacement aligners for free! In the event that an aligner is lost, you should inform your orthodontist right away.

10. HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE SPENT VISITING THE ORTHODONTIST?

Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every four to six weeks.

¹Source: Hall & Partners Quant Survey, April 2008

²Source: Effectiveness of a Compliance Indicator for Clear Aligners by Orhan C. Tuncay DMD, S. Jay Bowman DMD, Jonathan L. Nicozisis DMD, Brian D. Amy DDS

Official Orthodontist of the Oregon Ducks

Dr. Grieve is happy to announce he is now The Official Orthodontist of the Oregon Ducks!

If you have ever been to our office you can see that we clearly love supporting our local home team; from autographed jerseys, Oregon Duck gear Fridays, or even seeing players in our office!

Starting September 1st, 2017 you get 5 extra cool cash points for wearing anything Oregon Ducks! GO DUCKS!

Part One: An Adult’s Point of View – From Crooked Teeth to Consultation

I had braces as a teenager, but I stopped wearing my retainer about 10 years ago at age 24 (don’t do this, kids!).

I’d been really proud of my smile until the last couple of years, when I noticed them moving back into their original alignment; crowding on both my upper and lower rows.

I had started to shy away from smiling in photos and felt self-conscious if I saw a picture of myself. These days our faces end up on social media – there’s really no escaping that. But we shouldn’t be hiding our smile every time someone snaps a photo. Now that outfit on the other hand…

So I started researching orthodontists in Eugene, Oregon, where I am attending graduate school. I came across Dr. Grieve and was impressed by his credentials and the fact that he was an Invisalign® specialist because that was the option I was most comfortable with.

If you’re unfamiliar with Invisalign®, it’s an orthodontic method that uses a series of clear plastic aligners specifically designed to correct alignment and bite. Some benefits to Invisalign® are the option to remove the aligners and reduced appearance (versus metal brackets).

Even then I wasn’t sure if I it was something I should consider. Was I prepared if he told me I needed braces again? Were my teeth even as crooked as I thought? Could I afford it?

But I made the call. The person I spoke with was incredibly helpful. She told me that they did free consultations, so I made an appointment. I just wanted to see what my options were.

On the first visit I was greeted and taken on a tour of the facility. I was impressed with how laid-back the atmosphere was. There was a fireplace in the waiting room – which really felt more like a lounge – and an arcade room with video games. I kept thinking how much cooler this was than my former orthodontist’s office.

We discussed my individual needs and vision of a better smile. They took digital images of my teeth so they could develop a treatment plan.

Then I met with Dr. Grieve for his evaluation, and to go over what my treatment plan would look like. He recommended Invisalign® rather than braces (yay!). We discussed how much time it would take, what the process was like, and what my teeth would look like when I was finished.

Then I met with Amber, the treatment coordinator, who helped me figure out the most ideal repayment option. (I really appreciated their flexible payments)! Even at this point they weren’t pushy, and didn’t pressure me to make any decisions immediately. I’d take my time during winter break to think over my options and then I’d decide my course of action.

Stay tuned…

Part Two: The First Days of Treatment – Invisalign

Well, I did it. I started Invisalign! And I learned a lot in the process.

When we looked at my digital treatment plan, Dr. Grieve showed me that he would need to add attachments to some of my teeth for optimum results. The attachments are tiny knobs that are matched to the color of your teeth and adhered for the entirety of your treatment. I also had to have attachments for rubber bands, which was a surprise, but is essential to correcting bite problems. I have an overbite, which can cause jaw issues down the road.

I arrived on a blustery winter day, unsure if the office would be open due to the snow. Sure enough, Dr. Grieve had made it in and they were expecting me. When I arrived, I spoke briefly with a receptionist about her experience with Invisalign®. I was a little nervous, but she had a beautiful smile, and she assured me that the experience has been worth it for her.

The application of the attachments didn’t take more than 15 or 20 minutes, and then Dr. Grieve showed me how to put the Invisalign aligners onto my top and bottom teeth. I won’t lie – the pressure was a little bit painful at first. And the attachments were more noticeable than I’d expected. But I was happy to hear that my treatment would only be for six months. By summertime, I’d have the smile I’ve been missing.

The assistant gave me a few supplies and some tips on everyday use, and sent me on my way. Not before giving me a goody bag of soft treats like pudding and applesauce, though. I definitely ate those during the first few days!

I had to get used to a new routine, but my dental hygiene has never been better. It’s recommended that you wear the aligners for 22 hours per day, which means that you really only want to remove them for eating. Then, before I put them back I brush my teeth to keep the aligners from getting dirty.

Looking forward to my next visit with Dr. Grieve to make sure things are on track. Fingers crossed!