Invisalign For Teens

What Parents Should Know: Invisalign From a Teen Perspective

Attention Moms and Dads – Most Teenagers Feel Self-Conscious Wearing Traditional Braces

At an age when image is so important, for a teen the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to teeth may exacerbate the already-delicate self-esteem of today’s teens.

While having straight teeth and a beautiful smile is important to teens, the “Behind the Smile” survey revealed that over half of teens (54%) believe metal braces would make them more self-conscious, and one in two teens (50%) would smile less.

“Not everyone is born with a perfect smile. So for many teens, wearing braces is inevitable,” says California orthodontist Mark A. Lowe, D.D.S. “The good news is that today’s image conscious teens now have a choice for straightening their teeth. There are proven alternatives such as clear, removable braces, like Invisalign Teen, that are comparable in cost to metal braces, but meet teen’s desire for aesthetic treatment and are a better fit for their busy lifestyles filled with sports, music and other activities.”

“When you walk into a room with braces, you feel like everyone is looking at you; or when you’re talking to someone, you feel like they’re looking at your braces,” admits 14 year old high school freshman Elizabeth C. “With Invisalign, it’s cool because your teeth are getting straighter, but people don’t even realize you have them. I don’t worry about wearing my aligners during cheerleading, winter guard or swim practice either. They are safe to wear and they don’t interfere with my life.”

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

  • Fewer office visits – a huge advantage for busy households!
  • No interference with musical instruments
  • Fewer injuries with contact sports
  • Better smiles for photographs
  • No emergency visits
  • No food restrictions
  • Improved oral hygiene – easier brushing and flossing
  • More confidence and higher self esteem

81% of moms choose Invisalign when considering how braces might impact the self esteem of their teenager. Contact Biermann Orthodontics today for a free Invisalign Consulatation!

Types of Braces for Teenagers - Biermann Orthodontics

Types of Braces for Teenagers

Braces have come a long way since the days when big metal bands were connected to a wire in your mouth. Today, the wire is still there, but small metal or ceramic brackets have replaced the clunky bands. Another change is that many teens make a statement with their braces, according to They often use school or holiday colors for their main wire or for attachments such as elastic ties and rubber bands.


Traditional stainless steel braces are often used because they’re less inexpensive than many of the newer alternatives, according to says most metal braces use ligatures, or elastic rubber bands, to connect the brackets to the main wire, called an arch wire. Other metal brackets don’t require the rubber bands and are known as “self-ligating.” Read more