Invisalign VS Braces for Teens

Invisalign Teen is NOW the clear alternative to traditional metal braces! Teens can now straighten their teeth without feeling self-conscious. There is no need to worry about looking good for yearbook photos, prom dates, or the big game on Friday night. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are clear, comfortable, and removable.

Invisalign ‘invisible braces’ have become a global phenomenon. The Invisalign treatment system consists of a series of progressively changing transparent aligners that are each worn for two weeks. However, Dr. Feldman’s practice, after effectively treating over 2,000 Teens and Adults offers an even more agreeable and more efficient wearing schedule that is state-of-the-moment!!

These individually manufactured aligners are precisely made with exact calculations to shift your teeth into their ideal position, giving you a straighter, more beautiful smile and much improved bite!

It’s still important to understand the pros and cons of both Invisalign AND traditional braces.

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. There are options to have brackets that more closely match the color of your teeth OR in a color that can create a fashion statement.

Two similarities between Invisalign Teen and braces are that both straighten your teeth and both can help fix your bite and can eliminate crowding, spacing, cross bites, overbite and underbite.

Pros and props for Invisalign Teen, with very few, if any cons!

Any literature on Invisalign lists the many pros, but there are still some reasons why a teen might choose to go the traditional route. We’ll get to those later.

Let’s compare. Because you must remove the Invisalign system prior to eating, you can eat whatever foods you enjoy. You can slosh brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health. In contrast, those with traditional braces must avoid foods that might get stuck and will have difficulty cleaning and flossing teeth during treatment.

Here’s a few more Invisalign pros. They are virtually invisible. They consist of smooth comfortable plastic instead of the sometimes sharp or irritating metal of traditional braces. Also, avoiding wearing wax and extra comfort visits!

Office visits for Invisalign Teen are every four to six weeks (10-12 weeks with Feldman Orthodontics) versus monthly visits for traditional braces. Also, the results often also come more quickly for Invisalign wearers as they are custom made after digital scanning of your bite AND can easily work on both upper and lower jaws simultaneously which traditional braces oftentimes cannot.

Pros and cons for Traditional Braces

After your initial consultation we will provide pricing for both Invisalign and Traditional Braces. It is possible that the traditional route may be less costly (FELDMAN Orthodontics usually charges the same OR LESS FOR INVISALIGN as they are #1 in Florida and #11 in world with thee most experience in Florida and thus realize a discount on the Invisalign lab fees.

As visits for traditional braces are monthly, this often makes the costs comparable to Invisalign.

The real pros are often based on the individual. It takes a disciplined teen to be an Invisalign patient. You have to remove the device prior to eating or drinking anything but water (or other clear sugar free liquids) and you also have to brush after each meal to avoid staining. Patients also have to brush and rinse their Invisalign trays, which may seem less obvious than the need to brush the brackets and wires of braces.

Although Invisalign is removable, patients MUST be disciplined enough to wear their trays for at least 22 hours daily. There is NO exception if great results are desired and to eliminate additional aligners (refinement)!

Give your teen the gift of self-confidence, a fabulous beautiful NEW smile and good oral health! It’s a gift that lasts a lifetime! It is easy, fun, fast and far more socially acceptable!

Dr. Randy Feldman, Chief Smile Officer, for Feldman Orthodontics is a certified Invisalign Teen Provider and Tampa Bay’s ONLY Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider, placing him in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers in the world! Actually, the 2016 numbers from ALGN Tech place him in the Top 12% of all world wide Invisalign providers!

No provider in the Tampa Bay area has a more thorough knowledge of the product, patient case experience and understands appropriate indication and application, so you really will be getting THE VERY BEST treatment possible!!

Dr. Feldman has done more Invisalign cases than anyone in Tampa Bay and he also lectures to other providers on the topic of Invisalign. Invisalign currently ranks Dr. Feldman #1 in Florida and #11 in the world.

Dr. Feldman has spent the last 30 plus years giving people like you the gift of a beautiful, new healthy smile.

If you are looking for a trusted, respected orthodontist with years of experience specializing in his field to give you the smile of a lifetime, then Dr. Feldman is your doctor.

“An orthodontist’s experience and expertise can make all the difference in your smile and in your world”, he says.

More information on teen orthodontic treatment can be found on our website. We see many adult patients at both of our Tampa locations.

Feldman Orthodontics 1773 W Fletcher Ave. Tampa 33612 Florida Tel: (813) 968-2483 or 3739 W Neptune St. Tampa 33629 Florida Tel: (813) 254-8005.

To learn more about Randy M. Feldman, DDS, MS and Feldman Orthodontics and the orthodontic treatment available for children, teens, and adults using braces, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen, please visit: or call (813) 968-2483.

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