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Invisalign for Teens in SC

The teen years are a difficult time- and most would say that they are self-conscious about their appearance. Vigilant dental hygiene is important, as are appointments with a provider for general dentistry needs, like routine cleanings. These exams provide an opportunity for the dentist to identify issues, such as those that would merit teeth straightening- including clear aligners. According to patients surveyed, invisible aligners, like Invisalign, rank highly with 90% of wearers reporting that the cost and process are well worth the outcome. We offer locations in Downtown Charleston, Summerville, Camden, and James Island for our patients’ convenience. Call or visit us to learn more!

Clear Aligners

When you think of options to straighten your teen’s teeth, metal braces probably come to mind. While metal braces are an effective approach, consider clear aligners. We offer and specialize in Invisalign clear aligners, which straighten teeth in a discreet way. Instead of rubber bands, metal braces, and wires, the Invisalign process only uses clear plastic molded aligners that gradually move the misaligned teeth. Invisalign aligners are removable, so they are easy to clean and more comfortable than other straightening options.

Benefit of Invisalign

Clear dental aligners are a viable alternative for kids and teens that may be self-conscious about metal braces. They are less noticeable- which is one of the reasons they are so widely popular. There are other benefits, however, and compelling reasons to consider Invisalign, including:
  • Clear aligners help to create a more proper and better bite. Having a bite that is ‘off’ has all kinds of potential health repercussions- Invisalign help prevent these problems.
  • It is easier to articulate and speak with clear aligners than with traditional metal braces. Aligners are less intrusive- within days, your teen should be completely accustomed to these aligners when talking.
  • When you chew your food better, it leads to improved digestion. Invisalign aligners provide an easier time of chewing and breaking down the food that eaten.
  • It is much easier to clean, brush, and floss the teeth because your teen can remove the aligner to do so! 
Surprisingly, your aligner may also be used to protect your teeth from potential injuries, such as in contact sports. If your teen grinds their teeth, the aligner serves as a guard that can help prevent wear and erosion on their tooth enamel.

How They Work?

So, how does something so comfortable and convenient work? When you are fitted for aligners, your dental provider attaches small clear fixtures to your teeth; they connect and support the clear molded aligner tray. These trays stay in place until you- or your teen- removes them. Gradually, the patient is provided with different aligner trays that gently shift the misaligned teeth. The tray usually lasts for a couple weeks. The aligner trays are to be worn 22-24 hours every day- you only remove them for cleaning, eating, and drinking. You can expect it to take about a year- more or less- for the aligners to successfully straighten your teen’s teeth, depending on several factors. Talk to the team at Ammons Dental to learn more!

Who They Help?

Would aligners help your teen? If your dentist determines that your teen is a good candidate for clear aligners, he will take a scan of the teeth to use for designing the custom dental aligners. Some dental conditions that are treated with aligners include:
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps between teeth 
There are many conditions that clear aligners do treat effectively, but traditional metal braces may work best for severe cases.

What They Cost?

Don’t let cost be the only factor you consider when looking at ways to straighten your teen’s teeth. Treatment typically lasts a year, and you’re the result is a brand-new smile and lots of self-confidence! Financial arrangements are available that may work for you- call or visit to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our patients have a lot of questions regarding clear aligners, like Invisalign. Honest answers to these queries can make dental decisions a lot easier. Here are a few of the most common things that our patients ask:
Q: Does Invisalign work?
A: It is estimated that around 96% of all Invisalign cases are successful, with both the patient and provider being satisfied with the outcome. Dental professionals do caution that metal braces may be more effective and feasible for severe or complex cases of misalignment.
Q: When Should I Consider Orthodontics for My Child?
A: Your dentist can identify if there is a need for orthodontic care by the time your child is seven years old. This could be due to crowded teeth, an underbite, an overbite, gaps, overlapping teeth- or other reasons. This reinforces the importance of regular visits to the dentist for routine exams.

Often times children inherit crooked teeth- so if your teeth were misaligned, your child’s may be, too!
Q: Does Invisalign work?
A: In about 96% of all cases, Invisalign is a complete success, and accomplishes all the goals established by patient and dentist.
Q: Where can I find Invisalign near me?
A: Your dentist can identify if there is a need for orthodontic care by the time your child is seven years old. This could be due to crowded teeth, an underbite, an overbite, gaps, overlapping teeth- or other reasons. This reinforces the importance of regular visits to the dentist for routine exams.

Often times children inherit crooked teeth- so if your teeth were misaligned, your child’s may be, too!
Q: What is the difference between Invisalign and metal braces?
A: The main difference between the two is that aligners may be removed from the mouth- usually to eat or clean- but metal braces may not.
Q: How long does Invisalign take?
A: It typically takes about a year for teeth to become straighter with Invisalign aligners.
Q: What’s involved in the Invisalign process?
A: After an initial exam, Dr. Ammons will prepare a plan and discuss the corrective actions that are best suited for your mouth. Aligners are custom-made and gradually changed over time to straighten misaligned teeth.
Q: Where can I find Invisalign near me?
A: If you live near Camden, James Island, Summerville, or Charleston, in South Carolina, we have several locations to serve you- our valued patient- better!

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Multiple Convenient Dental Locations Near Charleston

Ammons Dental By Design has four locations so you can find the most convenient office for your family.
CAMDEN
1015 Fair St.
Camden, SC 29020
Monday – Thursday:
8am – 5pm
P: (803) 969-0365
F: (803) 432-2625
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DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON
14 Lockwood Dr,
Charleston, SC 29401
(Suite A on the exterior of the Ashley House Building, across from the marina)
Monday – Thursday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-2734
F: (843) 577-4464
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JAMES ISLAND
1739-B Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412
Tuesday – Friday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-8889
F: (843) 990-9504
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SUMMERVILLE
1710 Old Trolley., Ste.B
Summerville, SC 29485
Tuesday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Monday & Friday*: 8am – 5pm
*Rotating schedule
P: (843) 380-8904
F: (843) 871-0617
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