The teenage years are already awkward enough for most young men and women, doubly so for those who have to undergo orthodontic treatment around this time — a fact that’s true for the vast majority of adolescents.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), 70 to 80 percent of American adolescents have braces at some point in their teen years.

If you reside in the Manhattan area and believe that your teen needs braces, chances are that you have already begun asking yourself a litany of questions regarding timing, care and reasons for this orthodontic procedure.

Why should my teen get Invisalign?

There are a number of reasons that your child may need to seek orthodontic treatment. If they suffer from an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, crowding or overlapping teeth, it may be beneficial to their overall health for them to get braces. The best way to know if your teen requires braces or correctional treatment is to have them seen a professional who specializes in teenage orthodontic care.

When should my child be fitted with aligners?

Every teen grows and develops at different ages, which means that your child’s teeth may not be fully developed by a certain age. However, the AAO suggests that most teenaged patients begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of nine and 14.  Waiting until the child’s permanent teeth come in is best practice, but getting a head start on a treatment plan will make the transition to braces even easier.

Why use Invisalign?

While there are many different types of braces available, many teens and their parents opt for Invisalign as they are the least noticeable, giving kids the freedom to be confident while also correcting their smile.

Here are some of the benefits of using Invisalign over other braces:

  • Aesthetic – Made from a smooth and clear plastic, Invisalign braces are completely see through, making it easy to stay confident about your appearance while wearing them.
  • Eating – Wearers of Invisalign braces are able to eat and drink whatever they want because the trays are removable and ultimately replaced every few weeks. So, unlike with metal braces, your child will be able to eat all their favorite foods – like popcorn, chewing gum and whole apples – without the fear of damaging their aligners or their teeth.
  • Staying active – With Invisalign trays, your teen won’t have to worry about damaging their braces while playing sports, or hurting their lips and mouth while playing an instrument. These smooth aligners make it possible to still participate in the activities you love and just focus on being a kid!


For a bright and shining smile, proper dental care and maintenance is key. While invisalign is not the right option for every teen, as it cannot solve every orthodontic issue, the best way to know if it is a good choice for your child is to consult a professional orthodontist. For families living on the Upper East Side, make an appointment with Dr. Vaysman to get you and your child on the right track to a healthy and happy smile. To schedule your session, fill out an appointment request form online today.