Self-esteem is one of the largest issues teenagers face. Invisalign Teen® aligners restore that brilliant smile you’ve been missing. Dr. Timothy E. Mickiewicz is a certified Invisalign® dentist, and can help you and your child decide if Invisalign Teen® is right for you during a consultation at our Sacramento, CA, office. Since these clear braces are invisible, removable, and comfortable, you and your teen are the only ones who know they are wearing them. Contact our office today to learn more about this advanced orthodontic treatment.
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Do you struggle with your teenager not smiling in family photos or posting sullen selfies?
Not Your Parents’ Braces
Teens nowadays are very informed: Google and YouTube put everything at their fingertips. Chances are, your teen already knows all about “clear” braces and wants them. Invisalign Teen® gives your child the freedom to be him/herself while improving oral health and correcting cosmetic imperfections.
Just like Invisalign® for adults, the “teen” version straightens misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth using multiple sets of clear, removable aligner trays. For your teen, this means no metal braces in yearbook photos, when they go on a date, or play in Friday night football games. Invisalign Teen® was designed with the parent and teen in mind.
As with traditional braces, the Invisalign® aligner system teaches responsibility and time management, as you must track when to change to a new set of trays (every two weeks). Invisalign Teen® features a Blue Dot Wear Indicator on each aligner. The blue dot indicator fades with wear, alerting your teen when to advance to a new set. Parents can visually track if the trays are worn consistently and for the recommended amount of time.
Restrictions? Nope, Not One!
Aligners are made from durable, clear, BPA-free, smooth plastic and are customized to precisely fit your child’s teeth, which means band practices, sports, and singing are unaffected. There are no adjustment periods or busted lips to contend with because a ball bumps your teen in the face. Invisalign Teen® allows your picky eater to continue to eat what he/she likes, from pizza to corn on the cob, because aligners are easily removed for meals and snacking.
Invisalign Teen® – How does it work?
After your initial consultation with Dr. Mickiewicz, we will schedule photographs and digital impressions. The Invisalign® technology will create a digital 3-D image for Dr. Mickiewicz. The software then develops your individualized treatment plan, with precise movement predictions of your teeth. Then Dr. Mickiewicz will show you how your teeth will change at each stage of treatment. Every patient and treatment plan is unique. For teens the treatment time is similar to that of traditional braces.
Technicians at the Invisalign® lab will create a series of personalized aligners. Upon receipt of your aligner system, Dr. Mickiewicz will explain proper use and care, and the importance of wearing your new clear braces 20-22 hours per day. Remove trays daily for eating, drinking, and brushing. As you wear each new set, your teeth will gently shift into the next target position. And because the trays are invisible, no one will know you are wearing Invisalign®!
Invisalign Teen® Supports Parents and Teens
Invisalign commissioned the “Invisalign Teen® Confidence Survey” to get the most up-to-date feedback on self-esteem, social media impact, and peer pressure from teens and parents. Author Erika Katz has applied the insights from this survey to real-life parenting. The easy-to-follow handbook gives parents tools to become more social media savvy and initiate the crucial conversations our teens need to have regarding peer pressure and self-esteem. This free, online book can be accessed here: The Self-Esteem Challenge/Invisalign Teen®.
Last but not least, Invisalign Teen® offers six replacement aligners free of charge! One of the parents’ first thoughts is “What happens when my daughter or son loses a tray?”. If this happens, and it probably will, notify us immediately, and we will send out a new tray for free.
“I have had headache issues for the last 35 years. Every morning greeted me with a headache. I’ve been to many doctors and have had many X-rays and cat scans of my head and neck. I was treated for migraines and neck issues. Nothing worked. I went to Dr. Mickiewicz two months ago and his diagnosis was TMJ. He fitted me with an appliance and the results are amazing. I have been back twice to have him adjust the appliance as my jaw loosens and adjusts, and he is always very patient with my extra-long explanations. I wish I had known him 35 years ago. FYI – I am now waking up without headaches – it is a good start to any day. Thanks Dr. Mick!”Lily S.
“I have been seeing Dr Mickiewicz for over two years and am very satisfied with his services. I have a sleep apnea problem and rarely was getting any good nights rest. My medical doctor suggested I wear a large breathing machine… so I went ahead and got one and tried it out and and had nothing but problems trying to sleep with this large breathing machine strapped to my head. Then I saw Dr Mickiewicz and he has found the simplest and most affordable solution with my custom made mouthpiece that reshapes my jaw position just while I sleep! Bingo– no more sleep issues and also no more large breathing machine to struggle with! I am very grateful for his expertise and experience with sleep issues.”Tony A.
“I recently visited Dr. Mickiewicz after years of suffering from sleep apnea and no success using conventional CPAP machines. I was fitted with dental appliance in an effort to resolve the problem. Frankly, I was skeptical, but I am so pleased with the early results. I just started using the device last week and I am already seeing an improvement in the quality of my sleep. From my first contact with Dr. Mickiewicz, it was immediately apparent that his grasp of the issues surrounding sleep apnea were light years ahead of his peers. He is a true professional and I enthusiastically recommend him.”Don B.
“Always a great experience at this dental office. The front office has your paperwork prepared before you arrive. Everyone is very nice and friendly and hardworking. My teeth are thoroughly cleaned when I visit. This place is a step above the rest with the right amount of class and comfort.”Kara S.
“When I went to see Dr. Mickiewicz my jaw was locking up on me because my TMJ was so bad and my doctor didn’t really know what to do for me. This man changed my life. At my first visit I couldn’t even yawn without my jaw locking in the open position. At my last visit I could yawn and even chew steak without my jaw hurting.”Jewel L.
“I have spent thousands of dollars out of pocket to dentists for my TMJ problems with no lasting relief. Dr. Mickiewicz was able to give me relief after years of pain. I am also able to utilize my medical insurance for his services adding credibility to his level of service that goes beyond common dentistry. His extensive knowledge of the disorder was clear; combined with his personable disposition put me at ease. His staff also deserves mention they are true professionals with a clear constitution for compassion.”Cathleen J.
“My husband and I have gone to Dr. Mickiewicz for years after a recommendation of a coworker. Kind of strange to say that going to the dentist is an enjoyable experience – but it is! After years of having tense and painful visits to other dentists in Sacramento, we have found the right DDS for us: above average in all areas. He is an excellent practitioner, listens to all symptoms and concerns, answers all questions patiently and repeats as necessary. Gives us time to make any decisions about our dental care if we are hesitant, and encourages second opinions. His chair-side manner is relaxed and personable – which helps me relax. He is stuck with us for life! Thanks Dr. Mickiewicz and staff!”T.P.
Don’t Wait, Discover Your Teen’s Smile Today
Call Dr. Mickiewicz for your Invisalign Teen® consultation today. We are always available to talk with you and address any questions or concerns. Please visit our Invisalign® gallery to see before and after pictures.