Back to School with Invisalign


At Smith & Heymann Orthodontics, we know that your teen’s smile is always on your mind. With kids returning to class this fall, more and more are ready for orthodontic treatment! It used to be that the default for your teen’s care would be traditional metal braces, and while we’re proud to offer the best in braces, we’ve got options! Read on to learn more about how your teen can level their care by going back to school with Invisalign


What is Invisalign and How Does it Work? 

Invisalign is one of the most exciting developments in orthodontic treatment. Bottom line – your teeth get the absolute best possible care, all without the need for braces! Instead, you’ll receive a set of clear aligning trays custom-molded to your oral profile. Over time, the gentle pressure of the Invisalign system brings them into their ideal configuration.

Since the trays are clear plastic, they’re nearly undetectable. That means you could have friends already undergoing orthodontic care with Invisalign, and you’d never know it. Not only that but since the trays are removable, you don’t have to worry about limiting your diet due to cleanup concerns since you can simply snap them out during meal or snack time. 

A few advantages of Invisalign are a low profile and more freedom to eat and play what you want. Another is overall ease of use. Especially when it comes time to brush and floss, when it comes time to clean up, you can brush and floss your teeth just as you usually would, without all the hassle of working around the apparatus involved with traditional braces. 

Utilizing cutting-edge orthodontic technology, your or your teens’ tooth and jaw profile are scanned in minute detail via the patented iTero Element Scanner. That means no more gloopy impression kits or waiting hours for them to set! 


The Clear Choice for Teens 

It’s normal for teens to be concerned about orthodontic treatment and how it might affect their looks in the short term, but Invisalign offers a clear and discreet option. Custom-made, clear aligners fit snugly over your teen’s teeth, blending seamlessly into their daily life. Whether they’re studying, laughing with friends, or taking pictures, Invisalign blends right in with their smiles! 

No-Fuss Orthodontic Care 

We know the busy life of a student, which is why Invisalign is perfect for teens. It’s a breeze to pop out the aligners when necessary, making it simple for your teen to maintain their oral hygiene routine without any hassle. Brushing, flossing, and keeping Invisalign clean is straightforward, ensuring their smile shines throughout the school year.

With Invisalign, your teen can experience the best of both worlds – effective orthodontic treatment and an uninterrupted daily routine. The aligners are designed to provide maximum comfort and convenience, allowing your teen to showcase their smile confidently, whether they’re answering questions in the classroom or participating in after-school activities. The journey to a stunning smile doesn’t have to disrupt their school year; in fact, it can enhance it by boosting their self-assurance and ensuring their smile shines brightly throughout every school moment and beyond.

Our team at Smith & Heymann Orthodontics is here to share how your teen can level their care by going back to school with Invisalign! 

How Your Teen Contributes to Their Care 

We all know as parents that teens need tasks to learn responsibility, and their Invisalign treatment actually provides them with a perfect opportunity to do so! Your teen’s commitment is key to Invisalign success. Here’s how they can excel:

  • Wearing: Remind your teen to wear their Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours daily for optimal progress.
  • Oral Hygiene: Encourage regular brushing and flossing for great oral health.
  • Cleanliness: Advise them to gently brush their aligners and occasionally soak them in a cleaning solution.
  • Replacements: If they misplace or damage aligners, prompt replacement is crucial.
  • Appointments: Make sure your teen attends scheduled appointments with Dr. Smith, Dr. Heymann, or Dr. Skillestad.

With activities like these to help them develop that sense of responsibility, your teen’s benefits from Invisalign are about more than their smile! 

In fact, being entrusted with the care of their Invisalign aligners offers a unique opportunity for personal growth and ownership. As they diligently follow their treatment plan, your teen learns the value of consistency and commitment, skills that extend far beyond the realm of orthodontics. Taking charge of their daily routine, from inserting and removing the aligners to keeping them clean, fosters a sense of independence that can positively influence various aspects of their life.

In this journey towards a confident smile, your teen becomes an active participant, learning how their efforts directly contribute to their treatment progress. This newfound responsibility empowers them to make mindful choices, whether it’s opting for healthier meal options or ensuring they keep their aligners safe. By nurturing this responsibility, your teen gains valuable life skills that lay the foundation for future success. As they witness the results of their dedication – not only in the mirror but also in their enhanced sense of self-reliance – they’ll carry this newfound confidence into every endeavor, equipping them for a bright future filled with achievements and accomplishments.

Invisalign and Activities: A Perfect Match

Invisalign won’t hold them back whether your teen is into sports, music, or school events. The freedom of removable aligners means they can fully engage in their passions without limitations. From the classroom to the field, Invisalign empowers your teen to shine as they work toward their ideal smile.


Our team at Smith & Heymann Orthodontics is here to share how your teen can level their care by going back to school with Invisalign! 

Start With a Free Consultation 

Smith & Heymann Orthodontics is here for you and your family, whether you’re interested in Invisalign for your teen or anything else under the sun! Our team is hardworking, dedicated, and passionate about crafting amazing smiles in and around Chapel Hill, Durham, Mebane, and Roxboro. Consultations are always free, so what are you waiting for? Schedule now!