Invisalign Aligner Options

Why Invisalign® Treatment Can Work for Children & Teens

Easy oral hygiene maintenance with Invisalign® makes it a great treatment option for children and teens in Plainwell and the greater Kalamazoo area.

Because there are different bite issues common among teenagers, Invisalign® treatment for teens is sometimes more complex than it is with adults. However, Invisalign® treatment for teens can still be very effective.

We customize the approach to the individual patient because each teen’s bite is unique. We then design a treatment plan using 3D technology that allows you to see the expected results—your future smile—before treatment even begins.


Plus, while treatment with traditional braces can take up to 24 months, Invisalign® treatment for teens can often be completed in as little as 12 months,  This means your teen can get the same results as traditional braces, but in less time and with less hassle.

Unlike traditional braces that may impact some teens’ self-confidence, Invisalign® treatment can be ideal for those who want to avoid the “metal mouth” look. With Invisalign®, your loved one’s teeth grow straighter daily, without the fear of flashing a mouth full of braces.

There are fewer diet restrictions with Invisalign® clear aligner treatment for teens as well. Additionally, Invisalign® treatment means shorter visits to our office because there are no wires to adjust or brackets to maintain.

Invisalign® for Adults in Grand Rapids

The flexibility that comes with being able to remove your Invisalign® clear aligners when you eat, brush, or during special occasions makes them a top choice for adults.

Invisalign® is very well suited for the active lifestyles of most adults today. Invisalign® aligners are comfortable and easy to use, fitting perfectly over your teeth, and you only need to remove them to eat and do your regular oral hygiene. Additionally, if you have a special occasion to attend, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners.

You’ll enjoy more freedom in your diet choices than with traditional braces, too. The best part might be that Invisalign® treatment is about the same price as regular braces, and we can work with you and your insurance to create a payment plan that suits your budget.

Smile Express®

Six months, straighter teeth, all smiles for adults. Introducing Smile Express at-home aligners.

In as few as six months, you’ll be smiling more confidently. Using proven Invisalign aligners and advanced remote care technology, you’ll get to keep your active lifestyle without sacrificing the peace of mind that comes with knowing Dr. Chen is with you every step of the way. Plus, it’s covered by most dental insurance plans!

Is Invisalign treatment right for me?

Let us help you decide during your free consultation.

Invisalign Aligners FAQs

How do I clean Invisalign aligners?

  1. Always rinse your aligners as soon as they are removed from your mouth. It is recommended that you soak your aligner trays with the Invisalign® brand crystal cleaning solution every day. This solution removes the bacteria from the aligners.
  2. Use a soft bristle toothbrush (not your toothbrush that you use daily) to lightly sweep away any debris that remains after the soak.
  3. Rinse off the aligners and place back in your mouth.

How long do I wear each set of aligners?

This varies according to your treatment plan. Generally, aligners are worn for two weeks and exchanged for the next set. In some cases, aligners may be worn for as little as a week before they’re switched out. This will depend on your specific treatment plan.

Does Invisalign fit an active lifestyle?

Invisalign® treatment is a great choice for an active lifestyle! Your aligners can be worn during nearly any activity, removing them only for eating and cleaning. Invisalign® aligners can be worn comfortably while playing sports. When it comes to contact sports, you can remove the aligner and wear a mouthguard recommended by Dr. Chen. Invisalign® aligners can also be removed for special occasions if you prefer to do so.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign® treatment is a popular choice because of many benefits:

  • Clear aligners for more aesthetic appearance
  • Comfortable as it is custom-made to fit your bite
  • Affordable (about the same price as traditional metal braces)
  • Faster treatment
  • Less time spent at the orthodontist
  • No dietary limits or restrictions
  • Oral hygiene routines can be carried out much easier than with traditional brackets and wires


How much time should I plan to spend at the orthodontist with Invisalign?

With Invisalign® treatment, you will need to schedule a visit to Plainwell every four to six weeks for a quick check-up. These appointments are quite fast and easy, as there is no need to adjust brackets or wires. Still, if it’s more convenient for your busy lifestyle, we also offer remote care convenience via the Smile Doctors Anywhere App.

What about Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) and Invisalign treatment? What are they, and will I need them?

Until recently, orthodontists faced difficulties in controlling the adjustment of out-of-place teeth in patients with severe bite problems or missing teeth, as they required external anchor points via unsightly and inconvenient practices like headgear and external braces. TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) have since provided a solution.

By attaching an anchor to the jawbone, TADs eliminate the need for uncomfortable treatments and offer more precise orthodontic treatment for patients who need it. Not all patients require TADs. Dr. Kim Chen will determine if TADs are suitable for you during your consultation and provide advice.

How much does Invisalign® treatment cost in Grand Rapids?

Invisalign treatment cost varies since treatment time and individual needs can differ for every patient. If you’re concerned about affordability, rest assured that we will help optimize your insurance benefits and provide payment plan options—including 0% APR financing— to help you get the smile results you want. Our orthodontic office is conveniently located in Plainwell, MI just west of M-89 and US 131. Contact us to learn more!

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