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Invisalign Teen™


The new Invisalign Teen™ system developed especially for teenagers, straightens teens teeth with custom-made clear aligners. This is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made in a laboratory using advanced 3D computer imaging technology. They are worn over their teeth for 22 hours per day and changed for a new set of aligners every one or two weeks. Little by little, the teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile. You will need to visit your Orthodontist once every 6-8 weeks to ensure movement is being maintained

Can Invisalign Teen Treat my teenager?

Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentition—this includes most teenagers. Common treatments are for Gaps in between teeth, Overbites caused where the upper teeth bite too far over the lower teeth, Underbites where the lower teeth bite too far in front of the upper teeth, Open bites where the front teeth fail to meet, even when the back teeth are closed together, Overcrowded teeth and Crossbite where the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth on one or both sides of the mouth. The chances are very high that most teens will be great candidates for Invisalign


Are Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?

When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues.

A trained Invisalign orthodontist should evaluate your teen’s specific dental issues to determine candidacy. The average treatment time is usually quicker than traditional braces, with the latest technological advances, such as SmartTrack® material, smiles can be transformed up to 50% faster. The actual length of treatment depends on the severity of condition and can only be determined by your orthodontist.


Why choose Invisalign® Teen?

  • There are no metal wires or brackets to poke, or tear the mouth and gums. Invisalign® Teen aligners are made of a clear polished plastic that will not injure the cheeks or tongue.
  • With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so sports can be played without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces.
  • Musical instruments can be played properly, without braces getting in the way.
  • With braces, there is a long list of foods youshouldn’t eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions.
  • Invisalign® Teen will tell you when aligners have worn enough. There is a Blue Dot Wear Indicator that provides an estimation of wear-time. The dot is designed to fade to clear over a two-week period if the aligners are worn properly.
  • The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

Other advantages include

Treatment can be started before patients have all their adult teeth, the aligners can leave spaces for the growth of adult teeth. Invisalign Teen treatment includes six free replacement aligners, in case that an aligner is lost. Patients can view a 3D digital image using Invisalign Technology, showing their smile “before” and “after” treatment, so that they know what to expect from Invisalign Teen treatment.


Dr Shirley Cox has been a consultant Orthodontist at Barts NHS Trust since 2004. In practice, Shirley offers the whole range of Invisalign treatments. She is an active member of Invisalign study groups and has attended Invisalign certification courses as well as up to date training in Invisalign Teen treatments.

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Dr Shirley Cox

BDS(Hons), FDS RCS (Eng), MSc(Lond), M Orth RCS(Eng), FDS Orth RCS (Eng)
GDC: 68425

Shirley qualified in Dentistry from The Royal London Hospital in 1992 and she achieved her M Orth specialist qualification in orthodontics in 2000. Shirley was appointed as Consultant Orthodontist at Bart’s Health Trust in 2004 and now works as an Orthodontic Consultant at the new Royal London Hospital site.

At the Wapping Dental Centre, Shirley is able to offer the very latest treatments available, enabling her to treat adult and child patients who have simple, moderate and complex needs and to improve both the appearance and the function of their teeth.

“Patients in my care receive my personal attention at all times and are treated solely by me. I love to treat patients and help them achieve and keep for life the Beautiful, Healthier and Happier smiles they desire. I look forward to meeting you and helping however I can.”

Shirley Cox

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