How Old Does My Child Have to Be to Start Invisalign?

Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the professionals at Castilla Orthodontics near Stayton, OR have the skill and experience to start their younger patients on treatment with Invisalign clear aligners for their orthodontic treatment needs.


Treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is not indicated if a child has not yet lost all of their baby teeth (primary teeth), and full permanent dentition is not yet complete. A child’s full set of adult teeth (permanent teeth) typically is in position by the ages of twelve or thirteen years old. For those ages and up, treatment with Dr. Ana E. Castilla and Invisalign can be a convenient and effective method of orthodontic treatment.


Parents and treatment providers must always consider the maturity and ability level of a child when prescribing treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the aligner trays. That makes it easy to wear and maintain, but it is also a responsibility for the child to keep track of the tray when it is not being worn. The professionals at Castilla Orthodontics may be able to make replacement aligner trays, but they are expensive and the wait may delay the course of treatment.

Treatment with Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. The trays are made of a thermoplastic material and fit snugly over the wearer’s teeth. They exert a gentle pressure to gradually and progressively move the teeth into a more natural position. A child being treated by Dr. Ana E. Castilla with Invisalign may experience less discomfort than with traditional braces. Kids can be active and social and not feel self-conscious that they are being treated for their orthodontic issues.


Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics near Stayton, OR are sensitive to the needs and lifestyles of all their active young patients. They understand the commitment required from a child toward their treatment, like that Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours each day to be effective. Young patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners rely on the supportive and compassionate care of Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics for the best treatment outcomes possible.


Results vary with each patient; typically treatment with Invisalign clear aligners provides approximately a 43% improvement compared to treatment with traditional braces, which has the potential to show a 90-95% improvement. Invisalign is not indicated in all cases of  malocclusions (e.g., crossbites). Depending on the treatment needs and goals of the patient, Invisalign is a manageable and comfortable method of orthodontic treatment for children.

A child’s life is complicated and can get more so with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Ana E. Castilla and everyone at Castilla Orthodontics know that treatment may be a necessity for a child, but it’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility and self-confidence while correcting their smiles. Invisalign may be the righstt treatment for your child. For more information about Invisalign clear aligners, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla and Castilla Orthodontics near Stayton, OR, call: (503) 399-0721

Is Invisalign Teen Right for My Child?

For teens, the idea of undergoing orthodontic treatment may be a stressful prospect. No one wants to look at photos of their teenage-era summer vacation, cousin’s graduation party, or everyday Instagram candids and feel self-conscious about their smiles. Fortunately, traditional metal braces are no longer the only option for teenage orthodontic treatment; now there’s Invisalign Teen.

Castilla Orthodontics in Salem, OR offers their patients treatment with Invisalign Teen, a custom solution just for teens that is more comfortable and less obvious than traditional braces and is equally effective in most cases. If you or your child is interested in this treatment, read these important points from Dr. Ana Castilla:

Invisalign Teen:

A series of clear, plastic aligner trays that are custom made to fit over the teeth. They work in the same way as traditional braces do to gently move teeth to their optimal positions within the mouth and deliver a straight and healthy smile. Patients in Salem, OR may believe that they are not eligible for treatment with Invisalign because they have a complicated or unique case. Dr. Ana Castilla treats patients with a range of orthodontic treatment needs with Invisalign.

Invisalign Teen is removable.

Invisalign Teen gives the wearer the freedom to eat the foods they love without having to be concerned about damage to their teeth or dental work. Invisalign is removable by the wearer to eat, brush, floss, and clean the aligner tray, so care and maintenance is easy. Invisalign allows the wearer the freedom to participate in sports or play a musical instrument because Invisalign is removable. Because Invisalign is removable, it can be forgotten or misplaced. Dr. Ana Castilla reminds Invisalign Teen patients to be conscientious about keeping the Invisalign tray safe and secure while it is not being worn.

Invisalign Teen is completely clear.

Invisalign Teen gives patients in Salem, OR the opportunity to feel fully confident in their smiles while undergoing treatment. Only the patient wearing the Invisalign aligners can tell they’re there, making for a more cosmetically pleasing system than traditional metal braces. Treatment with Invisalign, like any other orthodontic treatment system, requires the patient to wear a retainer to ensure long-lasting results after treatment.

Invisalign Teen is the clear alternative to braces for teenage patients needing orthodontic treatment in Salem, OR. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign Teen, visit Castilla Orthodontics in Salem, OR or contact Dr. Ana Castilla at: 503.399.0721

Which is Better: Invisalign for Adults or Adult Braces?

Are you an adult considering orthodontia to straighten your teeth but are concerned about your appearance while undergoing treatment? At Castilla Orthodontics in the Dallas, OR area, we customize a personal plan of teeth-straightening care that best fits your orthodontic treatment goals and your cosmetic concerns.  Advancements in orthodontic care technology such as Invisalign for adults or other types of clear braces may be the right course of treatment for you.

Which is better: Invisalign for adults or Braces?

The answer is subjective, as is the needs and tastes of every patient at Castilla Orthodontics.  Here are some differences between the treatment plans of traditional braces and Invisalign for adults that you should know about:

  • Traditional braces are not removable by the patient. These types of teeth-straightening braces consist of brackets and wires that are fixed onto your teeth and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Because they are not removable, patients using this treatment plan must take the proper precautions, such as avoiding certain foods or playing rough in contact sports.
  • Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth. They may be taken out during the day for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. A removable appliance, however, requires extra care to ensure that they stay clean and hygienic. Invisalign is easy to remove and to keep clean.
  • Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and are effective at straightening teeth.
  • Invisalign is made of a strong, medical-grade, thermoplastic material. The Invisalign trays are fitted snugly around your teeth. They are clear and removable, so they are not very noticeable. They cause less discomfort than metal braces but might not be as effective as traditional braces in treating vertical adjustments.
  • Traditional braces can sometimes be less costly than Invisalign. It is difficult to state definitively whether traditional braces or Invisalign costs more than the other. The price of both treatments depends on the individual patient’s needs. The amount of work needed, the length of the treatment, your insurance coverage, and the course of treatment worked out with Castilla Orthodontics all factor into the price of your treatment.
  • Traditional braces are cheaper, easy to clean, and more effective in raising or lowering misaligned teeth.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are removable, lighter, and more convenient to wear during day-to-day activities.

Trust Castilla Orthodontics to help you choose the right course of treatment for your individual needs and lifestyle, whether that is Invisalign for adults or braces near Dallas, OR. To find out more about Invisalign for adults or schedule a consultation with Dr. Ana Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics today at: 503.399.0721

Dr. Ana E. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Dallas, OR, Sublimity, OR, Monmoth, OR, Keizer, OR, Salem, Marion County, OR, or the 97338 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ana E. Castilla, contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503-399-0721.

How Do I Keep My Invisalign Clean?

By this point, you have made the decision that Invisalign is the right choice for you. Here at Castilla Orthodontics, we would like to congratulate you on getting one step closer to a confident and healthy smile! But by now, you probably have a few questions. And one of the most common Invisalign questions that Dr. Ana Castilla receives is, “how do I clean my Invisalign aligners?” To keep your aligners clean, and to make sure that your Invisalign is working effectively, follow these tips on how to clean your Invisalign near Keizer, OR!

  1. Many Invisalign patients complain that their aligners begin to smell bad throughout the day. The reason why this is happening is because the dry saliva and plaque that builds up creates the perfect home for bacteria, causing this foul smell. To avoid this, simply brush your aligners every time you take them out! You take your aligners out before you eat, right? (Hopefully your answer is yes!) So before you put them in after your meal, brush your aligner the same way you brush your teeth, with a little bit of toothpaste and a toothbrush. You should also brush and floss while you’re at it, that will reduce bacteria too!
  2. Once or twice a week, soak your aligner in either the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, Retainer Brite, or denture cleaner! Avoid a colored denture cleaner due to the fact that it may stain or color your aligners. By soaking them, it keeps the Invisalign aligners looking clear while also sanitizing them.
  3. One of the perks of choosing Invisalign treatment is the fact that it has little to no impact on your day to day life. However, certain foods and drinks can stain the aligner, leading to a yellowing or cloudy appearance. One of the most common culprits that Dr. Ana Castilla has noticed stains aligners, is dark colored drinks. Tea, coffee, wine, and sodas stain the aligners the most. Plus, hot drinks tend to warp the trays into a position that no longer fits on the teeth thus extending treatment time.
  4. If you’re feeling sick, you may want to avoid wearing the aligners for a little while. Rather than the typical 22 hours a day, wear them for maybe 10 or 12 hours. You can always catch up once you’re feeling better. But like we said before, bacteria can build up in the aligners if not cleaned properly. Getting rid of the bacteria is especially important during a sickness to ensure a quick and easy recovery. When you’re not wearing the aligner, thoroughly rinse them and brush them with toothpaste. Then put them back in the case to avoid more germs. And once you’re starting to feel better, throw away that old toothbrush!

For the most part, keeping your Invisalign aligners clean is easy and a very important part of the overall treatment. Just remember, whenever you brush your teeth, brush your aligners too. To make sure you remember, the team at Castilla Orthodontics recommends that you make a small Invisalign cleaning kit for when you’re on the go! Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to keep your teeth and invisalign sparkling!

If you have any more questions on keeping your Invisalign clean, or anything else Invisalign related, give Dr. Ana Castilla a call! You can reach Castilla Orthodontics near Keizer, OR by calling 503.399.0721. We look forward to hearing from you!