Invisalign® has developed a distinct line of aligners designed specifically for the needs of active teenagers. Our dentists explain what distinguishes Invisalign Teen from the competition!
Teenagers make up a significant portion of Invisalign orthodontic patients. However, with standard Invisalign aligners, many teens run into some problems specifically related to just being a teenager!
With Invisalign Teen, the makers of Invisalign seek to address the unique needs of today’s busy teens.
Here’s how they approached it:
Invisalign Teen aligners feature small blue dots that fade away after a full two weeks of wear.
How does this help teens in particular?
On average, teenage Invisalign patients tend to be less compliant with their treatment schedule than adult patients are. This means that they are more likely to remove their aligners more frequently, and for longer intervals than prescribed by their orthodontists.
As a result, keeping track of how long they are supposed to wear a given set of aligners can be difficult. The compliance indicators can help to alleviate this problem because they will only fade away after the aligners have been worn for a full two weeks, making it easier for teens to get back on track.
Invisalign Teen can be prescribed for younger teenagers whose adult teeth are not quite done erupting, thanks to the addition of eruption tabs. These tabs leave space in the aligners for the teeth to finish growing.
Teenagers are more likely to lose or damage their aligners. This is due in part to the fact that they may take them out more frequently and for longer periods of time than their adult counterparts. Invisalign Teen comes with replacement aligners, so if one set of aligners breaks, treatment can continue without a hiccup!
How will Invisalign Teen affect your child?
Invisalign Teen offers all the same benefits as standard Invisalign. This means that bite issues can still be corrected and crowded and crooked teeth can be evened out on top of the extra features listed above.
Your teen may be able to achieve a straighter smile with the help of Invisalign Teen, which can lead to increased confidence in their daily life. Because aligners are removable, they will not notice a significant change in their habits. While they may need to be more diligent about brushing and flossing, your teen should face no significant inconveniences.