Invisalign® has developed a line of clear aligners that are unique to the needs of teenagers. Our dentists share some of the aspects that set the Invisalign Teen aligners apart from the standard line of clear aligners.
When it comes to Invisalign clear aligners, teenagers typically make up the largest group of patients using this treatment option. 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 had a goal of addressing the unique situations that may affect your teen throughout treatment.
Here’s how they approached it:
Compliance Indicator to Keep Track of Wear
Invisalign Teen aligners feature small blue dots that are designed to fade slowly over the course of two weeks of wear.
How does this help teens in particular?
Typically, teenage Invisalign patients tend to be less compliant with their treatment schedule than adult patients. 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, this can make it difficult to know when your teenager is ready for their next set of clear aligners. The compliance indicators can help to remedy this issue because they will only fade away once the aligners have been worn for a full two weeks worth of time, making it easier for teens to get back on track.
Eruption Tabs to Provide Space For New Teeth
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 allowing your teen's new teeth to come in without any issues.
Replacement Aligners in Case the Unexpected Happens
Teenagers are generally more likely to lose or damage their clear aligners. This is in part due to the fact that they may take them out more often than their adult counterparts, and leave them out longer. Invisalign Teen comes with replacement aligners so that if a set of aligners is damaged, treatment can continue without any significant time passing.
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.
With the help of Invisalign Teen, your teenager may be able to achieve a straighter smile, which can lead to more confidence in their daily life. Thanks to the fact that aligners are removable, they won't experience a huge change in their habits. While they may have to be more vigilant with brushing and flossing, your teen should not experience any significant inconveniences.