Invisalign® has created a unique line of aligners geared to the specific needs of busy teenagers. Our dentists explain what makes Invisalign Teen different from the standard line!
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. This means that they are more likely to remove their aligners more frequently, and for longer intervals than prescribed by their orthodontists.
It can be challenging to remember how long they are supposed to wear a particular set of aligners as a result. Because the compliance indicators only disappear after the aligners have been worn for a full two weeks, they can help to address this problem and make it simpler for teenagers to get back on track.
Thanks to the addition of eruption tabs, Invisalign Teen can be prescribed to younger teenagers whose adult teeth are still erupting. These tabs give the teeth room in the aligners to finish developing.
Teenagers are more likely to misplace or break their aligners. This is partly because they might take them out more frequently and leave them out longer than their adult counterparts. Replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen so that treatment can go on as usual even if a set is damaged.
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 straighten their smile with the aid of Invisalign Teen, which may boost their confidence in daily activities. They won't go through a significant change in behaviour because aligners are removable. Your teen shouldn't encounter any major inconveniences, though they might need to be more careful when brushing and flossing.