Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that straighten your teeth over a period of months. Invisalign has also designed a line specifically for teenagers. Our Surrey dentists explain why Invisalign Teen is a great choice for adolescent patients.
The basics: what is Invisalign, and how does it work?
Invisalign is a series of removable, clear plastic aligners that for many orthodontics patients, are a great alternative to traditional metal braces. Each aligner in the series is worn for about two weeks and then switched out for the next aligner.
Each aligner is slightly different from the last, and each is custom made to fit into its position in the lineup. Each aligner is responsible for a small adjustment to the position of your teeth. When treatment is finished, your teeth will have been moved into their new, straightened positions.
The aligners are made of a clear plastic, and this makes them almost invisible when worn. They are ideal for teenagers and adults who have concerns about aesthetics and don’t like the look of traditional metal braces.
And since the aligners are also removable, they can be taken out for eating, brushing and flossing. This allows you to continue these daily routines as you always have, with very few adjustments.
So what makes Invisalign Teen different?
Invisalign Teen has a few extra features that standard Invisalign does not have. These features were developed with the typical teen in mind, to make it easier for them to comply with their treatment schedule, and to accommodate their growing smiles.
Invisalign Teen aligners have small blue dots that fade away after two weeks of consistent wear.
The fact is that on average, teenage patients tend to be less compliant to their prescribed treatment than adults. This means they are likelier to take their aligners out more often and for longer periods of time than prescribed. Because of this, it can be difficult to keep track of how much longer they need to wear a given set of aligners.
The compliance indicators will only fade after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks required, making it easier for teens to get back on track with their orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign teen is unique in that it can be prescribed for teens whose adult teeth are not quite finished growing in. This is thanks to the addition of special eruption tabs. These eruption tabs are essentially spaces in the Invisalign Teen aligners that allow the teeth to erupt through.
6 Extra Replacement Aligners
Teens are also more likely to misplace or damage their aligners during treatment, partly because they're more likely to take them out more often, and leave them out for longer. For this reason, an Invisalign Teen series comes with 6 replacement aligners so that treatment can stay on track.