Many orthodontic patients begin their treatment in adolescence, when their permanent teeth have come in but their bodies are still growing and changing. Invisalign is becoming a more and more popular orthodontic option as the technology has become more sophisticated and widely available, but did you know that Invisalign offers a treatment program especially for teens? Invisalign Teen offers all the benefits of standard Invisalign, with added features to help teen patients be successful on their orthodontic journey!

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

While Invisalign offers many conveniences and benefits, it is not the best solution for every case. Some orthodontic issues cannot be fully addressed by Invisalign, and require traditional metal braces instead. For example, if teeth need to be adjusted vertically the patient typically needs metal braces, as Invisalign can only make minor and typically horizontal movement adjustments. If you’re unsure whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, you’ll want to ask your orthodontist which treatment options are best for your specific situation.

Teen Needs

Teenage orthodontic patients have unique needs and circumstances that Invisalign Teen is able to address. Between social pressures and hormonal changes, adolescence is often a challenging time. Because Invisalign clear aligners are less visually noticeable than traditional braces many young patients prefer them. Invisalign can also be removed for occasions like meals, sports, and first dates, which is a feature that understandably appeals to many young people.

On a physiological level, teen patients also have different hurdles and patterns of development than adult patients do. Invisalign Teen aligners can be made with spaces for permanent teeth to finish coming in if they haven’t fully done so yet. Invisalign Teen also offers features that can help guide permanent teeth and roots into the right places for that perfect lifelong smile!

Customized Care Plan

There are two major differences between standard Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. The first is that Invisalign Teen comes with up to six replacement aligners at no additional charge. Teens can (sometimes!) be a little less responsible with their belongings and statistically lose their Invisalign trays more often than adult patients do. The extra replacements included in the Invisalign Teen package are there in case of these situations to protect your family’s wallets!

The other added feature in Invisalign Teen is the blue indicator dot located on the back of the aligners trays. The dots won’t be visible when you smile, but they are very important. The more you wear your trays, the more the dots will fade. The blue dots should be completely faded by the end of each two week round of aligners. If they dots are not faded at that point, then you probably haven’t been wearing your trays enough! The dots act as a tool to help keep you on track and help your orthodontist keep track of your progress.

Think Invisalign Teen might be the right choice for you? Schedule a consultation with our office today!