Originally, Invisalign was only made for adults as they have fully erupted dentition. Teens on the other hand, have teeth that are yet to erupt making them a less desirable candidate for Invisalign. However, Align Technology has found a way to make Invisalign available for teens. Thus, the name Invisalign Teen came to life.
This product provides the ability to offer Invisalign for non-adult patients (teens) by addressing different dentition challenges which include erupting second molars and patient compliance. The successful innovation of Invisalign Teen guarantees non-adult patients to have clear and removable aligners to straighten their teeth.
Since teens are engaged in different rigorous activities, having Invisalign Teens also allows them to remove the appliances while playing sports, singing, or playing musical instruments. These aligners can also be removed when eating, brushing, and cleaning them making it more convenient to use given teens hectic schedules.
How Does Invisalign Teen Work?
Invisalign Teen has a compliance indicator embedded in order for the parents and orthodontist to monitor and check the visual cue of patient wear. The compliance indicator provides an idea of how long the patient needs to wear the aligners. Erupting teeth can also be accommodated as these clear aligners come with eruption tabs to provide room for erupting second molars. Furthermore, power ridgesare incorporated to allow difficult tooth movements to occur. Orthodontists will first acquire dental impressions from the patients and send them over to Align Technology for modeling and creation. Once the simulation is checked and everything is in place, the aligners are shipped to the orthodontist to be worn by the patients.
Taking Care of Invisalign Teen
Since aligners are worn from 20 to 22 hours for maximum effect; they should only be removed when flossing, brushing, or eating. And yes, you need to wear them while sleeping and doing other activities not mentioned above unless some circumstances forbid you from doing so. Cases are provided so you can store them when not in use, however, damaged or lost aligners can be replaced in a few days.
Benefits of Invisalign Teen
Overall, Invisalign Teen yields the same great benefits as Invisalign for adults. To see if your teenager qualifies for Invisalign Teen clear braces, contact our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.