Our CCOA member dentists offer Invisalign® for teens to straighten smiles, and meet the unique orthodontic treatment needs of today’s busy teenagers. Here are the features that make Invisalign® for teens an ideal orthodontic treatment for many of our young patients.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners that are convenient to use and almost completely invisible when worn. Invisalign aligners have been designed to correct both simple and complex tooth misalignment issues, as well as many bite issues in both teens and adults.
How Invisalign Works
Patients straightening their smile with Invisalign simply wear each set of aligners in their treatment series for approximately two weeks, then switch to the next set of aligners.
Each custom made aligner in their series is shaped slightly differently than the previous aligner, and each is made to precisely control gradual tooth movement. Every aligner plays a unique role in achieving a straighter smile.
Invisalign aligners are created from a thin clear plastic, making the aligners nearly invisible when worn. The clear aligners are also removable, allowing Invisalign patients to eat, drink and care for their teeth without worrying about damaging their braces.
Invisalign for Teens Features
Invisalign for teens has all of the convenience and comfort of standard Invisalign but with added features developed with the unique needs of teens in mind. Invisalign for teens helps to make it easier for teens to keep their treatment on-track, and accommodates the ongoing changes to their developing smiles.
- Replacement Aligners - Teen patients tend to remove their aligners more often and for longer than adult patients, making it more likely that their aligners could be damaged or misplaced. Invisalign for teens comes with 6 replacement aligners so that treatment can continue without skipping a beat even if a set of aligners becomes lost or damaged.
- Compliance Indicators - These little blue dots hidden on the backs of each aligner, gradually fade away after two weeks of full-time aligner wear. Compliance indicators help teens because on average, teens tend to be less compliant to their prescribed treatment than adults. The compliance indicators on Invisalign for teens can help teens to keep track of how long they have worn a particular set of aligners because the dots will only disappear after two full weeks of wear. If the teen veers off track with their treatment, they can easily pick-up where they left off, and know how much longer they need to wear their current set of aligners.
- Eruption Tabs - Invisalign for teens also has eruption tabs. Eruption tabs can be prescribed for younger teens whose adult teeth have not quite finished coming in. This feature provides space in the Invisalign aligners to allow newly erupting teeth to grow through straight, and where they are wanted.