What is the difference between Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®?
Although clear aligners have been offered for over 10 years for adults, they were not available for teens until recently. This was because it was believed teens would not adhere to the recommendation of wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day. Also, teens still have some adult teeth still waiting to erupt from under the gums, this may disturb the precisely planned movement of the surrounding teeth.
How do I know if Invisalign Teen® is right for my teenager?
With continuous advancements and innovations in the technology of Invisalign®, there are solutions to several of the concerns from the past for teens. If you are concerned that your teen will not wear their aligners as required, there are now “compliance indicators” (or colored dots) on the aligners themselves that begin to fade over time as they are worn, indicating your teen has been properly following their treatment plan.
The other common problem which Invisalign Teen has resolved is built in “eruption tabs”. These are built in areas meant to hold the space for teeth which have not erupted yet. Teens have been found to be more compliant with their treatment plan since the Invisalign® aligners are nearly invisible and far more comfortable thanks to their SmartTrack material. Invisalign Teen® has been designed to easily blend into the lifestyle of our adolescent patients, encouraging them to be enthusiastic participants in their oral health care. Treatment with traditional metal braces just can’t compare to treatment with Invisalign Teen®.
During your teen’s appointment, speak with your dentist at Smile On Dentistry – Centreville to learn more about Invisalign® Teen and see if it is the right choice for your teenager. Call us at (703) 543-8112.