Although braces are a rite of passage for many adolescents and teenagers, many kids still care about aesthetics and would choose a less noticeable orthodontic treatment method if it was available. Those kids are in luck.
The makers of Invisalign® developed a product geared toward teens in 2008 appropriately named Invisalign Teen®. Although this alignment system closely mirrors the Invisalign® parent product, it has a few key differences designed to address the unique needs of teenaged patients.
The most notable difference is on the aligners themselves and is designed to keep wearers honest about how much they wear their aligners. Blue compliance indicators gradually fade as the aligners are worn. That is helpful to us here at Jennings Orthodontics, but it’s also useful if Mom or Dad want to keep tabs on their teen’s treatment progress.
The company also takes into consideration that an aligner may be misplaced or damaged during the course of treatment by offering up to six replacement aligners.
Invisalign Teen® incorporates specially engineered features designed to address the natural eruption of second molars in teens.
There are numerous benefits to Invisalign Teen® for the right candidate. Teens who play wind instruments can remove the aligners for musical performances. Athletes have the option of removing the aligners while wearing a mouth guard for contact sports, or the aligners can be worn with a mouth guard.
Even though the aligners can’t easily be seen when worn, teens still have the option of removing them for class photos or the random selfie.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about Invisalign Teen® and determine whether this treatment method is right for your teen.