What's the Difference Between Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®?
Clear aligners for adults have been available for over a decade, but until recently, they were not usually recommended for teens. Why not? First, the general opinion was that teens would not wear them reliably for the recommended 22 hours per day. Second, since many teens have some permanent teeth still erupting (emerging from below the gums), the precisely planned movement of the teeth might be disturbed.
Is Invisalign Teen® Right for My Teenager?
Fortunately, continual innovations in Invisalign® technology offer possible solutions to the concerns of the past. The first problem is addressed by “compliance indicators” located on the aligners themselves. These colored dots fade over time as the aligners are worn in the mouth, showing whether or not your teen has followed the plan.
To solve the second problem, aligners made especially for teens come with “eruption tabs” built in; they are designed to hold space for teeth that have not yet fully erupted. Most importantly, since the Invisalign® aligners are made from comfortable SmartTrack material and are virtually invisible, studies have shown that teens are much more likely to comply with the treatment plan and wear them for the full recommended time. Invisalign Teen® is specially designed to complement your adolescent patient's lifestyle, which also encourages their enthusiastic participation in a way that traditional metal braces simply can't match.
Speak to your dentist at Family Orthodontics of Olathe to determine if Invisalign® Teen is a good option for the teen in your family. Call us at 913-815-3293.