Whether playing musical instruments, or participating in sports, Invisalign® for Teens can be an ideal orthodontic treatment for active teens. Today, our Surrey orthodontists explain how Invisalign can help to make orthodontic treatment easy for teens.
Many of our teen patients have used standard Invisalign over the years, to straighten their teeth and correct bite issues without the need for metal brackets and wires. That said, with the standard adult aligners, teens ran into some unique challenges simply related to being young. Invisalign for teens has been specifically designed to address those challenges and straighten teen smiles with clear aligners created with special features to make Invisalign treatment more effective for teens.
Over time it became evident that teen patients tended to lose or damage their aligners more often than adult patients. Which is why Invisalign for teens comes with six sets of replacement aligners. With Invisalign for teens, treatment can continue without missing a beat, even if a set of aligners is lost or damaged.
Stageable Eruption Tabs
Because teen mouths are continuing to develop, Invisalign for teens' aligners include stageable eruption tabs. Eruption tabs provide just the right amount of space for new adult teeth to grow-in over the course of treatment, ensuring that the adult teeth grow-in just where they should be.
When compared to adult Invisalign patients, teens tend to be less compliant with their Invisalign treatment. Experience has taught us that teen patients are more likely to remove their aligners frequently, and for longer periods of time than our adult patients. That's why Invisalign for teens comes complete with compliance indicators to help teens keep track of how long they have been wearing a particular set of aligners.
Compliance Indicators are small blue dots hidden on the back of each Invisalign for teens aligner. As the aligners are worn the dots gradually begin to fade, but remain visible until the aligners have been worn for a full two week period. This gives teens the ability to tell how long they have been wearing a particular set of aligners, and when the aligners need to be changed.