Friday, March 18, 2011

Is Invisalign Teen different from Invisalign?

For the most part, Invisalign has always been considered a method of treating adults. However, with the launch of Invisalign Teen, we now can provide the same advantages of Invisalign treatment to our teenage patients in the Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding areas. 

Invisalign Teen has several features that are different from Invisalign. One of these features includes its ability to allow for partially erupted teeth (teeth that are not all the way through the gum tissue) to now be included as part of treatment. Previously, teenagers were only considered a candidate for Invisalign if all their permanent teeth were present. This is no longer the case.

A second feature is its compliance indicators. Since Invisalign is a removable appliance, it is different from traditional braces which are used to treat the majority of teenagers, since these are glued to the teeth for the length of treatment. Therefore, Invisalign treatment was considered an unsuitable treatment option in the eyes of most orthodontists for teens.  To work effectively, a patient needs to wear their aligners 20-22 hours a day. Invisalign Teen introduced compliance indicators, which are colored indicators that fade with use, allowing your orthodontist to gauge if the appliance is being worn the required amount of time.

Finally, Invisalign Teen also provides up to six free replacement aligners should they be lost or broken. This was in recognition that teenagers may not be as responsible as adults. However, since the launch of Invisalign Teen, research has shown that there has been no significant difference between teenagers and adults when it comes to losing trays.

If you are a teenager and are considering improving your smile but don’t want a mouth full of metal, contact an orthodontist who is a specific Invisalign Teen designated provider and who specializes in using Invisalign for teens in the Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding areas.

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