Can Teens Benefit from Invisalign?

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Our patients make inquiries each day about Invisalign. Even though the alignment system is more than 20 years old; it remains one of our most requested treatments.

When Invisalign premiered, patients were eager to try the clear removable orthodontic treatment that had no wires or food restrictions. Unfortunately, teenagers the patients with the strongest interest in Invisalign could not use the system. When Invisalign first arrived, it was not suitable for younger patients. The aligner trays had no way to accommodate growing jaws or erupting molars.

After some time passed, makers of Invisalign, Align Technology, developed the Invisalign Teen system. The aligner trays expand to allow for jaw growth and have tabs to accommodate molars. Additionally, Invisalign Teen comes with a compliance indicator to help monitor the amount of time the patient uses the aligners. To get optimal results in the shortest amount of time possible, a patient must wear the alignment trays between 20-22 hours each day. In a perfect world, this would be a simple task, but in the midst of a busy day, we know it is easy to get sidetracked or forget the aligners. To help keep patients on track, a small blue dot measures how long a patient wears the alignment tray. The dot wears away as the Invisalign tray spends time in use. When the time comes to switch trays, the dot is gone from the tray if worn properly. These adaptations to the original Invisalign system make it ideal for teens as well as for adults.

When you visit our office for Invisalign Teen, you are in good hands. Our dentist has extensive training with Invisalign and serves on Align Technology’s panel of expert dentists helping advise the company. Our San Francisco dentist has years of training in various orthodontic treatments including Invisalign.

If your teen is interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact our scheduling staff for a consultation appointment. This is a no-obligation visit to help you and your teen understand the Invisalign system.

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Parents of Invisalign Teens

Aligners Focus - 1Invisalign Teen is the successful spinoff of the industry-changing program Invisalign. This program straightens teeth using thermoplastics. The patient wears aligners so clear they’re not noticed at a glance. Teeth are straightened in relative privacy, and without many of the inconveniences of traditional braces.

When it comes to Invisalign Teen, patients need to oversee their child’s usage. Kids are busy, especially teens. Invisalign has a schedule that needs following, and any deviation can slow the straightening process. The aligners are designed to be worn in a certain order, for a certain length of time—usually 2 weeks.

Parents need to make sure their teen wears their aligners for the required 22 hours per day. This means meals and snacks are the only exception. It’s acceptable for teens to wear their aligners while playing sports or being in band—in fact, that’s one of the draws of Invisalign. But busy teens can also lose their aligners really easily. Invisalign Teen offers extra aligners, but it’s still important to stay on track. Helpfully, each aligner has a blue indicator that fades with wear, demonstrating to your Beverly Hills Invisalign provider that the patient is in compliance.

Encourage the patient to keep their aligners clean, and practices regular hygiene.