To better understand the cutting edge technologies behind Invisalign Teen, let’s first take a look at how traditional Invisalign works.
Instead of the traditional metal “train track” braces frequently used to align teeth, Invisalign employs a series of aligners made from clear, medical-grade plastic that are custom-molded to fit each individual patient.
The aligners are hardly visible when worn and they can be removed before eating and brushing.
When Align Technology introduced Invisalign Teen, the goal was to address specific needs related to the teen treatment market that the traditional Invisalign product didn’t address.
Invisalign Teen varies only slightly from the original Invisalign, but it makes a great deal of difference to the teen who is undergoing treatment. To be specific, it has features designed specifically for teens who are still in the growth and development stage.
When looking at the aligners, most patients and their parents notice the small blue circles near the back teeth on the aligners first. These are known as compliance indicators. They are designed to alleviate parents’ concerns over whether their children actually wear the aligners as prescribed. The blue circles gradually fade over time as the aligners are worn.
Parents need only look at those indicators on the aligners to determine whether the aligners are being worn. Invisalign Teen’s specially engineered aligners also feature special characteristics that address the natural eruption of second molars and other erupting teeth, which are common among teenage patients.
Finally, another concern among many parents is what to do in the event that their child loses an aligner.
However, in the event that an aligner is lost, Invisalign Teen offers up to six free replacements.
Invisalign Teen has proven to be a great product that allows teenagers to have all of the benefits of orthodontics treatment, while still being able to remove the aligners for key moments.