Invisalign has lots of features that make them stand out from traditional braces, they even created a second line of Invisalign aligners that are designed uniquely for teens. Here our Burnaby orthodontists talk about Invisalign Teen and how this orthodontic treatment fits into the busy lifestyle of teens.
A large fraction of people that choose Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment are teens and the Invisalign team discovered a trend in this significant age group; most of them were experiencing problems uniquely specific to this demographic.
These problems have been addressed and solved with "Invisalign Teen" making Invisalign more easily accessible to the teenage population.
Following we have broken down the features that make Invisalign Teen unique for this audience:
The compliance indicators are the first feature that makes Invisalign Teen unique. These are little blue dots on the aligners themselves that fade away after two weeks, when it's time to change to the next set in the series.
The Invisalign team added the indicators because they were noticing that teens were not following their aligner schedules as required where adults are better at following their set time frames. Teens were either changing their aligners too often or leaving them out too long. This often happens due to forgetfulness and discomfort.
The staff at Invisalign knows that it can be hard to remember how long aligners have to be worn for and when to change them. This is why the compliance indicators were added, to help teenagers stay on schedule. The blue indication dots completely fade away after the aligners have been worn for a total of two weeks, letting Invisalign Teen patients know it's time to put in a new set of aligners.
Lots of teenagers haven't had all of their adult teeth fully come in. Eruption tabs are extra space put in the aligners for teens who need to let their teeth fully grow during their orthodontic treatment.
Teens have a higher risk of losing or breaking their aligners because they leave and take out their aligners more frequently than adults. This is why Invisalign Teen includes extra replacements. The extra sets allow teens to stay consistent with their treatment without experiencing any delays or setbacks if a set happens to get lost or damaged.