Our BC Straight Smile dentists offer Invisalign® for teens to straighten teen smiles, and meet the unique orthodontic treatment needs of today’s busy teenagers. Here's what makes Invisalign® for teens an ideal orthodontic treatment for many young patients.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners are of removable orthodontic aligners that are convenient and almost completely invisible when worn. Invisalign aligners have been designed to correct both simple and complex tooth misalignment issues as well as many bite issues in teens and adults.
How does Invisalign® work?
Invisalign patients simply wear each set of clear custom aligners in their treatment series for approximately two weeks, then switch to the next set of aligners.
Every custom made aligner in their treatment series is shaped slightly differently than the previous aligner, and each is made to precisely control specific and gradual tooth movement. Every aligner plays a unique role in achieving a straighter smile.
Invisalign aligners are created from a thin clear material called SmartTrack, making Invisalign aligners nearly invisible when worn. The clear aligners are also removable, allowing Invisalign patients to eat, drink and care for their teeth without worrying about damaging their braces. AND...there's no need to give up favourite foods, or significantly change at-home oral hygiene routines.
What's different about Invisalign® for teens?
Invisalign for teens has all of the convenience and comfort of standard Invisalign but with added features developed with the unique needs of teens in mind. Invisalign for teens helps to make it easier for teens to stay on track with their treatment schedule, and accommodates the ongoing changes to their developing smiles.
- Replacement Aligners - Invisalign research has shown that, since teen patients are more likely than adults to remove their aligners, they are also more likely to damage or misplace them. Invisalign for teens comes with 6 replacement aligners so that teen's treatment can continue without skipping a beat.
- Compliance Indicators - These little blue dots hidden on the backs of each aligner, fade away after two weeks of full-time wear. The gradually fading compliance indicators specifically help teens because on average, teens tend to be less compliant to their prescribed treatment than adults by taking their aligners out more often, and for longer periods of time. Compliance indicators on Invisalign for teens can help teens to keep track of how long they have worn a particular set of aligners because the dots will only disappear after two full weeks of wear. If the teen veers off track with their treatment, they can easily pick-up where they left off, and know how much longer they need to wear their current set of aligners.
- Eruption Tabs - Invisalign for teens also has the addition of eruption tabs. Eruption tabs can be prescribed for younger teens whose adult teeth have not quite finished coming in. This feature provides space in the Invisalign aligners to allow newly erupting teeth to grow through straight, and where they are wanted.