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While all certified Invisalign orthodontists are able to provide Invisalign Teen, only those with the Invisalign Teen designation have a certain volume of experience working with teens and Invisalign.

Invisalign Teen

There’s an alternative to metal braces and even ceramic braces for teenagers.

Invisalign Teen is like basic Invisalign with added features to maximize treatment success. The use of compliance indicators, blue tabs that fade with wear, helps the doctor and parents with monitoring adequate wear time, if needed. It is also a good way for teenagers to keep track of their own progress. Most teens can use the adult product without these indicators as well!

Many parents will worry about their teens not being responsible for wearing the aligners. In general, teenagers are excellent Invisalign Teen patients, because they are motivated to use it as directed, to avoid requiring traditional braces. In many offices, teen patients are actually more compliant than adults.

Invisalign for your Teen confers several advantages:

Cleaning with Invisalign Teen: Since they are removable, it becomes easier to clean the teeth, and there is a lower chance of tooth decay, gum disease, and white scars on the teeth.

Eating with Invisalign Teen: There is no restriction on the consumption of foods, ensuring that teens are able to eat what they need to in order to grow.

Activities with Invisalign Teen: There is less of a disturbance to playing musical instruments and playing sports, fitting well into the active lifestyle of today’s teens.

Comfort with Invisalign Teen: Teen find Invisalign more comfortable than braces because there the plastic is more comfortable against the cheeks and lips than wire and braces. Also, since the teeth move with each aligner, there is more frequent but gentle movement of the teeth compared to braces, where pressure is required to last 8-10 weeks until the next visit.

Fewer Visits with Invisalign Teen: Teenagers are very busy with their schedules. With dispensing aligners, many patients can be seen every 2-4 months, saving many trips to the office. There are also few to no emergencies like those commonly seen with traditional braces.

While all certified Invisalign orthodontists are able to provide Invisalign Teen, only those with the Invisalign Teen designation have a certain volume of experience working with teens and Invisalign. Treatment approaches for teens and adults is very different, so seeking out Invisalign Teen doctors will help maximize the success of your results.