Invisalign® Teen: Invisible Orthodontics for Teenagers
By Dr. David Wyse on January 16, 2018
Having straight teeth is important for your dental health and your self-esteem. While traditional braces and orthodontic procedures have been a standard treatment for years, more and more adults and teens are turning to Invisalign®. The clear plastic aligners are easy to remove, allowing you to eat your favorite foods and clean your teeth with ease.
The dentists at Chrisman & Wyse here in Bloomington, IL would like to consider Invisalign® Teen, a new take on Invisalign® treatment. If you're in your teens, Invisalign® Teen may be right for you.
What Is Invisalign® Teen?
Invisalign® Teen is a variation on traditional Invisalign® that is made specifically for teenagers. While there are some unique features that differentiate Invisalign® Teen from normal Invisalign®, the overall principle is still the same. It’s an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces that have bracket and wires.
How Invisalign® Teen Works
With Invisalign® Teen, patients wear their clear plastic aligners at all times save for when eating, drinking, and cleaning their teeth. Every two weeks, the patient switches out the old Invisalign® aligner for a new one. Gradually over the course of many months, the patient’s teeth are shifted into proper alignment. The result is a smile that’s straight and in proper alignment.
Created with Teenagers in Mind
Invisalign® Teen was developed by orthodontics who know what teenagers face when it comes to dental health needs and overall self-esteem. Thanks to this expert input into the design, Invisalign® Teen has become an extremely popular treatment option for young people in high school.
Blue Dot Indicator
While patients can replace their Invisalign® aligners every two weeks, Invisalign® Teen includes special blue dot indicators as an extra reminder. These blue dots on each aligner will fade over the course of about two weeks. Once the dot is gone, patients can move on to the next aligner in the sequence.
Eruption Tabs for Incoming Teeth
Sometimes teenage patients don’t have all of their permanent teeth in place yet. Invisalign® Teen takes this into account. Each Invisalign® Teen aligner has special eruption tabs that accommodate emerging teeth and help guide them into proper alignment and position. This helps prevent the need for additional orthodontic correction later on.
Ordering Replacement Aligners
Sometimes teenagers may lose track of an aligner. Accidents can happen, especially when patients have a lot on their minds. That’s why replacement aligners are available through Invisalign® Teen without extra charge. Obviously teens shouldn’t make a habit of losing aligners, but Invisalign® Teen has them covered.
Is Invisalign® Teen Right for Me?
The best way to find out if Invisalign® Teen is right for you is to come into the practice for a consultation. During your visit, your smile can be assessed and you can get all the info you need about the Invisalign® Teen process. If Invisalign® Teen isn’t ideal for you, you can discuss traditional orthodontic treatment with your dentist.
Learn More About Invisalign® Teen
For more information about Invisalign® Teen and how it can help you have a straighter and more beautiful smile, be sure to contact our team of dentists today. We at Chrisman & Wyse look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.
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