Invisalign Teen works in the same way as adult Invisalign adult treatment. Using transparent custom-moulded aligners to gently move teeth.
However, the treatment has been specifically designed for teenagers with special features including blue wear-indicators to help your orthodontist, you, and your teenager to gauge wear time, compensation for the eruption of canines, second premolars and second molars. In addition, five free individual replacement aligners are included in case any get lost or misplaced. Invisalign Teen fits into a teenager’s life beautifully. Now teens don’t have to be self-conscious when they are out socially, take school photos, post pictures online, or participate in any of the other activities they love. Even better, Invisalign for teenagers starts working with the first set of aligners. So as time goes by, you can watch their teeth gradually get straighter and healthier!
Invisalign First is an orthodontic treatment device designed specifically for young children aged 6-12. Discover more in our Patient Guide here.
What is Invisalign, the process, and how does it work?
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What are the options?
Invisalign has several treatment options available for teenagers, depending on the stage of teeth development. Some teenagers will be suitable for the same Invisalign treatment as adult patients. Younger teenagers, or those who don’t have all of their adult teeth erupted can be treated with Invisalign for kids and teenagers – a treatment designed specifically for teenagers.
Why Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign for teenagers has been developed with teenagers, parents and leading orthodontists who understand the active lifestyles and unique treatment needs of teenage patients. The Invisalign for teenagers aligners are made with the same Invisalign technology used for Invisalign aligners, moving teeth gradually without the need for metal or wires. But because teens (and their mouths) are constantly on the move, there are a few special features:
- Blue Wear Indicators
Blue wear-indicators at the rear of the aligners that fade from blue to clear will help the doctor and parents identify if the patient has been wearing their aligners for the enough length of time.
- Eruption Compensators
In order to compensate for the eruption of canines, second premolars and second molars, special features have been created.
Comparison of Functional Appliance Methods
Invisalign Teen for Complex Cases:
Treatment length: 18-24 Months – 6 months quicker
Treatment plan: Single phase combined treatment. Corrects goofy teeth & straightens teeth together
Speech: Unaffected by Invisalign
Comfort: Very comfortable
Lost braces: No cost for lost aligners
Twin Block & Fixed Braces:
Treatment length: 24-36 Months
Treatment plan: 2 Phases – Overjet correction & tooth straightening done separately
Speech: Affected by twin block
Lost braces: Expensive
Invisalign Mandibular Advancement
Mandibular advancement from Invisalign is only available to growing patients who are in the late baby dentition to permanent dentition, 10-15 years of age. This includes the Invisalign Teen and Invisalign for Children treatments.
Can you tell me more about Invisalign treatment with Mandibular advancement?Invisalign doesn’t use traditional brackets and wires. Instead, it uses precision wings, located on the top and bottom aligners. These wings interlock to hold the jaw in a forward position.
This offers the first clear aligner solution for Class II correction, resulting in moving (posturing) the lower jaw forward while simultaneously aligning the teeth. This constant posturing will have some alveolar bone remodelling that will allow for some correction. This may mean shorter treatment times for patients because previously, orthodontists would correct the jaw position first, then move the teeth at a later phase of treatment. If both can be accomplished at the same time, patients are able to realise shorter treatment times.
The great thing about this is that this offers a very patient-friendly way to achieve great results in about half the time.
What are Class II Treatments?
In Class II treatments, doctors are aligning the teeth and advancing the lower jaw to improve the patient’s profile. Invisalign Teen with mandibular advancement is designed to replicate the action of commonly used functional appliances for Class II correction through new upper and lower ‘precision wings’ which hold the mandible in a forward position, while simultaneously correcting malocclusion and crowding issues. Traditionally, doctors usually correct the mandible position and straighten the teeth in separate phases, resulting in a longer overall treatment time.
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