Are you considering Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment option? If you are a teen, as many of our patients are, we have great news for you! Invisalign offers a system of aligners specifically catered toward adolescents called Invisalign Teen. Invisalign Teen has all of the great benefits of a standard Invisalign treatment plan, with a couple of additional features to help ensure your success in your orthodontic journey!
There are two major differences between standard Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. The first is that the Invisalign Teen package comes with up to six replacement aligners at no additional charge. We’re definitely not judging, but teens can (sometimes!) be a little less responsible than adults (we get it, you’re still learning!). Things happen. Sometimes you might accidentally throw your aligners away with your lunch tray in the cafeteria, or somewhere in the giant pile of clothes that are too dirty to go in the closet but too clean to put in the hamper. The extra replacements included in the Invisalign Teen package are there to protect your family’s wallets in these situations!
The other added feature specific to Invisalign Teen is the blue indicator dot located on the back of the aligners trays. Typically, an Invisalign user will wear the same trays for two weeks before switching them out for the next set. The blue dots on Invisalign Teen trays won’t be visible when you smile, but they are very important. The more you wear your trays, the more the dots will fade. The blue dots should be completely faded by the end of each two week round of aligners. If they dots are not faded at that point, then you probably haven’t been wearing your trays enough! The dots act as a tool to help keep you on track and help your orthodontist keep track of your progress.
One of the most appealing features of Invisalign is the fact that you can remove the trays to eat or do other brief activities. Standard or adult Invisalign trays do not have the dots, as it is assumed that adults will wear their trays for the recommended 22 hours per day on their own. However, we certainly know that some adults could benefit from this reminder!
Are you interested in learning more about Invisalign Teen? Schedule a consultation with us today!