At Winchester Orthodontics, we understand the importance of offering our patients a wide range of treatments to address misaligned teeth and our patient care has been recognised as we have been finalists in ‘The Private Dentistry Awards’. We believe in providing convenient and discreet options for realigning smiles that cater to the unique needs of our patients. Invisalign has been a popular choice among adults, but now there is an exciting new addition to the Invisalign family called Invisalign Teen.
What is Invisalign Teen?
As our orthodontist Hampshire will explain to you, Invisalign Teen is designed specifically for teenagers. Like Invisalign, it is a clear aligner system that utilises advanced technology to realign teeth effectively and discreetly. Similar to Invisalign for adults, Invisalign Teen offers a virtually invisible and removable alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a popular choice among young people who want to straighten their teeth in a comfortable way, without any fuss.
How does Invisalign Teen differ from Invisalign?
While Invisalign Teen and Invisalign share many similarities, there are a few key differences that make Invisalign Teen specifically tailored for young people. Firstly, Invisalign Teen aligners feature compliance indicators, which are small blue dots on the aligners that fade with the proper amount of wear that is required. This helps the patient, our orthodontist Hampshire and parents to monitor whether the aligners are being worn for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day. It is a really useful tool to ensure treatment progresses as it should.
Invisalign Teen aligners also come with eruption tabs. These are specially designed to accommodate the eruption of second molars, which often occurs during the treatment process for teenagers. Eruption tabs ensure that the aligners still fit properly and continue to deliver effective results as any new teeth emerge. And, if that isn’t enough, Invisalign Teen also takes into account the active lifestyles of teenagers. The treatment plan includes additional replacement aligners to accommodate potential loss or damage, which can be common due to various activities like sports, music, or other extracurricular activities.
The benefits of Invisalign Teen
While you may not be concerned about whether or not anyone can see an appliance in your mouth, it may be interesting to know that Invisalign Teen aligners are made from clear, smooth plastic that is virtually invisible when worn, so nobody should realise you have anything in your mouth. This allows teenagers to realign their teeth without feeling self-conscious about having something visible in their mouth. Furthermore, Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, making it easier for patients to maintain good oral hygiene. They can brush and floss their teeth as usual without any obstruction and they can remove the aligners for special occasions or when participating in sports activities.
Just like Invisalign, Invisalign Teen aligners are made bespoke to fit the teenager's mouth comfortably. The aligners are smooth and do not have any wires or brackets that can cause irritation or discomfort. They shouldn’t break, so it is unlikely that time off school for emergency appointments will be needed! A further benefit is that Invisalign Teen aligners will allow teenagers to continue enjoying their favourite foods without the need for any restrictions as the aligners can be removed during meals. Finally, with a beautiful new smile, this should improve self-esteem and make it worth investing in seeing our orthodontist Hampshire here at Winchester Orthodontics. Come and join the Invisalign family.