Can Teenagers Use Invisalign?

Patients have trusted Invisalign to correct their teeth for over 20 years. It is one of the most requested treatments in our office. More than ten million people experienced success with Invisalign over the past two decades and the product keeps evolving and improving.

When Invisalign debuted, it offered so many features that our younger patients believed preferable to traditional wired braces. A clear, comfortable, and removable means of repositioning teeth were on all teen’s orthodontic wish list.

Unfortunately, the early Invisalign alignment trays were not suitable for teens. The aligners offered no space for erupting molars or room to accommodate growing jaws. Dental professionals also questioned if teens would maintain the rigorous schedule of wearing Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours a day.

As time passed and technology improved, Align Technology created a series of Invisalign to meet the needs of younger patients. The Invisalign Teen system is popular with the teen patients here at our Huntington Beach cosmetic dentist office.

The improvements and alterations that make Invisalign Teen a great choice for teenage patients include:

• ADJUSTABLE TABS- Invisalign Teen alignment trays can create extra space for erupting molars and growing jaws thanks to adjustable tabs.

• BLUE COMPLIANCE DOT- The Invisalign Teen aligners have a small blue dot on the inside. As time passes, the dot will gradually disappear if your teen is wearing the trays the recommended amount of time each day. If your teen is not wearing the aligners, the blue dot serves as a reminder.

• REPLACEMENT ALIGNERS- Traditional Invisalign does not offer patients replacement aligners. The belief is that adults will keep track of their alignment trays and not subject the trays to rough treatment. Because teens are very active, it is more likely that a tray could break or be lost. If this happens, our office can give your teen a replacement.

If your teen is interested in Invisalign Teen, please feel free to contact our office. Our staff can give you helpful information as well as schedule a no-obligation consultation. At the consultation, you and your teenager can ask questions and learn about how Invisalign Teen can help your teen love their smile.