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Invisalign Teen

Teenagers and braces go hand in hand. For many teens, having orthodontic treatment is a part of those early formative years. But, while treatment is effective and important for your teen’s oral health, it comes at a stage of life when young people are most self-conscious and having to wear braces doesn’t help. Fortunately, Invisalign Teen does! 

How does Invisalign Teen work?

Invisalign Teen works just the same as its parent system. The clear, plastic aligners fit over the upper and lower teeth, similar to a small mouth guard, and gently work to move teeth into position. The aligners have been custom made to your teen’s teeth, taking into account the growth and development of teenage teeth and jaws, so you can be guaranteed of a result that suits your teen’s facial profile. 

The main difference between the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen aligners is that the version for teens has a blue wear indicator. Invisalign aligners ideally need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day but we’re aware orthodontic treatment may not be your teen’s priority! This blue indicator will gradually change to clear as your teen wears the aligners so you can see if they’re wearing them for as long as they need too. 

Your teen will receive a new set of aligners every 2 to 3 weeks and their treatment plan will also include 6 spare sets just in case they get misplaced! 

What are the benefits of Invisalign Teen?

  • Virtually invisible: Invisalign Teen is ideal for teenagers as the aligners are virtually invisible. This means your teen won’t need to feel self-conscious about having treatment because no-one will be able to tell.
  • Low impact: Invisalign Teen doesn’t get in the way of a teenager’s lifestyle. The aligners can be removed for playing sports or musical instruments, social occasions, such as a school ball, and for photographs. What’s more, because they can be removed at meal times, your teen can continue to eat the food they love!
  • Good for oral health: Because Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, your teen can keep up their oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing is easy, as is cleaning the aligners themselves.