What is the difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen?

Although the treatment benefits and underlying technology are the same, Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists to meet the unique clinical and social needs of teenagers. Some of the features that are found only on the teen product include blue compliance indicators that are designed to gradually fade as the patient wears each aligner eruption tabs that accommodate the growth of the second molars in young adults additional features that specifically address the clinical needs common to teen patients.

How can I be sure my teen is wearing their aligner as recommended by their orthodontist?

Patient compliance is the key to success with Invisalign treatment! Invisalign recommends aligners be worn 20 to 22 hours a day in order for treatment to be effective. With the Invisalign Teen product, compliance indicators are included. This is a blue dot that will fade to clear as the aligner is worn, enabling the teen, parents, and orthodontist to have a visual cue of approximate duration of wear.

What happens if my teen loses their aligners?

Invisalign understands that teens have a tendency to lose track of their aligners at sports practices, sleepovers, or in the cafeteria when they empty their lunch trays. For teen patients, Invisalign provides up to six individual replacement aligners. If an aligner is lost or broken, Dr. Fagala will ask your teen to wear their last set of aligners until their replacement aligners arrive, which will typically be within one week.

When is a teen eligible for Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is designed for patients who have lost all of their baby teeth and have their second molars at least partially erupted. This includes most teens, but we do recommend that parents schedule a free consultation with us to determine if their child is a good candidate for Invisalign Teen.

What is it like to wear Invisalign Teen?

Watch the video below to hear a real Invisalign Teen patient describing the great experience he’s had wearing the clear plastic aligners Invisalign provides, and how effective this alternative orthodontic treatment has been for him.