Why is Invisalign Teen Different?

Experts advise parents to take their children to see an orthodontist by the age of seven. At this age, they can adequately see how the teeth and jaws are developing, and possibly even whether orthodontics will be needed at some point. If so, most patients of our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills receive treatment during the early teenage years. Invisalign offers a special teen treatment just for these patients. Here is why.

The early teen years are the best for restructuring and straightening the teeth and jaw for two reasons. First, all of the adult teeth have fully grown in by this point. So any movements by the appliances will be permanent ones. Secondly, though the jaw is fully developed, as well, it is still malleable and can be guided easier. Invisalign Teen is specifically designed for these situations.

Another great example is the incoming wisdom teeth. The aligners used for teen patients are expandable, and can accommodate any growing teeth that may come in during treatment. This means that no new aligners will be needed, as the original ones will work just fine.

Invisalign Teen treatment also offers dots on the aligners to indicate use, and up to six replacement aligners. Talk to our Invisalign Teen dentist for more information today.


Invisalign Teen Vs. Braces

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The early teenage years are the best time for orthodontic treatment. This is because all of the permanent teeth are now completely grown in, but the jaw is not fully developed, and is therefore still easy to manipulate. Teens today often have two options available to them to straighten the teeth and correct the bite – braces and Invisalign Teen. As the latter offers many benefits, most choose it over braces.


Invisalign Teen vs. braces

Invisalign Teen offers all of the advantages that Full treatment does. The aligners are invisible, removable, and comfortable. These features make it easier for patients to eat, clean the teeth, and live their everyday life as normal. This is very different than braces, which are highly noticeable, not removable, and can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.

On top of all of these benefits, Teen treatment offers advantages specifically designed for younger patients. The aligners come with blue indicator dots, which disappear with use. This informs the patients, patient’s parents, and our expert in orthodontics in Rocklin whether they are being worn enough each day. They are also equipped with expanders, to accommodate growing jaws and developing wisdom teeth. Furthermore, Invisalign offers up to six replacement aligners in case any go missing or become damaged. All of these features are not available with braces.

How Does Invisalign Teen Work?

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Invisalign Teen corrects teeth with a series of clear plastic aligners made just for younger patients. Although similar to Invisalign Full in terms of basic form and procedure, Invisalign Teen includes a number of special features not present in standard Invisalign. Here is more about how this treatment works.
Invisalign Treatment Principles
To correct teeth, Invisalign Teen uses multiple stages of aligners. Early stages that fit the baseline smile gradually transition toward the final stage, which is shaped to match the desired result. Overbite, underbite, crossbite and spacing issues can all be corrected this way, but vertical repositioning may require a different treatment.
Unique Aspects of Invisalign Teen
Invisalign Teen accommodates adolescents in a few ways. First, it has special bumps that make the system compatible with continuing jaw growth. Second, it has compliance indicators that let our expert in Invisalign in Beverly Hills verify that patients have been wearing the aligners as instructed. Finally, Invisalign Teen includes extra aligners in case of loss or breakage.
While patients aged 17 and older may be eligible for Invisalign Full, most younger adolescents will need the Teen version of Invisalign. Patients can learn more about how this treatment works by scheduling a consultation with our expert in Invisalign Teen in Beverly Hills.