In order for orthodontic treatment to be effective, teens need to have a high degree of compliance, meaning they need to adhere to the recommended treatment for all of the time necessary. With traditional braces, compliance is not an issue, because the brackets are permanently adhered to the teeth. However, with Invisalign, compliance can be an area of concern for parents because the Aligners are fully removable. In order to be fully effective, Invisalign Aligners need to be worn 23 hours per day.
The mere idea of Invisalign Teen is often enough to stimulate compliance. Invisalign Teen is invisible, does not interfere with sports mouth guards or instrument reeds, and does not impair speech. Invisalign Teen also addresses natural eruption of permanent teeth, root-movement control, and minor cases of overbite/crossbite/underbite (specific conditions need to be assessed by your orthodontist). Teens are usually very motivated to wear Invisalign Teen because there is virtually no impact to their everyday lives. Teens appreciate the option to remove Invisalign Teen for milestone events, such as senior pictures, prom, and musical performances, although removal is certainly not necessary.
In what other ways does Invisalign Teen assure compliance? Invisalign Teen has its own built-in, compliance-tracking device. Invisalign Teen aligners have blue “wear dots” on the inside of the aligners. The blue dots are specially designed to wear down as the Aligner is used. Your orthodontist can tell how long the aligner has been worn by looking at how much of the blue dots are still there. This system ensures that teens are held accountable for wearing their Aligners, and keeps the treatment course on schedule.
Invisalign Teen is also worn for approximately the same amount of time as traditional braces, depending on your situation. In some cases, Invisalign Teen may be used in conjunction with traditional braces, with the braces being worn for a shorter period of time than with braces alone. Invisalign Teen is available only through authorized orthodontists such as Burke Orthodontics. We would be happy to answer your questions about Invisalign Teen.
Still wondering whether Invisalign Teen is right for your child? Call Burke Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation. We would love to meet you.