Invisalign Teen - A Review

Invisalign Teen - What Are Invisalign Braces?

Invisalign teen braces are a new, modern kind of almost invisible braces that are a replacement for traditional metal braces. They are custom made from a clear, medical grade plastic. The patient has a mould taken of their own teeth from which a model of their teeth is created. This 3d model is then put into a computer which then creates a series of aligners (or Invisalign trays) that gradually move the teeth into the correct position.

Each aligner is worn for approximately 2 weeks, before it is switched for the next one in the series. In this way teeth are gradually and comfortable moved into the desired position.

Invisalign teen has many benefits over traditional metal braces. Firstly, they are removable for eating and cleaning which means that teenagers generally keep better dental hygiene than with traditional metal braces. Metal braces can be very difficult to clean and floss around, but this is not an issue with Invisalign.

Patient wearing Invisalign braces
Patient wearing Invisalign braces

Secondly, they are nearly invisible. Many teens are extremely self conscious about the prospect of getting braces and Invisalign Teen help to alleviate this by being far, far less visible than traditional braces.

Thirdly, they are less uncomfortable than traditional braces. Whereas traditional braces can cause rubbing and chafing in the mouth, invisalign are made of a smooth moulded plastic. This means that rubbing is eliminated as is the need for specialist dental gels and waxes.

Invisalign Teen - Clincheck

The Invisalign clincheck is one of the most interesting features of the Invisalign system. It is a computer simulation of the movements that teeth will make that the patient and orthodontist are able to see prior to starting treatment. 

It also provides a guide for both the patient and provider about how treatment is progressing. An example of an Invisalign Teen Clincheck can be seen below. 

Invisalign Teen Clincheck

Invisalign Teen - Who Can It Treat?

When Invisalign was first launched it was considered only suitable for adult patients with relatively simple orthodontic problems. Modifications to the system however mean that it is now suitable for teen patients and is also able to treat almost every case that metal braces could treat. 

Invisalign can now be used to treat:

  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

How Is Invisalign Teen Different From Standard Invisalign?

Invisalign Teen has several features that are different from adult braces. Firstly, it is designed to allow for partially unerupted teeth, in other words, teeth that are not yet completely through the gum.

Secondly, it has compliance indicators. One of the major reasons that Invisalign was initially considered unsuitable for teens was due to the ability to remove the aligners. To work properly they need to be worn 20-22 hours a day. However, with the launch of Invisalign teen Align added compliance indicators. These are small colored blobs that gradually fade over two weeks when the appliance is worn correctly. In this way parents and providers can check whether the required number of hours wear has been achieved.

Invisalign teen also recognizes that teens may not be as organised as adults and allows for free replacement of up to six aligners should they be lost.

There are specific Invisalign Teen designated providers who specialize in using  Invisalign for teens. A list of these, including a region by region search facility is available on the Invisalign website. 

What Does Invisalign Teen Cost?

Invisalign Teen costs approximately the same as traditional braces although the cost varies significantly between different areas and different providers. The average cost in the US is approximately $5000 but this is much higher in some parts of the country.

It is likely that you will have many more specific questions about Invisalign. Please see the following links to get more specific information about varies Invisalign topics. 

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TheFont 5 years ago from Australia Author

I think you can Linda, but you need to get your parents to take you to an orthodontist. Good luck!

Linda 5 years ago

I have a question: Can I can get Invisilign even if I'm only 12? If someone knows, please reply. Thank you!

samantha 5 years ago

I have a friend whose using this

invisalign teen and it works well for her! just so perfect that we didn't even notice she's using it until she remove it and told us about the therapy she's in.

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TheFont 6 years ago from Australia Author

Hi there Alice,

Yes, I believe they work just as well as other braces as long as you wear them for 20-22 hours a day as you are supposed to.

Alice 6 years ago

i am really interested in getting invisilign teen (im 13) but i am wondering if they work as well.

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