For more than 20 years, patients have used Invisalign alignment trays to get straight and beautiful smiles. In our office, it is one of the procedures that give us the most patient inquiries. Many of the patients interested in Invisalign are teenagers. They are attracted to the facts that the aligners are clear and discrete and that because the alignment trays are removable, there are no food restrictions for those who use Invisalign.
Early in its use, Invisalign was an orthodontic option just for our adult patients. It was not suitable for younger patients because the trays could not accommodate the growing jaws and erupting molars common to most teens. However, Invisalign responded to teenage patients and created Invisalign Teen.
Invisalign Teen works best for those between the ages of 13-19 years of age. The teen version of Invisalign alignment trays has built-in tabs that allow room for a growing jaw as well as space for the final set of molars to break through the gums. Additionally, Invisalign Teen aligners come with a tiny blue dot which gradually disappears as the alignment tray is in a patient’s mouth. The indicator assures that Invisalign trays get the proper amount of wear time. This is necessary because some patients struggle with wearing the alignment trays for the required 22 hours a day.
Our Invisalign dentist in Huntington Beach works with a significant number of teens to help create beautiful smiles quickly and comfortably. Invisalign Teen works the same way that traditional Invisalign works. After you have decided that Invisalign is the right choice for you, our Huntington Beach dentist creates tooth molds that dental technicians use to make the set of alignment trays. Most patients get around 20 trays that will gradually push teeth into their optimal positions. The process usually takes a year, depending on the severity of the condition and patient compliance. During this time, our dentist will check the progress of the alignment trays and make any necessary adjustments.
If your child is ages 13-19 with interest in Invisalign Teen, feel free to call our office for a no-obligation consultation where we can answer your questions.