Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are two methods of treating malocclusions, without being too obvious, and without affecting the patient’s smile. They are excellent alternatives to braces.
Invisalign is recommended for adults, while Invisalign Teen is recommended for adolescents. Although they share a name, there are some differences in the two treatments. The practice of Justin Devack DMD PA in Tamarac, FL, makes available both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, as appropriate to the patient’s age.
Similarities between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
Both are aligners or devices that are meant to correct misaligned teeth. Dental aligners are plastic trays fitted on the patient’s teeth. Every two weeks, they need to be adjusted or updated to ensure that the misalignment is being lessened, meaning the teeth are becoming straighter as weeks pass. These aligners are practically invisible, and only the dentist and the patient wearing the aligners are aware of their existence. They are also custom-made for each patient, and they need to be worn for 22 hours daily.
Differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
Aside from the fact that the two treatments are age-dependent, there are other differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
Invisalign takes into consideration the fact that non-adolescents are expected to be more responsible in wearing their aligners for the period specified by their dentist. They are also expected to pay more attention to keeping their aligners intact. This is why replacement aligners are less for adults.
Invisalign Teen takes into account more active routines of adolescents. This means that some breakage or damage to the aligners is expected, which is why adolescents wearing them have more replacement aligners.
There is also a provision for the fact that adolescents may not pay as close attention to following the prescribed time for wearing their aligner.
Invisalign Teen has color-changing indicators to let the dentist, the adolescent patient, and the adolescent’s parents know if the aligners were not used as scheduled. This allows the dentist to make corrective adjustments, as necessary.
Invisalign Teen also makes allowances for adolescent patients regarding the growth of additional teeth, particularly molars. These aligners help in directing the additional growing teeth to their correct position.
If you want to have straight teeth but do not like to wear braces, consider opting for Invisalign. You can schedule an appointment by calling (954) 733-3188. Our office address is 4600 W Commercial Blvd Suite 2 Tamarac, FL 33319.