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How Does Invisalign for Teens Differ from Invisalign for Adults

There are plenty of things that can chip away at your self-confidence, but many of them will go away with time. A bad haircut will grow out, for example. Acne will clear up. Those extra pounds will fade away with some dietary changes and exercise.

While you can control certain things like where and how your hair is cut and what you eat, some things are beyond your control. The position of your teeth is one thing you can’t control on your own. Unfortunately, a misaligned smile is a source of discomfort for too many people and it can negatively influence their self-esteem.

What Is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign treatment is a way that trained dentists and orthodontists are able to correct a wide variety of dental problems, such as gap teeth, overbites and underbites. During their treatment, patients are given Invisalign clear aligners every two weeks. These custom-fit trays gradually move teeth into proper position over time.

Each successive set of Invisalign aligners is slightly straighter than its predecessor. Every set of aligners is made using advanced 3D technology so that it precisely fits the wearer’s teeth. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible to onlookers, with many observers unable to tell that a person is even wearing them.

Patients wear their Invisalign aligners for 20 – 22 hours per day. You can remove your aligners when you eat, brush your teeth and floss.

Invisalign for Teens vs Invisalign for Adults

Invisalign Teen is quite similar to Invisalign for adults, but there are two significant differences between the two treatments. Unlike Invisalign for adults, the aligners used in Invisalign Teen have a tiny dot on the back. That dot will change color from blue to clear to white depending on how often a teenager wears his or her aligners. Obviously, the more teenagers wear their Invisalign aligners the more readily the color of the dot will change hues.

Invisalign aligners made for adults don’t have a dot. That’s because it’s assumed that grown-ups have the self-discipline necessary to wear their aligners as often as they should.

The second difference between Teen Invisalign and Invisalign for adults is the number of aligners each type of patient will receive. Because teens are so active and they’re sometimes not as responsible with their belongings as adults, teenagers receive more replacement aligners than adult patients do.

Other than the differences just discussed, Invisalign treatment for grown-ups and teens is the same. Invisalign can be used to treat the same kinds of dental issues and the materials used are the same for both age groups.

Adult and Teen Invisalign at Clearsmile Orthodontics

Whether you’re an adult or teenager, Dr. Colin Webb can create a custom Invisalign treatment plan for you. Dr. Webb and his talented team are committed to giving people their best smile, and they’re eager to do just that for you.

There’s no reason to suffer with a smile that’s pecking away at your self-esteem any longer. Take control of your smile and let the experts at Clearsmile Orthodontics create an individualized Invisalign treatment plan so you can show the world your best smile.