In the past few years, Invisalign has become more and more popular between both teens and adults. Even with its growing popularity, many still do not know that Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are two different products. To an outside the differences between the two might not be a big deal however to someone who is looking to aligning their teeth, it is important to know the differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Dr. Nooshi Akavan from Akavan Orthodontics is here to explain the differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen near Van Nuys to help patients figure out which orthodontic treatment is right for them.
What is an Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is one of the latest and most popular alternative to traditional metal braces. They are made up of aligners which the patient changes every two weeks to gradually straighten their teeth. Each new aligner is straighter which molds your teeth to be straighter and straighter, gradually receiving the desired results. These aligners are made of a clear plastic material which makes it virtually invisible to others. This means that you can be aligning your teeth and others may not even know! Each set of Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is made specifically for the patient’s teeth using advanced 3-D technology which helps Dr. Akavan predetermine your treatment plan and show you the results which you will achieve at the end before you even begin.
What are the differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen?
The first major difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen is a small dot on the back of only Invisalign Teen aligners. This dot is used so Dr. Akavan knows how often you are actually wearing your aligners. The more you wear the aligners, the more the dot changes from blue to clear or white. The team at Akavan Orthodontics recommends that your aligners be worn for at least 22 hours, however this dot allows Dr. Akavan to monitor and make sure that you are following her requests. The dot also helps the patient! A patient can also see this dot and gage whether they are on the right track or should be wearing their aligners more to keep with the schedule. This dot is not included in Invisalign because it is assumed that adults are responsible enough to wear their aligners for the specific amount of hours. Kids, however, need a little more push to make sure they are following the directions from Dr. Akavan.
The other major difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen is the number of replacement aligners provided. Because some teens are less responsible than adults, Invisalign provides more replacement aligners for those with Invisalign Teen just in case a set gets broken or lost. Akavan Orthodontics wants to make sure that you walk away with the perfect smile and is happy to provide replacement aligners so you can stay on track with your treatment.
For the most part, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen only have two major differences. They are both similar in shape, material, treatable cases, and treatment, but have those two specific differences which can affect a patient’s decision when choosing the Invisalign treatment which is right for them. Dr. Nooshi Akavan of Akavan Orthodontics near Van Nuys wants to make sure these differences are clear so that you receive the perfect picture smile at the end of your treatment, whether because of Invisalign or Invisalign Teen. For more information, contact Akavan Orthodontics today at 818.345.9601 to learn more or to make an upcoming appointment!