Our office was part of the Invisalign Teen pilot project when Align Technology wanted to develop a product that addressed many of the barriers for teenagers to be candidates for Invisalign. In some applications, Invisalign Teen may be used for non-teen patients as well.
Invisalign Teen is the same product as Invisalign with a few key differences:
-compliance indicators to gauge approximate wear time
-power ridges for lingual root torque of upper front teeth
-eruption tabs to compensate for the fact that not all teeth may be fully in
-six replacement aligners to reduce the worry over lost aligners
Candidates for Invisalign would be candidates for Invisalign Teen. Our office has now completed some treatments using Teen with great success. The product became available world-wide at the beginning of March 2009.