What Is the Difference Between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are two different products. The differences between the two might not be significant to the casual observer, but it is important to know the differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen when considering orthodontic treatment near Natick, MA. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham know the differences and the most appropriate circumstances in which each is effective.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are plastic trays that the patient “updates” every two weeks to gradually straighten teeth. Each new aligner is straighter than the last and molds your teeth into a gradually straightened position. Each set of Invisalign or Invisalign Teen trays is made specifically for the patient’s teeth using advanced 3-D technology. These aligners are virtually invisible to anyone but the wearer.

What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen works just like adult Invisalign, but Invisalign Teen has a method to help Dr. Deborah Himelhoch knows how often you are actually wearing your aligners. A small dot on the back of only the Invisalign Teen aligners changes color from blue to clear or white the more often the tray is worn. This dot is not included on adult Invisalign trays because it is assumed that adults are responsible enough to wear their aligners for the prescribed amount of time. The team at Smiles in Framingham recommends that Invisalign aligners be worn consistently and only removed for eating, brushing, or flossing.

A difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen is the number of replacement aligners provided. Because of the active nature of a teen’s lifestyle, more replacement aligners are provided with Invisalign Teen, just in case a set gets broken or lost.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or Invisalign Teen near Natick, MA has no real differences in terms of treatment. They are both similar in shape, material, treatable cases, and treatment, but Invisalign Teen is designed for the active teen.

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham is an expert in treatment with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. For more information, contact Smiles in Framingham today at: (508) 872-0555.


To all my wonderful patients and their families:

 

The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.

 

Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.

 

Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.

 

I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.

 

Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

 

Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.

 

My very best wishes to all of you,

 

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch