Submitted by: Stephen Grussmark
MIAMI, CORAL GABLES, BRICKELL AND MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – When Invisalign Teen was launched in 2008, the professionals at the Centre for Invisible Braces in Miami anticipated that it would become wildly popular, and they were correct.
The product has continued to become more widely used in the past two and a half years, especially as younger patients seek more aesthetic options to traditional metal braces, said Dr. Stephen Grussmark, a Miami orthodontist.
To better understand the modern technologies behind Invisalign Teen, let’s first take a look at how traditional Invisalign works.
Align Technology, Inc. introduced Invisalign in 1999, and Grussmark has offered the treatment at his Coral Gables, Brickell and Miami orthodontics offices since then. He also is an Invisalign elite premier provider.
Instead of the traditional metal “train track” braces commonly used to align teeth, Invisalign uses a series of aligners made from medical-grade, clear plastic that are custom-molded to fit each individual patient.
The aligners are nearly invisible when worn and they can be removed before eating and brushing.
When Align Technology introduced Invisalign Teen, the goal was to meet specific needs related to the teen treatment market that the traditional Invisalign product did not address.
Invisalign Teen differs slightly from the original Invisalign product, but it makes a big difference to the teen who is undergoing treatment, said Grussmark, a Miami Invisalign expert. To be specific, it has features designed specifically for teens who are still in the growth and development stage.
Most patients and their parents first notice the small blue circles near the back teeth on the Invisalign Teen aligners. These are known as compliance indicators. They are designed to alleviate parents concerns over whether their children actually wear the aligners as prescribed. The blue circles gradually fade over time as the aligners are worn.
“Parents need only look at those indicators on the aligners to determine whether the aligners are being worn, “Grussmark said. “The aligners only work if they are being worn.”
Invisalign Teen’s specially engineered aligners also feature special characteristics that address the natural eruption of second molars and other erupting teeth, which are common among teenage patients.
Finally, another concern among many parents is what to do in the event that their child loses an aligner.
“Surprisingly, this rarely is a problem,” Grussmark said. However, in the event that an aligner is lost, Invisalign Teen offers up to six free replacements.
Invisalign Teen has proven to be a great product that allows teenagers to have all of the benefits of orthodontic treatment, while still being able to remove the aligners for key moments, such as prom, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceaeras, senior photos and other special occasions.
About Centre for Invisible Orthodontics
The Centre for Invisible Orthodontics is dedicated to orthodontic treatment using Invisalign invisible braces. Dr. Stephen Grussmark has been an Invisalign provider since 1999. He is an Elite Premier Provider and is among the top 100 Invisalign providers in the world.
Dr. Grussmark is a Miami native who attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree and went to dental school at University of Maryland. He completed his orthodontic residency at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.
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