At Just Orthodontics, we are committed to helping patients of all ages achieve results that work for the long haul. This treatment can even start as young as six years old. It’s a common misconception that your child has to have all of their permanent teeth before they can start orthodontic treatment. Still, as long as they have started growing permanent teeth, we find it helpful for early intervention to prevent bigger problems down the road. No one knows your child better than you, and if you know your child can take direction well, Invisalign can be an amazing option to help them get a beautiful, healthy smile.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are molded to fit your child’s mouth perfectly and adjusted overtime incrementally to shift their teeth into the desired position. We use a 3D imaging system to capture every groove of their teeth and use this image as well as the model of the desired results to craft a treatment plan that is comfortable and effective. Invisalign is made using a thermoplastic engineered for patient comfort. We make sure to cut off excess material so that your child doesn’t experience any gum agitation. The aligners will fit snugly over the patient’s teeth and provide a comfort level that has made this treatment so popular. Every two weeks, you will receive a new set of clear aligners changed slightly to model the desired smile projection closely. The aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day so that your investment is honored by a fast and efficient treatment length.
How Is Invisalign for Kids Different than Invisalign for Adults?
Invisalign is gaining popularity for kids because of how effective the results are in the growing mouths. Orthodontic treatment has proven to be efficient and even necessary for kids so that their teeth grow properly or so that certain structural issues are more readily avoided. Often, kids adapt better to wearing Invisalign than adults because they are more willing to accept change and can easily get used to the clear aligners in their mouths. We understand that parents’ big worry is that they will invest in this treatment, and their children won’t wear their aligners. Invisalign has built-in defenses against this that will let you and your doctor know whether or not your child has been consistent in putting in their retainers.
There are compliance indicators located in the back of the appliance. The indicators consist of blue dots that are only noticeable to someone inspecting the aligners. These blue dots will fade with time if your child is wearing their aligners as they should. If the dot is still bold when it comes time for the next set of aligners, you will know right away that they need to put a higher priority on making sure the Invisalign stays in for a majority of the day.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign for Children?
Invisalign is a great option for children because it allows them the freedom to eat what they want while allowing them to clean their teeth and aligners easily. Wearers are encouraged to avoid eating sticky, hard, and chewy foods to prevent loose wires or broken brackets with traditional metal braces. No such rules exist with Invisalign! Your child is free to enjoy their favorite treats without any threat to their treatment.
Another huge benefit of Invisalign for kids is that it allows them to maintain their oral hygiene level. We all know that children have difficulty brushing their teeth effectively, which can only be further complicated by adding a metal appliance to the mix. Oftentimes, food debris and acidic particles go unnoticed behind wires because they are difficult for children to access. With Invisalign, they can easily remove their aligners and brush and floss their teeth before replacing them. It’s also important to brush your child’s aligners with a toothbrush and warm water so that no food particles are put back on their clean teeth.
Can My Child Still Participate in Sports?
Yes! Your child is free to enjoy any of their favorite sports with their Invisalign in place. The aligners act like a sort of mouth guard, so there isn’t any uncomfortable mashing or damage that sometimes accompanies braces in athletic settings. If your child does decide they don’t want to play with their Invisalign, they can easily remove them for a short period and replace them when they are done with their practice or game.