Invisalign For Kids: An Overview

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What Is Invisalign For Kids?

Parents of young children have a lot to consider when it comes to their child’s oral health. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis, using the proper toothpaste, and scheduling frequent checkups are all key components of maintaining healthy and strong pearly whites. What about orthodontic treatment, though? If your child has crooked teeth or an overcrowded mouth, you may be wondering if Invisalign for kids is a good option for them.

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment for children that use clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Children as young as seven years old are suitable candidates for assessment by our orthodontic experts, and our orthodontists can propose alternatives for improving your child’s smile.

Is My Child A Candidate?

Parents typically ask if their child is a good candidate for Invisalign. Most children are, but there are a few factors to consider before making a decision. Invisalign is incredibly effective at addressing a wide range of dental issues, such as crooked teeth, gaps, and bite problems, but it may not be as suited for more serious orthodontic conditions. Many parents like Invisalign because it is less invasive than traditional braces and allows their child to keep their normal lifestyle – there are no food restrictions, and they don’t have to worry about brackets and wires getting in the way.

Treatment isn’t always necessary right away, and Dr. Labbe always puts your child’s smile’s future ahead of treatment. If your child may benefit from clear aligners in the future but does not require them now, we will keep track of their development and make more informed decisions about future treatment.

Benefits Of Invisalign

Discreet Orthodontics

Invisalign for kids is a custom-made set of transparent, removable aligners that gradually straighten your child’s teeth. When worn, the aligners are comprised of durable, medical-grade plastic that is nearly undetectable. For children who choose a more discreet option to repair their teeth, Invisalign for kids is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces.

Fewer Appointment Times

Braces must be adjusted on a regular basis, including tightening or replacing wires and bands. Such visits can be inconvenient due to hectic schedules between work, school, and extracurricular activities.

Your child can change their aligners at home using clear aligners. Regular appointments are still required to keep your child’s teeth in good condition, but they are much less frequent.

Easier Meal Times And Oral Hygiene Routines

Because Invisalign for Kids is removable, your child can continue to eat their favorite foods and brush and floss their teeth as usual.

No Broken Wires Or Brackets

By removing the aligners before eating, your child avoids the risk of candy or food damaging any wires or brackets, and you avoid making emergency trips to correct them.

Because Invisalign for kids has no metal, there is no risk of being pricked by any loose or broken wires.

Sports

Children who use aligners can absolutely participate in sports! Invisalign for kids will also help prevent your child’s teeth from injury while they are participating in sports.

In some cases, your child may remove the aligners if they become uncomfortable during activities, but they must be stored in their safe container and be put right back in after. Children can also wear their aligners instead of a mouthguard during sports that do not require greater protection.