What is Invisalign for Kids?
Invisalign for Kids is a teeth-straightening system that uses a set of see-through, removable aligners to gradually move a child’s teeth into their proper positions. Invisalign for Kids can be used to treat overcrowding, a crossbite, an overbite, an underbite and spacing issues.
What is the Minimum Age a Child Must Be to Use Invisalign for Kids?
While a specific minimum age has not been set for using the Invisalign teeth-straightening system, since the aligners must be worn 22 hours a day, older children and teens are typically the best candidates.
Can My Child Eat and Drink with the Aligner Trays in?
Before your child eats or drinks anything (except for water), he or she needs to remove the Invisalign aligners; otherwise, they may sustain damage. These aligners are not made to withstand the chewing process; furthermore, depending on the type of food or drink your child is consuming, the aligners may become stained and, once stained, they are no longer ‘invisible.’ If your child neglects to take his or her aligners out as recommended, your maintenance costs will rise.
When compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign offers a variety of advantages. These advantages range from aesthetics to comfort, to easy maintenance.
Benefits of Invisalign:
- Since aligners are removed prior to eating, your child’s diet will not be restricted, which means that, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners will not hamper your child’s everyday life.
- Many times, children and teens will avoid getting braces for aesthetic reasons: If this is the case, these individuals frequently feel insecure because their teeth are crooked or because they are wearing traditional metal braces. Either way, Invisalign aligners can solve these problems. The aligners are practically invisible, so they will not attract attention during treatment and, once treatment is complete, the crooked teeth will be corrected; thus, Invisalign has successfully addressed both of these potential sources of anxiety.
- Invisalign aligners are removed while brushing and flossing, which means that your child will not have to make major adjustments to his or her daily oral hygiene regimen; furthermore, without the need to make any changes or learn new dental cleaning methods, your child will continue feeling confident when performing his or her routine dental hygiene tasks. By properly performing these tasks, your child reduces the likelihood of developing gum disease or cavities.
- Invisalign is typically less painful and much more comfortable for kids than traditional metal braces are. With Invisalign, the entire set of aligners is created at the same time. Your child will change out his or her aligners every two weeks (or as directed by the orthodontist). If you choose the Invisalign teeth-straightening system for your child, there are no broken brackets, loose wires or monthly adjustments to worry about.
- Treatment times with Invisalign are usually shorter than those with traditional metal braces; however, your child’s treatment time depends on how much shifting is required for his or her teeth to be in their proper positions. With compliance, most Invisalign treatments are completed within about 12 to 18 months.
You can keep an eye on how well your child is complying with his or her Invisalign treatment by checking the tiny blue dots (i.e., compliance indicators) located on the back of each aligner tray. These indicators are designed to fade as your child wears the aligner. The more faded these indicators become, the more frequently your child is wearing the aligner.
If you believe that your child needs orthodontic treatment and you are not sure if traditional braces are the answer, Invisalign for Kids may be the teeth-straightening system you have been looking for. To learn more about Invisalign for Kids, contact DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics to schedule your child’s complimentary initial consultation with an experienced orthodontist today.