It’s never too early to achieve a stunning smile that will last a lifetime. Kids often have an easier time than adults achieving the desired results because their mouths are still growing and subject to change. We recommend parents bring their children in for a consultation as young as seven years old. At seven, your child will have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and we can see if any spacing or alignment issues are forming. One of the best treatments for kids’ orthodontic issues is Invisalign, the clear aligner treatment. If you want a flexible corrective treatment to help your child earn a healthier and happier smile, Invisalign may be a perfect choice.
What is Invisalign?
At Elite Orthodontics, we have committed to constantly evolving to offer the most modern services and appliances available. In pursuit of this goal, we are proud to offer Invisalign. This cutting-edge appliance uses clear aligner technology to give you the fantastic results of braces with a more discreet appearance. Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are changed to progress your teeth through treatment to obtain your desired results.
How is Invisalign for Kids Different From Invisalign for Adults?
To help remind younger patients to wear their appliances, Invisalign trays for kids and teens feature compliance indicators that fade with usage. This means that the more your child wears their aligners, the lighter the mark will become. If the symbol is still visible on the Invisalign after two weeks, then the aligners aren’t being worn enough, and the treatment could be prolonged.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign for Kids?
In recent years, Invisalign has grown to be a patient favorite because of its many benefits. What makes this corrective treatment stand out from other appliances is the freedom it allows its wearers. Many people have put off necessary orthodontic treatment because they are worried it will alter their lifestyle. With Invisalign, your child will enjoy an easily removable appliance, so they can eat all of their favorite foods without worrying about how it will impact their appliance. Unlike traditional metal braces, there are no brackets and wires, so they don’t have to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods. However, your child must take their aligners out before they eat and put them back in once they’re done.
Another great benefit of this clear aligner treatment is that it’s virtually invisible. Invisalign is printed in a clear thermoplastic that blends flawlessly with a kid’s natural smile. In this treatment, no one will know they are working toward their dream smile except them. Although braces are sleeker than ever before, Invisalign is by far the most discreet treatment available. If your child wants to take a picture without their appliance, they can easily remove it for a few moments to smile for the camera.
Kids can remove their aligners with ease because the aligners are printed in an ultra-comfortable thermoplastic called SmartTrack. Industry-leading engineers designed this material to provide patients comfort even when their teeth are shifting due to pressure. Invisalign is printed to match the exact shape of your little one’s smile, so there is no painful rubbing or jabbing from their aligners. Patients love that they can put in this corrective treatment and forget they are even wearing their appliance.
While it’s easy for your child to forget they’re wearing their appliance, they must remember to take out their Invisalign to perform their daily dental hygiene routine. Luckily, it’s easy for kids to keep their teeth clean and maintain their oral health when they don’t have any brackets or wires to maneuver around. Invisalign patients love that they don’t have to change their daily routine to keep their treatment on track.
Why Should I Consider Invisalign for My Child?
Invisalign is a great tool that not only creates beautiful smiles but also improves self-confidence. When your child looks in the mirror and sees a smile they’re proud of, they’ll be inspired to brace the day. The impact of a beautiful smile can last a lifetime, and the Elite Orthodontics team is passionate about helping your child achieve a smile that builds their self-esteem.
What many people don’t know about their smile is that the straighter the teeth, the better their oral health. Orthodontic issues such as overcrowded teeth, misaligned jaws, crooked teeth, and more can lead to discomfort while performing basic functions. With Invisalign, we can correct these issues early on and protect their comfort while eating, biting, and speaking.
How Should My Child Care for Their Invisalign Aligners?
We don’t want your child to worry about a long cleaning process for their appliance, and, luckily, keeping their Invisalign clean is easy and fast. They should continue their normal dental hygiene routine and take their aligners out before they begin. One important step to add to your brushing and flossing is cleaning your aligners. You don’t want to put harmful bacteria or food acids on your freshly brushed teeth, so we suggest using warm water and a toothbrush to clean your appliance.
Can My Child Still Participate in Sports?
Of course! Invisalign for kids can act as a mouthguard to protect their teeth and treatment progress while they play their favorite sports.