Early Treatment With Invisalign For Kids
Waterford, Norwich, & Groton, CT
When it comes to your child’s orthodontic care, there is no time like the present. The variety of alternatives available means that it’s best to bring your child in as early as age seven to have an idea of what the future of their smile might look like. If you are considering Invisalign as an option for your child’s orthodontic treatment, Drs. O’Leary and Hack evaluate each situation individually; however, some of our most successful Invisalign patients have been preteens. Get in touch with OASECT today for a consultation to learn more!
What Is Invisalign For Kids?
Many people know that teens and adults can use Invisalign instead of braces. Invisalign First is a treatment plan made just for kids whose jaws are still growing and who usually have both baby teeth and permanent teeth. This system can be used as the first step in a treatment plan to effectively correct and stop certain orthodontic problems from progressing, including:
- Narrow dental arches
- Spacing concerns
Phase one treatments usually start between the ages of 6 and 10, and they prepare the mouth for phase two treatments, which happen between the ages of 10 and 14. Before Invisalign, people might have used metal expanders or partial braces to get the same results. Even though both work well, Invisalign First is a better choice than braces because the aligners are more comfortable and don’t require as many changes to your lifestyle.
The process isn’t that different from what teens and adults go through. The end goal is always the same: a confident, bright smile. First, Drs. O’Leary and Hack will use our state-of-the-art scanner to take a 3D digital scan of your child’s mouth. Then, they’ll use the model to make a set of clear aligners that will fit over your child’s teeth. Then, they’ll get new trays every two weeks to help move their smile even more. Your child’s smile will be transformed!
Is My Child A Candidate For Invisalign?
There are a lot of things that affect whether or not Invisalign is a good choice for your child. Invisalign First can usually fix minor to moderate problems with how your teeth fit together. These clear aligners can often be used to fix overcrowding, spacing, underbites, and overbites. If you want to know for sure if your child is a good candidate for Invisalign, you could schedule a consultation with Drs. O’Leary and Hack. During this appointment, they will do an oral exam and take the time to look at your child’s needs to make a custom plan to give them the smile they deserve.
Benefits Of Invisalign For Children
OASECT helps adults get the benefits of Invisalign all the time. With Invisalign First, kids can now get the same great benefits and subtle treatment as adults. With Invisalign for kids, your kid can:
Clean Their Teeth With Ease
Traditional braces can make it harder for kids to keep their teeth clean. If your child’s braces are removable, they can keep their normal oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day.
Eat What They Love
Since Invisalign is removable, there are no restrictions on what they can eat. Your child can eat snacks and treats they like without hurting their braces.
More Comfortable Orthodontic Treatment
With plastic aligners, kids don’t have to worry about irritating their mouths with sharp metal parts. They are easy to put on and take off when needed. Kids can take them off when they play sports, eat, or drink, so they don’t get hurt.