In orthodontics, Invisalign has emerged as a revolutionary option, offering a discreet and flexible alternative to traditional braces. One question that often pops up is can children have Invisalign?
Invisalign is renowned for its nearly invisible clear aligners, and has been typically associated with adults as a treatment option. The introduction of ‘Invisalign First’ and ‘Invisalign Teen’ has expanded the Invisalign scope to accommodate the unique needs of adolescents and children, with the primary consideration for Invisalign as a treatment option in children revolving around their dental development.
Invisalign’s effectiveness lies in a series of custom-made, clear aligners that gently shift teeth into their desired positions. For the best results, a number of a child’s permanent teeth should have already erupted.
Invisalign can address various orthodontic concerns commonly experienced by children, including crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. It is particularly effective for mild to moderate alignment issues, offering a viable solution for a diverse range of cases.
In recognition of the unique needs of teenagers and children, Invisalign First and Invisalign Teen has been developed with specific features. The aligners come with a compliance indicator – a small blue dot that fades over time with consistent wear. This feature aids parents and your Orthodontist in ensuring that the prescribed treatment plan is being followed. Additionally, Invisalign Teen allows for the eruption of new molars, accommodating the physical changes occurring in a teenager’s mouth.
The advantages of Invisalign for children are:
- The clear aligners are virtually invisible, eliminating the self-consciousness often associated with traditional braces.
- They are removable, which helps with ease of eating, brushing, and flossing, contributing to better oral hygiene during the treatment process.
- The smooth, custom-made aligners reduce the likelihood of discomfort and oral irritation, offering a more comfortable orthodontic experience.
While Invisalign is a remarkable option for many, the decision should be made in consultation with an experienced orthodontist who can assess your child’s unique dental situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
If you are interested in learning more about how Invisalign can help your child achieve the perfect smile, you can book an appointment with our friendly team at South Yarra Orthodontics.