Sometimes it's best to think ahead when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Invisalign First is a great option, and can be used before any other treatment is needed.
What Exactly Is Invisalign First?
Invisalign First is a relatively new option designed specifically for children between the ages of 7 and 10 who would benefit from some orthodontic treatment prior to all of their adult teeth coming in.
Just as with other levels of Invisalign, your child will wear the clear, plastic aligners for at least 22 hours a day to gradually shift their teeth. Each aligner is slightly different than the last, allowing the teeth to move into their desired positions.
The largest difference between Invisalign First and other treatments is the process is faster, and the movement is smaller. With other types of Invisalign, each aligner is worn for one to two weeks. Since children's teeth are naturally more mobile, the Invisalign First aligners are replaced about every three days.
Why Invisalign First?
Some parents might wonder if their young child is responsible enough to wear the aligners as instructed in order for the treatment to be as successful as possible. Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
Children are often very compliant when it comes to taking instructions from adults other than their parents, such as their teachers, babysitters, or even their orthodontist!
Invisalign First might also make your child feel more grown up since the treatment is so similar to what some of the teenagers and adults they look up to use. This might make them act more responsibly when it comes to wearing and taking care of their aligners.
Invisalign First, when compared to other early orthodontic prevention methods, offers the following benefits:
- Children are able to keep eating their favorite foods with no restrictions, since the aligners are removed while eating. This can definitely be an advantage for parents of picky eaters.
- The aligners do not require any special brushing or flossing. Instead, simply soak the aligners or clean them with some liquid hand soap, and then brush and floss as you would normally.
- Both child and adult patients often say Invisalign is more comfortable than wearing braces, since there are no brackets, wires, or hard plastic in their mouths.
Choosing Invisalign First for Your Child
The only way to know if Invisalign First is right for your child is to first consult with a trusted orthodontist and have your child's teeth and mouth examined. Some early orthodontic issues are best resolved by more traditional Phase I treatments. An orthodontist can help you decide the best plan of action to take depending on your child's unique dental conditions.
The most important factor to take into consideration when thinking about Invisalign First is your child. Do you think they will take their treatment seriously enough to wear their aligners the required amount of time? Will they lose their aligners if they take them out during lunch at school, or when spending the night at a friend's house? Only you as a parent can answer these questions, but our team at The Smile Store is happy to aid in your decision-making process.
To learn more about this innovative, comfortable early orthodontic option, schedule a free exam for your child today.