Start Your Child’s Smile Right with Invisalign First
Orthodontic treatment is typically thought of as something for teens. And when it comes to Invisalign, many adults look into this treatment option to get their ideal smile while enjoying more comfort and less visibility compared to conventional braces. Now younger kids can also enjoy the benefits of Invisalign with Invisalign First.
What Is Invisalign First?
If you haven’t heard of Invisalign First before, it’s likely because it’s a relatively new entry in the lineup of Invisalign products. What separates this treatment option from other Invisalign options is these aligners are meant for kids between the ages of seven and 10. Other Invisalign systems are designed to correct permanent teeth of teens and adults, but Invisalign First is used before a child has all of their adult teeth.
Once their Invisalign First treatment is complete, kids often wear a retainer and continue to be monitored until most of their adult teeth have erupted. Then they may require a second phase of treatment with braces or Invisalign Teen.
What Does Invisalign First Treat?
As with other early orthodontic treatment options, Invisalign First is designed to fix problems with how the jaw is growing or cases of severe crowding and malocclusions. Invisalign First will optimize facial structure by properly contouring the shape of the jawbones or expanding the palate.
Addressing these issues with jaw shape can help make enough room for permanent teeth, fix bite problems, and begin the process of eliminating crowding. Without addressing these issues early on, kids can experience jaw pain, difficulty eating, and speech impediments. Many patients who would have needed tooth extractions later in life have avoided it with this type of early orthodontic treatment.
The reason to get early orthodontic treatment between the ages of seven and 10 is this is when kids are losing their baby teeth and having their permanent teeth erupt. It’s also easier to adjust the shape of the jaw at an earlier age.
How Does Invisalign First Work?
Invisalign First works the same way as Invisalign Complete. The invisible trays fit over all of the teeth and easily snap in and out of place. As opposed to the Invisalign Complete treatment, Invisalign First is shorter and each set of aligners are only worn for a few days.
Benefits of Invisalign First
If your orthodontist recommends early orthodontics for your child, Invisalign First is a great option. The aligners are removable so brushing and flossing are easy, and kids don’t have any restrictions on what they can eat. However, this does mean you may have to supervise how often they wear their aligners and help them keep track of them so they don’t get lost damaged.
Some Invisalign First patients find it more comfortable compared to other options for early orthodontics, such as palatal expanders, partial braces, or headgear. It also has the benefit being clear, so your child won’t feel self-conscious or worry about bullying.
Contact The Smile Store today to learn more about Invisalign First and other two-phase orthodontic treatments for kids.