At our Burnaby clinic, we're proud to offer Invisalign First, Invisalign's range of orthodontic clear aligners for children. In this post, we'll outline the potential benefits of Invisalign First Clear Aligners and how they work.
A child's smile grows as they grow. Even with baby teeth, children ages 6 to 10 may be able to begin orthodontic treatment. This is referred to as Phase 1 orthodontic treatment.
What is Invisalign First?
Invisalign First is an orthodontic treatment option that is specifically designed for youngsters. For the most part, Invisalign First for kids works in the same way as conventional Invisalign treatment, but Invisalign First for kids is specifically intended to accommodate the eruption of permanent teeth when they occur in children.
It is a simple and effective approach to repairing some orthodontic abnormalities typically found in youngsters, such as arch growth and expansion, crowding or protrusions of teeth, as well as space between the teeth.
As children grow into their permanent teeth, Invisalign First gently shifts their teeth into their proper positions. This may reduce or eliminate the need for more comprehensive or invasive orthodontic treatment in the future, depending on the child's age.
Benefits for Kids
Due to the following benefits, Invisalign First might be an excellent alternative or addition to regular Phase 1 orthodontic treatment for kids:
- It is intended to be comfortable for kids to wear, which means there should be no discomfort from rubbing brackets or poking wires.
- Because it is removable, kids can clean and floss their teeth as they have in the past.
- They are designed to treat a wide range of children's orthodontic concerns, both basic and complicated, including crowding and spacing issues, as well as small dental arches.
How does Invisalign First work?
Invisalign First is intended to enlarge and shape a child's jawline when used in conjunction with a treatment known as dental arch expansion. Dental arch expansion is a procedure that uses pressure on the teeth to gradually widen the dental arch over time. The goal is to create enough space in the jaw for all of the adult teeth to properly erupt.
Our Burnaby dentist can determine whether or not your child is a candidate for Invisalign First treatment when you bring them in for their first visit.
After determining that your child is a suitable candidate for treatment, the dentist will begin the Invisalign First process by taking photographs, x-rays, and imprints of your child's teeth, mouth, jaws, and other facial features. All of this information will be forwarded to the Invisalign lab, where your child's unique aligner(s) will be manufactured.
Once the aligners are completed, your child will return to our office to have the aligners custom-fitted to their teeth.
All of your child's teeth will gradually move into their new locations as a result of the aligners they wear during their treatment. A single aligner or a set of aligners (one for the top jaw and one for the lower jaw) may be necessary to correct your child's misalignment, depending on the severity of the problem.