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 a treatment option for children's smiles to help address orthodontic issues. For the most part, Invisalign first works in the same way as conventional Invisalign treatments but is specifically designed to accommodate the eruption of permanent teeth when this occurs in your child.
It is a simple and effective approach to repair 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 youngsters develop into their permanent teeth, Invisalign First gently moves their teeth into their proper places. Depending on the child's age, this might reduce or eliminate the need for more comprehensive or invasive orthodontic treatment in the future.
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:
- Because it is removable, kids can clean and floss their teeth as they have in the past.
- It is intended to be comfortable for kids to wear, which means there should be no discomfort from rubbing brackets or poking wires.
- 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?
When used in combination with a treatment called dental arch expansion, Invisalign First can large and shape your child's jawline as it develops. Dental arch expansion is a procedure during which pressure is applied to the teeth in order to widen the dental arch quite gradually over time. The goal of this treatment is to make enough room in your child's jaw for all of their adult teeth to properly erupt.
Our Ottawa 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 whether or not your child is a suitable candidate for treatment with Invisalign First, your dentist will be gin the treatment process by taking imprints, X-rays and photographs of your child jaw, smouht, teeth and facial structures. All of this information will be used in an Invisalign lab to create a unique series of aligners for your kid's smile.
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.