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 for children. While Invisalign First for kids works similarly to conventional Invisalign, it is specifically designed to accommodate the eruption of permanent teeth in children.
It is a simple and effective method of correcting certain orthodontic abnormalities common in children, such as arch growth and expansion, tooth crowding or protrusions, and space between the teeth.
As children develop into adults, Invisalign First gently realigns 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 procedure called dental arch expansion. Dental arch expansion is a procedure that involves applying pressure to the teeth over time to gradually widen the dental arch. The objective is to create enough space in the jaw for all adult teeth to erupt normally.
When you bring your child in for their first visit, our Edmonton dentist can determine whether or not they are a candidate for Invisalign First treatment.
Once the dentist determines that your child is a good candidate for treatment, he or she 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 sent to the Invisalign lab, which will create your child's custom aligner(s).
Following the completion of the aligners, your child will return to our office to have them custom-fit to their teeth.
As a result of the aligners your child wears during treatment, all of their teeth will gradually shift into their new positions. Depending on the severity of the problem, a single aligner or a set of aligners (one for the top jaw and one for the bottom jaw) may be necessary to correct your child's misalignment.