Is Invisalign Good for Kids?
According to the Academy of Orthodontics (AAO), children should see an orthodontist by age 7. Despite common misconceptions, orthodontists do more than put braces on teenagers with crooked permanent teeth. Orthodontists correct a wide variety of issues including crowded teeth, breathing problems, biting or chewing issues, and misaligned jaws. When these issues are identified by an orthodontist and corrected at an early age, children are less likely to undergo lengthier, more intensive, and more expensive orthodontic treatments in their teenage years or adulthood.
If any issues are identified in your child’s bite, jaw, or teeth positioning, your orthodontist will provide expert guidance to let you know if the issues are small enough to be corrected by traditional braces when your child is older, or if the issues are more severe and need to be addressed sooner than later with the help of Phase I orthodontics.
Phase I orthodontics is reserved for younger patients with a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth. This treatment corrects developing problems and creates an optimal environment for your child’s permanent teeth, while preparing them for Phase II orthodontics, which is a comprehensive treatment for children, teens, and adults with fully erupted permanent teeth.
- Diligence is required – Without the willingness to keep up with a treatment plan, Invisalign doesn’t have the opportunity to do its job, leaving patients with extended treatment times.
- Learning to speak with Invisalign – During the first few days of having Invisalign, it may feel difficult to pronounce certain words. Thankfully, most patients adjust to the change within a week.
- Invisalign is not for everyone – Typically, patients are able to choose between traditional metal braces and clear aligners for a personalized treatment plan that suits their personal preferences and lifestyle. Patients with more severe tooth or bite issues are not always suitable candidates for Invisalign, as there are problems that can only be corrected with traditional metal braces.
Ultimately, you know your child best and their level of maturity, responsibility, and ability to follow instructions. If there is any concern that your child is not able to complete their Invisalign treatment as directed, traditional metal braces may be the better choice.
Schedule a consultation with a trusted Nashville Children’s Dental Network orthodontic specialist to discover how traditional metal braces or Invisalign can benefit you or your child today!