While a child's smile continues to change as they are growing it is still possible for a child to begin orthodontic treatment, even with baby teeth. This type of treatment 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 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.
What are the benefits of Invisalign First for children?
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.
- Clear aligners are removable allowing children to clean their teeth with ease and as they would normally.
- 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.
What is the treatment process for Invisalign First?
When used in conjunction with a treatment known as dental arch expansion, Invisalign First is intended to enlarge and shape a child's jawline. Dental arch expansion is a procedure in which pressure is applied to the teeth in order to gradually widen the dental arch over time. This treatment will create the space on the jaw required for the adult teeth to properly move into place.
Our Ontario 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.
You will be contacted to bring your child into the office once their new clear aligners are ready. We will use this visit to ensure that the aligners fit properly and are comfortable for your child.
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.