If you need help to improve your smile or your bite, a growing and popular alternative to conventional braces is Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clear aligners that are orthodontic devices. Clear aligners are plastic dental appliances that are transparent and are used to adjust teeth. They can be removed, which makes teeth cleaning easy.
Invisalign and other clear aligners aren’t suitable for everyone. Your dentist or orthodontist can help you decide what’s the best choice for you.
What is Invisalign First?
Another orthodontic solution that is applicable to children, whose teeth are still growing in, is Invisalign First. If parents would rather provide their growing children with the orthodontic benefits of Invisalign technology, Invisalign first is a potential solution.
Is There an Age Requirement for Invisalign?
For most adults and adolescents who want to improve their smile, Invisalign may be a good option. For teenagers, talk to your dentist or orthodontist to see if Invisalign Teen could be the right option for your child.
There is no specific age requirement for using Invisalignas a treatment option, but rather it depends on the maturity of the development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth. Invisalign can be used on anyone who has full permanent dentition, which means no baby teeth. On average, that is around 12 to 13 years of age.
What Are the Other Factors to Consider with Teens?
If your teen has a high maturation of dentition, adult Invisalign may be best. If your child’s stage of teeth development is less mature, Invisalign Teen can be a good option. Your Invisalign provider can help you make the best treatment choice.
Also, the maturity of the individual needs to be taken into consideration. Aligners must be worn 22 hours a day to be effective, so your child should have the discipline to stick with the schedule.
The major benefit of someone younger getting Invisalign is that the earlier the intervention takes place on misaligned teeth/malformed bite, the earlier in life the person can enjoy a beautiful smile and a well-developed mouth.
Early orthodontic treatment with Invisalign also helps foster good dental hygiene. If your child’s teeth are crooked or crowded, the teeth can be difficult to clean. With early orthodontic treatment, Invisalign straightens your child’s teeth so your child can brush and floss in-between all the tight spaces where bacteria, plaque, and food particles can hide. Straighter teeth that can be properly cleaned helps prevent cavities and gum disease in the future.
A malocclusion is when there is a problem in the way that the teeth of the upper and lower jaw fit together. This bad fit can affect your child’s appearance. Also, a bad bite can also result in headaches, aching jaws, and problems with speaking and chewing. Early Invisalign treatment can correct a bad bite and eliminate the troubles of a malocclusion.
A bad bite or crooked teeth can wreak havoc on your child’s self-esteem. A major benefit of early Invisaligntreatment is that your child’s appearance improves earlier in life. Also, Invisalign eliminates the jarring appearance of conventional braces made with metal brackets that are glued to the teeth and fastened together by wires and rubber bands. Metal braces can make teenagers just as self-conscious as the crooked teeth they are made to correct.
If you are interested in finding out more about Invisalignfor your child, make an appointment today with our skilled team of orthodontists at Amazing Smiles. Our offices are located in Forest Hills, Brooklyn, and Long Island.