Early orthodontic treatment is one of the best ways to give your child a healthy and beautiful smile. With their jaws still developing, treatments are generally more effective and quicker.
Invisalign for kids is one of the best treatments for children with orthodontic issues. At Guidry & Horaist Orthodontics, we provide personalized Invisalign treatment for children in Phase One and Two orthodontic treatment across Lafayette and Morgan City, LA.
What Is Invisalign for Kids?
Invisalign for kids is a variant of the popular clear aligners designed for children between ages six and ten. The product features the same SmartTrack thermoplastic as the standard adult treatment to gradually move your teeth into the correct position.
Used correctly, Invisalign for kids can help prevent and correct certain orthodontic issues before they develop into more serious problems. At Guidry & Horaist Orthodontics, we use Invisalign clear aligners for Phase One treatment when the child is between six and ten and Phase Two treatment when they are around ten and fourteen.
Before Invisalign, orthodontists relied on braces and metal expanders during early treatment. Now, kids can enjoy the benefits of clear aligners and high-end orthodontics.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign treatment uses 3D computer imaging technology to map a custom treatment plan for your child. Used correctly, it can move their teeth and provide the desired positioning alignment and smile.
The treatment is popular because it’s nearly invisible. You can also remove it easily during meals and when it’s time to brush your teeth. In addition, it’s more comfortable and requires fewer office visits.
Since you can take out Invisalign before eating, you don’t need to switch up your child’s diet during the treatment. However, Invisalign for kids is not ideal for children who may forget to put their aligners back in after meals or after brushing.
Invisalign is excellent for correcting issues such as crowding, uneven spacing, narrow dental arches, and other misalignments.
Are you unsure about the right option to choose for your child? We can help! The best way to confirm that your child is a candidate for Invisalign aligners is to schedule your complimentary initial consultation with us today to discuss options available to you and your child. Your orthodontist will perform a comprehensive oral examination during the appointment to determine if your child is a good candidate.
Will Invisalign Affect My Child’s Lifestyle?
Invisalign for kids will not affect your child’s lifestyle in any major ways. It’s a non-invasive and discreet approach to treating orthodontic problems.
Your child can remove their Invisalign before eating, so they can still enjoy their favorite meals. However, it’s important that they brush their teeth before wearing the aligners again.
Similarly, your child can take part in their favorite pastimes like sports and playing on the playground without worrying about their appliances.
Your child can take care of their Invisalign by rinsing the aligners in lukewarm water and gently brushing them daily. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits during treatment to prevent bacteria from building up in your child’s teeth and aligners.
Additionally, you need to keep up with appointments at our offices as we need to monitor the treatment progress and its impact on the child’s oral health. Because the aligners are changed out at home, Invisalign for kids doesn’t require as many appointments as braces.