Invisalign is a great way to correct and straighten the teeth of your child without the need to have a mouth full of wires and braces. Invisalign is an innovative way that allows for a seamless transition into a straighter and healthier smile, and it can actually take less time to achieve results than it would with regular braces! Another benefit of choosing Invisalign for your child is that it will have zero impact on their eating and drinking habits as there are not any restrictions on the foods that they eat while they have their Invisalign. This is because the Invisalign trays are removed when they eat or drink, so it eliminates the need to worry about food getting stuck in their trays and causing a buildup of bacteria and other plaque. This could potentially harm the gums and teeth, but you do not have to stress out about that when they have Invisalign. Choosing to get Invisalign for your child instead of braces also lowers the impact that their teeth will have on their play. Braces could be dangerous and cause harm if your child plays team sports and accidentally gets knocked in the mouth. The wires that make up the braces could come lose and cause you to have to make an emergency trip to the orthodontist, and they could also cause painful cuts and nicks on the inside of the mouth.
The process of getting your child set up with Invisalign is fairly simple and straightforward. The entire process can take place at your orthodontist’s office, which is great because you can ask them questions about the differences between braces and Invisalign and make a decision about which treatment option is going to be the best one for your child. The process for getting Invisalign looks something like this:
- Visit your family orthodontist and have him or her examine their teeth. They will take x-rays and examine their mouth and create a diagnosis as well as a treatment plan for how to correct their teeth.
- They will review this treatment plan with you and answer any questions. They may also make a recommendation about whether they think braces would be a better option for them. Keep in mind that braces can treat a wider variety of dental issues, so if your child is not a good candidate for Invisalign, they will be sure to tell you.
- The orthodontist will make a mold of the indentations of the upper and lower teeth. These molds are then shipped to the place where Invisalign will use them to manufacture custom trays for your child.
- Once the trays are complete, they are shipped directly to your home, and your child can start wearing them immediately. You will want to make sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for wearing them, but in general each set of trays is worn for about 2 to 3 weeks. After that time period, you will throw them out and put in a new set of trays.
- Continue visiting the orthodontist to check on their progress every 6 to 8 weeks.