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Invisalign as an Alternative Orthodontic Treatment for Kids

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Early or ‘interceptive’ Orthodontic treatment can be highly beneficial, in some cases, for children to ensure their teeth and jaw develop properly. In a growing patient with baby teeth still present, traditional metal braces cannot be fitted or be uncomfortable and difficult to clean.

Fortunately, there’s a more modern alternative — Invisalign First for children aged 7+.

This innovative orthodontic treatment uses clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over your child’s teeth whilst allowing the teeth and jaws to develop.

Not only is it more comfortable for kids, but Invisalign treatment also provides parents with greater peace of mind knowing that their child’s smile will look its best as they approach the self-conscious teenage years. Let’s explore some of the benefits Invisalign for kids offers both parents and children alike!

An Introduction to Invisalign® First

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Invisalign® First for Children is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners rather than traditional metal braces to straighten teeth. This innovative treatment is ideal for younger kids.

Let’s see why:

  • Invisalign First allows the orthodontist to intervene much sooner than would be possible with traditional orthodontic methods. When developing problems are identified early, rather than ‘wait and see’, Invisalign First can correct the issue before it becomes harder to resolve in the older child.
  • It delivers the same great results as metal braces but with improved comfort, convenience, and appearance.
  • Children can maintain their smiles throughout the entire treatment process while avoiding the discomfort and social stigma associated with metal braces.
  • Patients can eat whatever they want without worrying about damaging their braces. Invisalign clear aligners can be easily removed prior to meals so there’s no need to worry about any dietary restrictions.
  • The aligners are easier to keep clean than metal braces since they can simply be removed and brushed before being replaced.
  • No need for frequent visits for adjustments since new sets of aligners are provided only when needed to gradually move teeth into position over time. This makes it an ideal solution for busy parents who don’t have time to make multiple trips to the dental clinic.
  • It is a discreet treatment option since it uses virtually invisible aligners instead of wearing braces made of metal that can feel conspicuous in the mouth.

Overall, Invisalign for kids offers a number of benefits compared to traditional metal braces including improved comfort, convenience, hygiene, and aesthetics — all without sacrificing effective results!

Invisalign First — How Does It Work?

Invisalign First is a highly specialised Invisalign treatment that focuses on the unique needs of young children. This treatment uses the same clear aligners as regular Invisalign, but it is designed to address specific issues in a growing child’s teeth and jaw anatomy.

Since children’s teeth and jaws are still developing, there are additional considerations that need to be taken for this type of treatment. For example, orthodontists can make space in the jaws for when more permanent adult teeth start coming in and make sure they are in the correct alignment when they do.

Invisalign First is an effective treatment option that can deal with a wide variety of issues from simple to complex teeth straightening. The focus is on growing children from ages 7 to 10, and the problems you can expect to resolve with Invisalign First include crowding, spacing, overbite, crossbite and narrow dental arches.

This innovative treatment deals with orthodontic issues without compromising on:

  • Oral hygiene — removable clear aligners make it easier for growing children to brush and floss.
  • Built-in assurancewith Invisalign virtual care you can monitor your child’s progress throughout treatment.
  • Putting the child first — designed for predictable results and an overall positive experience.

Customised for your child's unique smile

Guesswork is out of the question with the advanced technologies of iTero and ClinCheck® software. Using this software, your orthodontist can map out the path of your child’s smile, right down to the tiniest shift in incoming teeth. From their first experience with aligners all the way to their brand-new smile. This is possible because of:

  • The power of 3D – The 3D visual interface allows for a high degree of customisation ensuring the treatment is tailor-made to your child’s requirements.
  • Mapping software – The algorithm helps your orthodontic specialist to calculate just the right amount of force for every tooth movement.
  • Consistency – The software used, with input from your doctor, makes sure each tooth moves in the right order and at the right time.

In most cases, the treatment can take between 6 and 18 months. You will need to schedule a visit to your orthodontist specialist every 12 weeks on average so that they can issue the next set of aligners.

One important aspect to note is that, with Park Orthodontics, Invisalign First patients get a competitive discount on further Invisalign treatment as a teen too!

In order to get started, we need to evaluate if your child is a candidate for Invisalign® First. You can arrange a complimentary smile evaluation with us, so feel free to request one today!

Invisalign First — Associated Costs

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Invisalign is usually more expensive than metal braces, but it does not require additional visits or maintenance like metal braces do, which helps parents save money over time. In addition, at Park Orthodontics, we have flexible finance solutions to help you spread the cost of your child’s treatment!

Bonus Material: Find out more about Invisalign treatment cost and finance options available here.

Why Parents Should Consider Choosing Invisalign as an Orthodontic Treatment Option for Their Children

Parents and Kids

When it comes to orthodontic treatments for children, many parents worry about the aesthetic appearance of metal braces. Invisalign is an alternative treatment option that can help give children a straighter, healthier smile without having to wear unsightly metal braces.

You should also keep in mind the convenience factor when choosing an orthodontic treatment for your child. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign requires fewer visits to the orthodontist’s office – usually just once every 12 weeks – which saves both time and money.

Furthermore, Invisalign aligners are easy to clean and require no extra equipment or special care routines; they simply need to be washed with mild soap and water regularly!

Invisalign also allows for greater control over the results of treatment. You have access to a predictive tool (Clincheck) that offers insight into the expected outcome prior to beginning treatment, as well as adjustments throughout the process if needed. This allows you to be safe in the knowledge that your child is getting the results required with no chance of surprises along the way.

For these reasons and more, Invisalign is quickly becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for kids today. With its convenient use and invisible design, you can trust that you’re giving your children a beautiful smile without compromising on comfort or aesthetics.

Bottom Line

To summarise, Invisalign is a great way to give your kids the straight, healthy smile they deserve without having to use metal braces. It’s an effective and discreet orthodontic treatment that also offers convenience for busy parents who don’t have time to worry about traditional braces care.

If you think Invisalign could be right for your child, we invite you to request a complimentary smile evaluation from Park Orthodontics today. Our team of highly-trained specialists and orthodontists will work with you every step of the way so that together, we can create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime!

Request Your Kids Free Invisalign First Smile Evaluation

We hope our latest article has clearly explained how Invisalign First works and that you are more confident to make the first step toward your new smile.

As an Invisalign Diamond Provider, we are determined to help you rediscover your smile in a pain-free and comfortable way. Our dedication to patient treatment propelled us to number one in Glasgow, the top three specialist providers of Invisalign in Scotland, and the top 5% in Europe!

This is why you can request a free smile evaluation that won’t take you longer than 30 seconds to complete and receive personalised advice from our team shortly after.
Start your journey to a more confident you today!

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Dr Andrew McGregor

Andrew completed his three years of orthodontic specialist training in 2010 gaining his Masters degree and Membership in Orthodontics and has worked at Park Orthodontics since then. As an orthodontic specialist he has treated thousands of patients ranging from simple bite correction in children to complex smile and bite makeovers in adults. Andrew is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scottish Orthodontic Specialists Group and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society.

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