Is Invisalign a Good Option For Kids?
Kids have enough on their plate without the extra level of self-consciousness that comes from wearing metal braces.
Fortunately for the younger generation, orthodontic technology has come a long way. Straightening teeth is no longer as traumatic as it was for previous generations.
If you’re considering Invisalign for your kids here are some of the things you should know.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an innovative alternative to traditional metal braces.
Using a 3D image of your teeth, each transparent aligner is individually formed to perfectly fit the gumline.
A large appeal of Invisalign aligners is that they are nearly invisible. They fit comfortably over the teeth, slowly moving them into position without unsightly metal or wires.
This offers your teen a discreet and comfortable solution to a confident smile.
Does Invisalign Work As Well As Braces?
On average, Invisalign halves the time taken to realign teeth compared to traditional braces (typically 12 months and 18-24 months respectively).
They provide effective treatment for most common orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, gaps in the teeth, and straightening out crowded teeth.
Invisalign offers predictable and long-lasting results that are at least equal to traditional braces.
In fact, independent studies have shown that Invisalign may actually be more effective than braces in some cases.
If you’re wondering which is better, braces or Invisalign, Invisalign comes out as the clear winner for both speed, effectiveness and appeal.
Are Invisalign Good For Comfort?
Invisalign technology achieves the same or better results as traditional braces, without the need for unpleasant and inconvenient tightening sessions.
While braces can be uncomfortable against lips or gums, Invisalign aligners fit seamlessly against your teeth. There are no metal wires or bands to catch or cause discomfort.
And unlike fixed braces that remain in your mouth until they are removed, your child can take out Invisalign aligners for several hours a day without reducing their effectiveness.
This is great news for when they’re playing sports or going to band practice.
Oral Hygiene While Wearing Invisible Braces
In order for Invisalign to be effective, they need to be worn around 22 hours a day – but being able to take out the aligners has definite benefits for kids and teens!
As long as the aligners are removed during mealtimes, your teen can eat whatever they want – and as long as they promptly brush their teeth and replace the aligners they don’t need to avoid any particular food or drink.
Invisalign braces are also easy to clean – simply soak them in a cleaning solution, or scrub them gently with a toothbrush.
This simple routine decreases the chances of gum infection or dental decay, which is great news for long-term oral health.
More Discreet Kids’ Braces
Invisalign for kids are clear, subtle and nearly invisible when worn.
They allow your teen to get the best teeth straightening results without drawing unwanted attention to themselves.
Invisalign doesn’t interfere with their smile, while gently creating a better one.
That’s why they are such a popular choice for kids who don’t like the look of traditional braces.
Here at Doctor Simon Pong our friendly team of experts is ready to answer any questions you have about choosing braces for your kids. Find out more about our dentistry for children, and book a consultation today!