INVISALIGN® FOR KIDS
Invisalign® First is the solution Dr. Solomon usually recommends for young children, ages 7-10 years old, as well as children with sensory issues and special needs, if orthodontic treatment is needed. It serves as a preliminary or interceptive treatment while the jaws are still growing to reduce or even eliminate potentially more severe problems in the future.
Invisalign® First clear aligner treatment is a type of Phase One Orthodontic treatment in growing children from as young as age 7. It aligns the teeth while gradually expanding the arches and making room for the existing and the developing permanent teeth.
INVISALIGN® FIRST USES
Phase One treatment with Invisalign® First is the latest in childhood orthodontic innovations. It is used to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw
- Complement and match the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- May avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions during Phase Two treatment
- May correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
As the adult teeth are developing, or at the end of Phase I orthodontic treatment, your child will receive a custom retainer and will be monitored periodically to ensure jaws and teeth are developing correctly.
A second shorter phase is generally needed in the majority of the patients to perfect the positions of all the adult teeth, including the second molars and to achieve bite correction. Phase I is the most effective way to treat problems that may be present at an early age. By expanding the jaws we may eliminate airway problems, eliminate the potential need for extractions of permanent teeth and sometimes even eliminating potential jaw surgery. Getting Phase I orthodontics typically shortens Phase II comprehensive orthodontic treatment time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Invisalign® First is the solution Dr. Solomon usually recommends for young children, ages 7-10 years old, as well as children with sensory issues and special needs.
Invisalign aligners are clear and removable, making it easier for children to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine throughout their treatment time. However, because they are removable, some children may also lack the discipline to remove and remember to put their aligners back inplace.
First, we use a 3D scanner to obtain a virtual model of your teeth and mouth. Then, Dr. Solomon will move your teeth virtually to their optimized position and will determine the best treatment plan. Invisalign will make your customized sequential aligners you’ll use to straighten your teeth. You can then pick up your Invisalign trays at our office and begin the treatment. You will still have to come to check if everything is going well; afterward, we will tell you if you need a different retainer or not to maintain your hard-earned results.
Every smile is unique, and so is every budget. Because the total cost of Orthodontic treatment can vary for different reasons, it is always best to consult with your Orthodontist.
Invisalign First® is proven effective in shaping simple to complex little smiles and teen smiles. It is designed to treat simple and complex teeth alignment issues in growing children from ages 6 to 10, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.
The length of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on each patient’s individual smile needs; your Orthodontist is your best friend when it comes to estimating your specific length of treatment and total cost.
Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, there are no food restrictions throughout treatment. However, it is very important that aligners are kept in place for the majority of the day or as instructed by your orthodontist.
If Dr. Solomon recommends a phase 1 orthodontic treatment, depending on the situation and the severity of the issue, she will also recommend that young children start their Invisalign treatment around ages 7 to 10.