Children between the ages of 6 to 10 years old generally have a mix of baby and adult teeth. At this stage of development, teeth can already show signs of crowding or jaw discrepancy.
If diagnosed early, Phase 1 of Orthodontic Treatment can be provided using Invisalign First to create space for the adult teeth that need to grow in and correct issues with the jaws not lining up.
Invisalign First is an important step in Interceptive Orthodontics to prevent more complicated problems from developing, making future orthodontic treatment long and complex.
What can I expect from Invisalign First?
Invisalign First prepares the mouth and jaws to receive the growing adult teeth into their ideal positions. The adult teeth can then be allowed to grow and develop fully into their positions.
Once the adult teeth have fully erupted, Phase 2 of Orthodontic Treatment can then take place to complete alignment. Phase 2 of Orthodontic Treatment is much simpler, quicker and less traumatic when Invisalign First has already prepared the way.
Invisalign First uses aligners to help space the teeth correctly and minimise the need for orthodontics later in life. Through early intervention and a proactive approach to orthodontics, your child could enjoy straighter teeth and an aligned bite from a young age.
Does my child need Invisalign First?
Orthodontic problems can easily go undetected in young children as their teeth and jaw change quickly. We recommend regular dental checkups to keep track of movements and ensure quick intervention if required.
Phase 1 Invisalign treatment might be required to help in the following cases:
- Prevent problems with a misaligned bite
- Make space for adult teeth to erupt correctly
- Can help with oral health habits such as thumb-sucking
- Improve the appearance and alignment of your child’s smile
- Make future orthodontic treatment simpler
If you are concerned about your child’s dental alignment and want to avoid extensive treatment in future, we recommend an Invisalign First consultation. We can explore the options with you and your child to determine if this is the right treatment plan.
What is the youngest age for Invisalign?
Invisalign First is recommended from the age of 6 and is ideal for growing children. In addition, Invisalign aligners may be recommended to help address several alignment problems.
By addressing these problems from a young age, the adult teeth have a much better chance of erupting in the correct alignment. This can help avoid crowding issues, a misaligned bite, spacing, and even narrow dental arches.
After Invisalign First, your child will be familiar with the treatment and ready for Invisalign Teen. Once we have completed the initial intervention, follow up treatment is typically shorter and more successful.
Why parents love Invisalign First
Invisalign First is ideal for busy parents. The unique system reduces the number of dentist visits by up to 40% compared to traditional braces. In addition, by avoiding the need for extensive treatment during their teenage years, you can further reduce the amount of time spent at the orthodontist.
There are no dietary restrictions to consider, so your child can eat and drink their favourite food without concern. Children can also participate in sports and other activities without worrying about their braces getting in the way.
Invisalign First also helps children to develop lifelong habits that benefit their oral health. For example, they appreciate the importance of taking care of their teeth, which translates to a lifetime of good habits.
To find out if Invisalign First or Interceptive Treatment would be beneficial for your child, book an appointment today to see Dr Stephanie Oiknine, Specialist Orthodontist.
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