What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment process that consists of wearing a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that are custom-designed to straighten teeth without brackets or wires gradually. In other words, Invisalign aligners are clear removable braces that go over the teeth. These aligners will gently pull the teeth into the proper place over time.
How is Invisalign for Kids Different Than Invisalign for Adults?
The Invisalign aligners for kids and teens are much like the Invisalign for adults. They both consist of the same clear, removable teeth aligners. They are custom-designed for a perfect fit. They can correct a myriad of tooth and bite issues without needing to fill the mouth with brackets and wires like traditional braces. Additionally, Invisalign aligners might work even better in kids than they do in adults! This is because kids are more adaptable and quickly adjust to having the aligners in their mouths.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign for Children?
There are plenty of benefits when it comes to Invisalign for children.
- Kids can eat the foods they love.
- You won’t have to worry about broken braces or wires.
- It is easier for children to brush and floss their teeth as they normally would.
- They are virtually invisible, so it doesn’t affect a child’s appearance.
- Invisalign aligners give your kids’ teeth an extra layer of protection from accidents and nighttime teeth grinding.
- Aligners can help improve jaw alignment, which, in turn, can lead to improved digestion. Yes, this is a bit odd; however, if a child’s jaw isn’t correctly aligned, they could have trouble chewing their food properly, leading to poor digestion.
Why Should I Consider Invisalign for My Child?
Having straight teeth will play a role in your child’s future. A good appearance leads to better jobs, less anxiety, higher self-esteem, more confidence, and better overall health and well-being.
But why choose aligners over traditional braces?
Invisalign aligners are—just as the name implies—invisible. And since many kids and teens are self-conscientious about wearing braces, Invisalign aligners remove that anxiety source. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable, less painful, and easier to care for than traditional braces. There is also no risk of broken brackets or wires.
How Should My Child Care for Their Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign sells a product-specific cleaning kit called the Invisalign Cleaning System, which you can get from your doctor. Alternatively, your kids can brush the aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Then they can rinse them in warm water. Just remember, make sure your kids never use hot water with their aligners because hot water can permanently warp the plastic.
It’s also important to remember to have your kids brush their teeth after eating and before putting their aligners back in. This is because any food residue left on their teeth could stain their aligners.
Additionally, if their aligners are ever dropped or left in unsanitary conditions, they should be sterilized before putting them back in. You can ask your doctor about the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals that will sterilize the aligners in about 15 minutes.
Can My Child Still Participate in Sports?
Yes, your child can still participate in sports while wearing the Invisalign. In fact, the Invisalign will give your child’s teeth an extra layer of protection in the event of an accident. Of course, the Invisalign won’t protect your child’s teeth from all potential accidents and injuries, but it can help prevent broken teeth and other minor issues.
What Can My Child Eat with Invisalign Aligners?
The good news is that since the Invisalign aligners should be taken out before eating, your child can eat anything they would normally eat, and it won’t negatively affect the Invisalign. Just remember to have your child brush their teeth before reinserting the Invisalign to prevent any food residue from staining them.
Why Should I Choose Craig and Streight Orthodontics?
Doctors Craig and Streight lead with positive energy and believe in respecting your time. They pride themselves on always be on-time for your appointment. They won’t rush you through the appointment and will give you enough time to ask questions as they take the time necessary to get to know you and your kid’s orthodontic issues better. And they are available to their patients on weekends as well. That’s probably why they are the #1 Invisalign provider in Oklahoma for kids and teens.
Do I Have to Pay for the First Visit?
No, you don’t have to pay for the first visit. All first visits are free, along with any needed X-rays, photos, doctors’ meetings, and recommendations.
We would be honored to serve you and look forward to helping you and your kids with all their orthodontic needs. And we promise to provide you both with all the care and respect you deserve.