Since more than eight million people have opted to use Invisalign® to straighten their teeth, you’re probably wondering if these clear dental aligners could be the right option for your child.
Experienced dental expert David Ouellet, DDS, and our team at Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California, work with you to discover if Invisalign is the best treatment for your child’s smile.
Some people think teeth straightening is only necessary if you want to improve the appearance of your smile. But there’s more to teeth straightening than a pretty grin. If left untreated, crooked teeth and spacing problems can cause serious complications to your child’s oral health. These issues, like gum disease and infections, can then worsen your child’s overall health.
At Pacific Coast Smiles, we offer Invisalign to help our patients improve their oral health and the look of their smiles. Read on to learn if Invisalign is the right treatment for your child!
Consider your child’s age
Age and growth are some of the most important considerations when determining if Invisalign is right for your child. Invisalign is frequently a great option for straightening teen and young adult teeth.
Preteens and younger teens usually have too much bone growth still going on to make Invisalign’s teeth-straightening system effective. At your child’s consultation, Dr. Ouellet evaluates your child’s growth and discusses whether Invisalign can be used.
Consider your child’s orthodontic needs
While Invisalign is a great treatment for many orthodontic problems, it isn’t the right choice for more complex corrections. Some types of straightening needs require more involved orthodontic treatments than Invisalign can provide.
For the majority of children and teens, however, Invisalign can help with issues such as:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Overbites and underbites
- Crossbites and open bites
Consider your child’s level of responsibility and commitment
Invisalign patients must wear their dental aligners for 20-22 hours each day. Although wearing the aligners may not be difficult, making sure to keep them in and put them back in after eating or playing sports requires responsibility and commitment.
If your child doesn’t wear the Invisalign aligners as prescribed by Dr. Ouellet, their teeth will not move and straighten as desired. Fortunately, Pacific Coast Smiles can outfit your child’s Invisalign aligners with a blue compliance indicator. This indicator lets you know if your child is wearing their appliances as often as they should.
Consider the need for flexibility
Does your child have an extremely full schedule, making getting to dental appointments a challenge? Does your child play sports that make traditional braces unappealing? Do you think your child may struggle with brushing and flossing around metal braces or eating certain foods?
If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, flexibility may play a big role in the decision to use Invisalign. If your child has a need for flexibility, Invisalign could be the right option. Here's why:
- All aligners can be removed during sports
- Exams are only required every six to eight weeks
- Your child can brush and floss regularly
- Your child can eat normal foods and drinks
How can I learn more about whether Invisalign is right for my child?
Once Dr. Ouellet verifies your child is a candidate for Invisalign, our team takes a series of X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your child’s mouth and teeth. The Invisalign laboratories use this information to create a series of aligners to help straighten your child’s teeth.
Ready to learn more about Invisalign for your child? Contact the Santa Maria office of Pacific Coast Smiles today. You can also request a telehealth consultation to meet with Dr. Ouellet from the comfort and safety of your own home.