Invisalign For Kids

A Practical Braces Alternative Solution
for Your Child’s Teeth

Invisalign braces are a practical and discreet method for straightening the teeth and improving the smile.

While traditional braces are typically only used once the baby teeth have fallen out, Invisalign for kids are suitable for children as young as 6 years old. In fact, in 2016, 4.3 million patients 17 or younger were treated with Invisalign.

Invisalign for kids provides the same benefits as metal braces, without any wires or brackets poking out during the correction. Orthodontists recommend Invisalign for kids as an early treatment to prevent long-term issues caused by malocclusion.

How Does Invisalign For Kids Work?

Invisalign is a virtually invisible method of teeth straightening. The liners are made of a clear plastic that’s moulded to the patient’s bite, applying gentle pressure to gradually align the teeth over time. The trays must be worn for 22 hours a day and only removed when eating, brushing the teeth, or drinking fluids other than water.

Unlike traditional braces, the liners are replaced every 2-3 weeks and customized based on the patient’s progress. The treatment is mainly done at home, so there is no need to book a dentist appointment every few weeks!

Is Invisalign For Kids Different From Adult Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign for kids is a similar treatment to Invisalign for adults with some key differences:

  • The braces feature blue wear indicators that fade from blue to clear to show the doctor how long the patient has been wearing their aligners and when to switch the next tray.
  • They also include eruption compensators, a special feature that adjusts for canines, second premolars, and molars as they develop.
  • Every Invisalign Kids set includes free six replacement aligners in case one is accidentally lost or damaged (so no need to worry about your child losing one on the playground!).
  • Mandibular advancement, a patient-friendly option for fixing overbites, is available for older children from 10-15 years.

Invisalign For Kids: What Does The Process Involve?

Book a free initial consultation with one of our dentists. They will discuss your child’s Invisalign treatment with you and provide an estimated cost and treatment length. (All children should have a dental evaluation by the time they are four years old. If needed, they will be referred to an orthodontist for their consultation.)
After the consultation, we’ll book a 3D scan to get your child’s dental impression. We’ll be able to show you how their teeth will look at the end of their Invisalign treatment!
Your child can now start wearing their Invisalign trays. They’ll switch them out every 2 weeks for approximately 12 months, or until their teeth are straight. We’ll check in with you every 6-8 weeks to supervise the treatment and answer any questions.

What Are The Benefits of Invisalign For Kids?

There are many benefits of Invisalign for kids, such as:

Discreet Appearance

The discreet appearance of Invisalign for kids makes them an attractive orthodontic option. Invisalign improves and transforms your child’s smile without impacting their appearance and self-esteem.

Comfort & Flexibility

Invisalign trays are much more comfortable than traditional braces. There are no metal brackets or wires that catch on the gums, and so your child does not have to worry about needing wax to prevent those pesky cuts and scrapes. If your child is an avid sport-player, Invisalign for kids are a great solution due to their flexibility and removability.

Fewer Cavities

The benefit of Invisalign is that the trays are completely removable. This means that the patient can easily floss and brush to prevent cavities. It’s important to maintain oral hygiene in general and during the treatment process.

Fewer Dental Appointments

Most kids hate the dentist. Thankfully, with no metal parts to be tightened, most of the Invisalign treatment can take place at home. In general, patients only require three in-person appointments, including the initial consultation.

Eat What You Like

With traditional braces, many foods can get stuck in the wires and need to be avoided or cleaned out with a syringe. Invisalign, on the other hand, are completely removable so the wearer does not need to worry about steering clear of their food favorites. For kids especially, not having to avoid their after school popcorn or chips is an added bonus!

Which Conditions Can Invisalign For Kids Treat?

Invisalign for kids treats these basic tooth conditions: 

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth (diastema)
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite
  • Deep bite
  • Crossbite

Invisalign FAQ

Do you have more questions about Invisalign? Find all the answers here.

Think You Or Your Child Could Benefit From Invisalign For Kids?

Invisalign is an affordable and comfortable braces alternative. If you’re unsure about whether your child should get Invisalign for kids, consider booking a no-obligation consultation with us, Our Invisalign dentists will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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