Invisalign Aligners technology has quietly become a treasure coveted by children of all ages. For a little boy nick-named Buckey and a little girl nick-named Snaggletooth, this new technology will be life-changing. Invisalign aligners are not for everyone who wants a better smile. But at Dentistry for Children, we have discovered they can foster better smiles, straighter teeth and better oral hygiene among some patients.
Invisalign Aligners Defined
With our Dentistry for Children blog, we always try to begin a new topic with a clear definition of a topic. Put briefly, “Invisalign aligners are a form of dental braces that use clear tray-like dental aligners. They’re made of Invisalign’s own blend of plastic, and manufactured in their own facilities based on molds of your mouth.”
We know there are other brands of clear aligners that fulfill this same function, but this blog will stick with this well-known and ethical brand. The brand itself has become synonymous with clear aligners. And it’s what the little girls at school whisper about when they speak of pretty smiles, gentle dentistry, and princess pink lip-gloss. Key to the above definition is the creation of the perfect molds of your child’s teeth—a dental art in and of itself.
In detail, we want parents to understand that the Invisalign aligners are solid pieces of space-age plastic. They are uniquely strong. And, like traditional braces, they put enough pressure on specific parts of your child’s teeth to move them into a better position. (By the way, if you already know you are researching traditional braces, a beginning point might be found at this handy online resource.)
Invisalign: Product Plus Process
Now, these fine high-quality plastic trays do not magically go into the mouth and yank crooked teeth into proper position overnight. Step by step, over time and with devoted care to the rules, they will bring straighter teeth and a better smile. But the process of each step and each new aligner takes time. So…Let’s look at the process as well as the shiny, transparent, pretty and invisible product.
Steps in the Invisalign Process
Naturally, the first step in the process is a consultation with your pediatric dentist. Here, Dr. King will examine your child’s smile.
- Likewise, he will study your child’s overall oral health.
- Parents and the doctor discuss the options for your child’s teeth.
- Dr. King will make impressions of your child’s mouth, and create an overall dental treatment plan.
If Invisalign is the best option for your child’s smile, then the molds will be sent to Invisalign. They use Dr. King’s precise molds, treatment plans and notations to create aligners that are unique. Invisalign aligners are thus customized only for your child’s mouth and your dentist’s desired corrections.
Dr. King will supervise fitting and instructions so all will see happy smiles at the eventual outcome of the course of treatment. Like braces, the secret ingredient is time.
Invisalign and a Step-By-Step Program
Invisalign is not just one tray, but a series of aligner trays that are replaced every one to two weeks. You and your child should realize that each replacement tray will bring a slightly different sensation. That is because each Invisalign tray will continue to shift and move teeth into optimum positions.
- Your child needs to wear his or her tray 20-22 hours per day to see results.
- Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are easy to remove for meals, brushing, flossing for special events.
- Special Note: Remember: “Though it’s a solid piece of plastic, Invisalign aligners are braces, not retainers, because they actively move your teeth to shape your mouth and jaw. Retainers just hold your teeth in place.”
What Dr. King’s Invisalign Can Do for Your Child
Invisalign is a prescription tooth movement process, and Dr. King might suggest it for a number of reasons. What all these reasons have in common is that they all involve tooth movement.
This type of treatment allows Dentistry for Children to accomplish several remarkable things with regards to tooth positioning. For example, we can treat mild to moderate malocclusion cases. Now we could not promise that “Buckey’s” friends would change his nick-name, but they did.
- Be aware that now we can obtain outcomes you can count on. Why? Because we can predict the movement of the teeth with more precision than previously.
- Time is part of the prescriptions. We might utilize up to 20 aligners
- We can expand the arch width in the mouth and reduce tooth crowding.
At this office, we diagnose and assessment of children’s cases quickly and efficiently within an appointment.
We can help you compare different options and treatment plans side by side. Dr. King, you and your child can make real-time modifications.
Terrific Take-Aways from Invisalign Treatments
A side-benefit to Invisalign treatment is that your child will become more cognizant of the benefits of good oral hygiene. With this program, brushing and flossing become almost second nature and an important part of your child’s lifestyle.
You see, there’s more to Invisalign than a better smile. Well-positioned teeth are easier to clean, stay cleaner and freer of decay than crowded or poorly positioned teeth. What’s more, once accustomed to wearing the braces, kids report they like the “feel” of them.
Your child’s new smile is the bonus. Your child’s new self-confidence is the double bonus. So, we invite you to check out the new technology because braces do not have to be wire and rubber bands. In some cases, in the 21st century, braces are clear, space-age plastic.