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You may have noticed your child struggling with biting and chewing or having problems with their speech. Your dentist may have even recommended you seek help for your child from an orthodontist. Although this news may not be what your child wants to hear, don’t worry! The days of limited options for children’s orthodontics are over.

Invisalign First has emerged on the scene and many children are excelling with this form of treatment.

What Is Invisalign First?

Invisalign First is a newer option designed for patients between age 7 and 10, and it’s being recommended to those who could benefit from treatment at this early age. Working just like the other Invisalign products, Invisalign First consists of clear, removable aligners that must be worn 22 hours each day.

As the aligners are worn and replaced with new ones, the teeth move a little more into alignment. Since children’s teeth are easier to move at this age, instead of replacing the aligners every couple of weeks, like with the other Invisalign products, the aligners are replaced about every three days. This means Invisalign First treatment generally takes less time than Invisalign treatment for teens and adults.

Benefits of Invisalign First

Although parents are concerned about their child’s ability to follow the rules when it comes to wearing their aligners, it’s been proven that this age group is extremely compliant…perhaps more so than teen and adult patients! Plus, with the variety of benefits of the Invisalign system, young patients are easily able to comply. Benefits of Invisalign First include:

  • No food restrictions
  • No change in tooth color
  • No special brushing requirements
  • More comfort

Not only do children excel with the Invisalign program, they tend to acquire an enhanced level of confidence as they feel more like a grown-up with this type of treatment.

Invisalign First and Your Child

The first step in your child’s Invisalign journey is speaking with a qualified orthodontist who specializes in this type of treatment to see if it may be an option for your child. It’s a good idea to sit down with your child and discuss the program with them, helping them understand their responsibilities. Go over proper wear and why it’s important to wear their aligners for the recommended time every day, proper storage for their aligners and taking care of them as well.

Once they understand what is going to be asked of them, you will have a better idea of whether or not they will be able to comply with the program. If your child is certain they can follow the instructions properly, sit down with their orthodontist to discuss the next steps.

The world of orthodontics is evolving everyday, which means better treatment options and a more seamless experience. If your child needs to start orthodontic treatment, consider the benefits of Invisalign First and get them moving toward a spectacular smile today!

The team at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists is excited to help your child with their smile! Call (843) 4-BRACES to learn more.