Invisalign can be used by children, teens, and adults to correct orthodontic problems and achieve a straighter smile. If your child has been asking about Invisalign, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our office to see if Invisalign is a good choice for them and when they should begin treatment. We offer our orthodontic services to adults as well, so if you or anyone else in your household is interested in Invisalign, please contact our office!
At what age can kids get Invisalign?
Kids can begin wearing braces or Invisalign aligners when they are as young as seven years old. Beginning orthodontic treatment depends on when the adult teeth come in, and the ideal time to begin treatment is unique to each patient. If your child wants to use Invisalign to straighten their smile, it's also important to consider how responsible they are, and if they can commit to wearing Invisalign aligners between 20 and 22 hours per day, every single day. Once that has been established, we can begin creating their custom treatment plan.
Is Invisalign painful or uncomfortable to wear?
Braces and clear aligners both require an adjustment period, and your child can expect to feel some pain or discomfort as they get used to wearing something on their teeth. When your child has to switch to a new set of aligners, they can begin wearing them at night, so the initial tooth movements happen while they're asleep. It can also be a good idea to take off the aligners and eat a popsicle to numb the mouth and give their teeth a break. Over-the-counter pain medication and dental wax are also great to keep on hand for soreness.
How do you take care of clear aligners?
Your child should set up a routine where they clean their Invisalign aligners at least once per day. Mild liquid soap or Invisalign cleaner can be used with a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently brush the aligner. They can also be soaked in Invisalign cleaning solution to kill off harmful bacteria. Before the aligners are placed back in the mouth, they should be rinsed off thoroughly, and the patient should brush their teeth or at least rinse out their mouth if they just ate. Aligners should always be stored in their case, otherwise, it's easy to lose them or throw them away.