Is Invisalign Suitable For Children?

So you’re curious about Invisalign® for your child? Or, you’re looking for an alternative to traditional metal braces and would like to learn more about your options? Well, you’re in the right place. Whether it’s for cosmetic reasons or your child wants complete freedom when it comes to foods that they can eat, Invisalign® is rising in popularity for good reason. With its subtle look as well as the effective results Invisalign® has delivered, it’s no surprise that we are seeing an increasing number of children choosing Invisalign® as their teeth-straightening solution.

So is Invisalign® suitable for your child and what are the most important factors to consider before treatment? Today, we’re answering your questions so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to helping your child achieve their ideal smile.

Let’s get straight to it shall we? (excuse the pun!)

Invisalign® – rising in popularity

Whilst you’re probably aware of the long-term benefits that teeth-straightening offers, your child may be reluctant to wear the traditional option. Metal braces can pose limitations and this may be particularly relevant for children. Due to the construction of metal braces with their brackets and wires, children may be restricted to eating certain foods to prevent braces from breaking or excessive staining. Furthermore, major adjustments usually need to be made to cleaning and flossing of teeth due to the brackets and wires being fixed to the teeth.

Invisalign® provides a viable and effective solution. Whether your child is in need of overall alignment or Invisalign for overbite, this treatment plan is efficient and effective. Plus, made from invisible material, Invisalign® is a see-through teeth-straightening solution that is as discreet as it is comfortable.

There’s no need for your child to avoid particular types of foods with Invisalign®. Plus, Invisalign® can achieve the smile that your child is after with a safe alternative solution. There’s also no need to spend money or time fixing broken wires or brackets and children can feel secure with Invisalign® thanks to its discrete aesthetic. Considering these benefits, it’s no surprise that Invisalign® is rising in popularity as a teeth-straightening solution for children and adults alike.

Can you use Invisalign on children?

Determining whether Invisalign® is suitable for your child will depend on a range of variables. The most important of these are the age of your child, their level of compliance with the process, their teeth positioning, their current teeth health and how much more development the mouth/jaw has to go through.

When it comes to age, we have found that older children and teens are, on average, more suitable candidates for Invisalign®. However, this will depend on your child. This is because of compliance. Invisalign® must be worn for at least 22 hours each day to be effective. So, the child needs to be mature enough to keep their trays in their mouth for the right amount of time.

The good news is that Invisalign® and its aligner tray includes blue compliance indicators which will help both the parent and us monitor if your child is wearing them for the required number of hours per day.

Another point to consider is your child’s teeth positioning and whether their teeth are fully grown. Invisalign® is most suitable for children who have lost all of their baby teeth and now only have permanent teeth. We do not recommend Invisalign® if the baby teeth are still present.

During the initial examination appointment, our dentists would assess the overall health of the teeth. If a child’s overall teeth health is in particularly poor condition with significant tooth decay or damage, any sort of orthodontic work is contraindicated until these are attended to for obvious reasons.

The developmental stage of the jaws are an important factor that we will consider. Certain teeth and jaw misalignments are best treated early on while others will require adjunctive treatment, such as elastics. In some cases, we might opt to wait until development has further matured before starting Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign for kids – compliance is key

An important factor to consider before choosing Invisalign®, is the role compliance plays in delivering desired results. As mentioned previously, in order for Invisalign® to be effective, it’s fundamental that children wear Invisalign® for a minimum of 22 hours each day.

Whilst this is achievable, some children may be reluctant to comply with this requirement, preventing the overall effectiveness of Invisalign®. If this was the case, we would generally recommend traditional braces as the wires are fixed in place and compliance is not as big a factor in success.

What to do next

In examining whether Invisalign® is suitable for children, it’s clear that the answer will differ for each individual. Depending on a range of factors, it’s important to consider what’s best for your child and their needs. This will help your child to achieve their desired smile, using the most suitable solution.

When looking for an Invisalign® provider, it is important to understand that Invisalign® treatment is a technique, and not a product. Hence the operator you choose is key to success. It’s safe to say that Dr Shawn Rama is leading the way. Founder of The Dental Room and as a Platinum Invisalign® provider (2019), your child is in great company.

Attracting clients from interstate as well as internationally, be sure to take advantage of his expertise with an Invisalign® appointment. This initial consultation will involve a 3D scan of your child’s teeth and a preview of what their teeth will look like after the Invisalign® treatment.

So, if your child is in need of a highly experienced, qualified and professional team to provide their Invisalign® treatment, then The Dental Room has you covered. Simply give us a call or send us an email to organise your child’s consultation!