Have You Heard About Invisalign First?
If you haven’t heard about Invisalign First, you could be missing out on a new way to give your children a solid foundation for a lifetime of straight and healthy teeth.
Introduced in April 2018, Invisalign First is the latest addition to the Invisalign family – the most advanced clear teeth-alignment system in the world – developed by Align Technology, the U.S.-based global medical device company.
Invisalign First1 is designed for Phase One orthodontic treatment when permanent adult teeth begin to emerge while some primary (baby) teeth are still present. A child’s primary teeth perform a critical function in reserving space for their adult teeth.
A variety of potential orthodontic problems can be revealed as a youngster’s mouth develops, including gapped or crowded teeth, and narrow dental arches. Invisalign First offers an effective, more comfortable alternative to conventional braces to fix these issues.
What is Phase One Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic problems in kids typically reveal themselves at the age of about seven, when they start to get their permanent teeth. If orthodontic issues are spotted at this stage, it doesn’t necessarily mean that treatment will begin straightaway.
However, early orthodontics can help to avoid serious issues in the future by correcting subtle problems while your child’s teeth and jaw are still developing. This includes ensuring adequate space for adult teeth to emerge properly, which reduces the risk of tooth loss at a later stage.
Children who get Phase-One orthodontic treatment will usually need braces or other orthodontic appliances later but this Phase Two treatment is likely to be simpler and less lengthy.
Invisalign First can play an important role in Phase One orthodontic treatment by preventing problems from becoming more serious and helping to make sure there’s enough space for permanent teeth to make their appearance.
What Does Invisalign First Do?
Invisalign First has been developed to provide a firm basis for young children’s oral wellbeing that can help them maintain strong and healthy teeth into their teen years and beyond.
Invisalign First can fix multiple dental issues in youngsters, including tooth crowding and gaps. Invisalign First counters dental crowding and gapped teeth by gradually moving teeth into proper alignment to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum infection.
Invisalign First also offers an effective treatment to ease protruding teeth back into proper position to avoid future oral injuries such as an adult tooth being knocked out.
The custom-made trays of Invisalign First can also gradually expand narrow dental arches to ensure enough room for the healthy development of permanent teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign First
By addressing early orthodontic issues, Invisalign First will give your child a far better chance of avoiding lengthy, more complex treatments when they’re older. Invisalign First treatment is faster and easier because when your child is young, their facial and jawbones are still growing.
Invisalign First can help to avoid the need to extract adult teeth and lessens the likelihood of permanent teeth becoming impacted.
Your child can eat, brush and floss as normal with Invisalign First, which, like its big brother Invisalign Teen, is a removable appliance with:
- No unsightly brackets and wires – Invisalign First clear plastic aligners are practically invisible.
- Greater comfort than metal braces.
- Fewer visits to the orthodontist during treatment.
When your youngster’s teeth are properly positioned with Invisalign First, their gums will fit snugly around their teeth, providing a barrier against infection. Invisalign First can also help to prevent problems such as bad breath and tooth sensitivity.
As well as straightening crooked teeth, Invisalign First can also correct an irregular bite when the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly. If bite abnormalities are not resolved, they can cause further dental health problems including tooth decay and difficulties in talking and/or eating.
Helping to Avoid Emotional Problems
Besides safeguarding your child’s oral health, Invisalign First also offers future psychological benefits by enhancing their appearance. Youngsters – particularly teens – can suffer loss of self-confidence as they worry about their appearance if they have misaligned teeth.
Invisalign First is the first line of defense in preventing this problem by setting the stage to give your child the self-assurance to smile and laugh normally during social interaction, which enhances their positive emotions while reducing hormones that trigger stress.
A 2014 report by U.S. government health experts indicated that irregularities of the jaw and teeth prompted teasing and harassment among youngsters, negatively affecting social interaction and emotional health.
Other research suggests that youngsters who wear discreet Invisalign aligners are far less likely to be bullied because of their appearance.
Signs Your Child May Benefit from Invisalign First
Some indications that your child could benefit from Invisalign First are noticeable – gapped, crowded, crooked or protruding teeth, for example.
However, other warning signs of a potential orthodontic problem in your youngster may not be so obvious. These include:
- Early loss of baby teeth (before five years old).
- Upper and lower teeth failing to meet properly.
- Jaw appearing out of proportion with the rest of the face.
Is Invisalign First Treatment Right for My Child?
Invisalign First increases your child’s chances of a healthier mouth, better appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime, and the appliances are made from medical-grade material that’s almost invisible.
Compared with traditional metal braces, Invisalign First provides far greater control in the teeth straightening process, with a series of precisely regulated and timed movements of the teeth. Invisalign First aligners also have smooth edges, so they’re more comfortable. They’re also customized for a perfect fit.
The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) advises parents to make sure their kids get an orthodontic assessment by the age of seven – as their adult teeth start to grow in – and the American Dental Association says straightening crooked teeth can have a significant impact on overall oral health.
Now you’ve heard about Invisalign First, an experienced orthodontic practice2 specializing in Invisalign treatments can help you determine whether your child could benefit from this type of early orthodontic care to get their oral healthcare off to the best start.