What is Invisalign First?
Invisalign First has been designed to treat orthodontic problems commonly encountered by growing children. It can fix a wide range of issues, including narrow dental arches and teeth crowding or gaps.
Launched in April 2018 as the next generation of the Invisalign product family, Invisalign First1 is becoming a popular choice for parents of children getting Phase-One orthodontic treatment, which is typically carried while a child still has some baby (primary) teeth but their adult, permanent teeth are starting to emerge.
It’s important to address any alignment issues with baby teeth, which pave the way for the adult teeth. Proper positioning of primary teeth is also necessary to facilitate speaking, eating and breathing.
Ensuring a cute smile often entails treating a variety of dental problems in early childhood, before all the permanent teeth have emerged. Invisalign First is an early orthodontic treatment that offers an alternative to traditional metal braces.
The transition between baby teeth and permanent teeth is an ideal time for any adjustments that are needed as your child’s jaw and teeth are still developing, and Invisalign First has made this orthodontic work a more positive experience for kids.
Invisalign First devices are specifically designed for smaller mouths while allowing room for incoming teeth. As your child undergoes Invisalign First treatment, you’ll see their smile transformed through a series of precisely timed and regulated movements calibrated specifically for straightening little teeth.
Like their bigger brothers – standard Invisalign and Invisalign Teen – Invisalign First appliances are removable, which means minimal disruption to your youngster’s life.
Problems That Invisalign First Can Solve
Invisalign First can correct multiple dental problems in young children, laying the foundation for sound oral health into their teen years and beyond.
Invisalign First can:
Expand narrow dental arches. The customized trays used in Invisalign First can gradually expand a problem dental arch in a growing youngster. This helps to avoid more serious issues in the future.
Fix tooth crowding. Dental overcrowding can result in severely crooked teeth over time, putting your child at greater risk of gum infection and tooth decay through a build-up of plaque. Invisalign First treats crowding by gradually easing teeth into proper alignment.
Fix tooth gaps. Gapped teeth – caused by the excessive spacing between teeth – can be fixed by Invisalign First to avoid the danger of gum disease resulting from deep pockets that may develop between the teeth and gums, providing a breeding ground for bacteria.
Solve teeth protrusion problems. Protruding teeth in children is a common problem treated by orthodontists. Invisalign First provides an effective means of coaxing protruding teeth back into proper position. This can prevent future dental injuries such as having a permanent tooth knocked out.
Enhance your child’s facial appearance. Strong, healthy, properly aligned teeth produce a great smile and boost your child’s self-regard.
Importance of Your Child’s Smile
Babies begin to smile within a few weeks of birth in order to connect with those around them in their new, outside world. This natural response needs to continue as they get older to help safeguard their self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. A 2014 report by government health experts suggested a link between jaw and teeth abnormalities and bullying among youngsters2.
However, issues such as crooked, protruding or misaligned teeth plague many youngsters in the U.S., particularly teens, who can experience plummeting self-confidence as they fret about their appearance.
Invisalign First can help to nip this problem in the bud while your child is still young, by preventing problems before they become serious and giving your youngster the self-assurance to show off their smile during social interaction as they continue to develop.
Can My Child Benefit from Invisalign First Treatment?
Invisalign First can play a crucial role in Phase One orthodontic treatment.
Although your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out of their own accord, they are critical in ensuring proper development of their permanent teeth. If early orthodontic issues are not corrected with Phase One Treatment, your child is likely to need more intricate and longer treatments when they’re older.
Besides crowded, gapped, crooked or protruding teeth, other signs that your child might benefit from Invisalign First treatment include:
- Losing primary teeth before five years old.
- Upper and lower teeth don’t come together properly.
- Emerging adult teeth appear to be blocked by the primary teeth.
- Habits like thumb-sucking.
- Speech problems.
- Jaw out of proportion with the rest of the face.
Invisalign First can prevent existing or potential orthodontic issues from becoming more severe as your child continues to develop, and help to make sure their jaw grows so there’s enough room for adult teeth to make their appearance.
Benefits of Invisalign First include:
- Improving the appearance and self-esteem of your child.
- Avoiding the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
- Reducing the risk of adult teeth becoming impacted – lodged beneath the gum line.
Children can continue to eat as normal with Invisalign First, and no change is required to their oral hygiene routine – they can carry on brushing and flossing without hassle, to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign First is easier and faster because when your child is young, their jaw and facial bones are still developing.
Invisalign First allows younger children to take advantage of all the benefits that Invisalign teen and adult users enjoy, including:
- Removability, which makes oral hygiene easier.
- No unsightly wires and brackets. Invisalign clear plastic aligners are practically invisible.
- More comfortable than metal braces.
- Fewer visits to the orthodontist during treatment.
When Should My Child First See an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics3 (AAO) advises parents to take kids for their first orthodontic examination by the time they’re seven – around the age that the first set of permanent molars and some of the adult front teeth should have erupted through the gums.
With the help of X-rays or digital imaging, an orthodontist can carry out a comprehensive assessment to determine your child’s jaw development and the condition of their teeth and gums, checking to ensure that any adult teeth are emerging as they should.
You may want to look for a dentist who specializes in early treatment for kids and is an Invisalign First provider.