What Is Invisalign For Kids?

Invisalign for kids is an alternative to traditional braces that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth to gradually guide the teeth into proper alignment. Using fully digital scans we take here in-office, Invisalign aligners are custom-designed specifically for your child’s developing smile. We use a digital impression system, known as iTero, that allows us to create aligners that match every groove of the teeth for ultimate comfort and efficiency.

Invisalign has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments and can correct a variety of issues, ranging from simple aesthetic fixes to major alignment adjustments.

Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours daily for best results. In most cases, treatment takes 9–18 months, depending on the severity of the issues needing to be corrected. If you’re considering Invisalign for your child, our team can work with you and your child to determine whether it’s the right option for treatment.

Big Results For Little Smiles

With Invisalign First, our team has successfully shaped hundreds of little smiles. We’ve also found that our younger patients are often our best patients. Many parents are turning to Invisalign as a treatment option for their children for several reasons, including:

  • They’re Removable: Since Invisalign is removable, your child can still brush and floss, as usual, keeping hygiene simple. Plus, he or she won’t have to compromise when it comes to appetite. As long as the aligners are removed, kids can continue enjoying all the foods they love with no dietary restrictions.
  • Encourage Responsibility: Wearing Invisalign gives your child a sense of responsibility as he or she will need to remember to put the clear liners back in after eating and brush and floss before putting the aligners back in. But just in case, the aligners have an optional blue compliance indicator that will fade with wear, helping you monitor to ensure your child gets the best results.
  • Positive Experience: Results from Invisalign are predictable and consider your child’s needs, resulting in a more positive experience for your child.

When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?

It is recommended that children should see an orthodontist around the age of 7. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner. Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

While treatment may not always be necessary right away, our doctors always prioritize the future of your child’s smile above putting them in treatment. If your child may benefit from Invisalign down the road but doesn’t need them yet, we will place them under observation to keep track of their development and make more informed decisions about future treatment.

Spark Clear Aligners In Anderson & Easley, SC

David McInnis Orthodontics is pleased to offer Spark clear aligners, a new corrective treatment that provides patients of all ages with superior comfort and enhanced aesthetics. Spark Clear Aligners are an alternative to traditional braces, similar to Invisalign, that use clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth gradually.

A series of clear aligners designed by our orthodontists are used in the Spark clear aligner treatment to move your teeth and jaw into position for the ideal smile. Compared to Invisalign, Spark aligners are renowned for being perfectly transparent and highly stain-resistant. Spark aligners stay clear longer than other clear aligner brands, providing you with a stunning smile throughout the entire duration of treatment.

Your teeth receive constant pressure from the aligners, which causes them to move into position over time. Each new set you receive will be somewhat modified until you achieve the desired outcomes. This is so that patients can have a comfortable treatment experience.