Benefits of Invisalign for Children Q&A
Invisalign treatment can be a great alternative to metal braces for kids and adults alike who prefer a more discreet orthodontic appliance to fix their teeth alignment. Visit Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics for more information. Call us or schedule an appointment online! We serve patients from Brooklyn, NY and surrounding areas.
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While some kids may handle traditional braces with ease, other kids may find traditional braces to be a kind of cruel punishment. Luckily for those kids who dread the thought of metal braces, there is another option! Invisalign treatment can be a great alternative to metal braces for kids and adults alike who prefer a more discreet orthodontic appliance to fix their teeth alignment or bite issues. At Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics, our skilled and friendly dentists would be happy to get your child set up with Invisalign trays if you decide it is a good option for them!
If your child needs braces, Invisalign is an excellent option! Two key benefits of Invisalign for children are no restrictions on certain foods and discreet trays, which can reduce feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment that are sometimes associated with traditional braces.
Since the Invisalign trays are removable, anybody who wears them is free to take them out for brief periods to eat certain foods or drink certain beverages. In contrast, metal braces cannot be taken out, which can prevent children from being able to eat their favorite hard, crunchy, or sticky snack.
Moreover, Invisalign trays are virtually invisible! The aligners are made of clear plastic, so your child can keep smiling free from care and or any potential feelings of self-consciousness.
While you can purchase special Invisalign cleanings items, you can also use at-home remedies, such as a toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water to clean the aligner. With that being said, it may be more convenient and effective to purchase a retainer cleaning product. If you choose to use at-home solutions, make sure you do not use hot water for cleaning as this could warp the plastic.
Some other items you may consider purchasing include orthodontic wax for any mouth sores that occur from the trays, lip balm for dry lips, Invisalign “chewies” that help the aligners to seat properly, and an aligner removal tool.
If you are unsure about what items you should buy, your dentist can tell you about any special dental care items you should purchase at your Invisalign consultation or appointment.
While prices vary, metal braces are slightly more affordable than Invisalign trays are on average. With that being said, if your child is set up on a dental insurance plan, their provider should provide coverage for a portion of the final price. Both metal braces and Invisalign are highly effective at correcting mild to moderate alignment and bite issues. As such, the choice between the two typically depends on your budget and what you and your child’s goals are for their orthodontic treatment. We would be happy to help you decide which option is best for you and your child at Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics!
In addition to being removable and less noticeable than traditional braces, some other benefits of Invisalign treatment for children are as follows:
– Take less time to produce desired results than traditional braces at an average of six to 18 months
– Less painful than traditional braces
– Invisalign trays are precisely crafted using 3D digital scans so that they are the ideal match for your child’s teeth
– No need for a special orthodontic mouthguard for kids who play sports
For an appointment with us at Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics or more information about the benefits of Invisalign for children, we would love to hear from you! We welcome you to give us a call or feel free to schedule an appointment through our website. We serve patients from Brooklyn NY, Manhattan NY, Bronx NY, Hoboken NJ, West New York NJ and surrounding areas.