You probably know all about metal braces and how effective they can be for correcting a wide range of dental problems. But, they’re no longer the only option. Clear aligner trays that can straighten teeth (like Invisalign) can now be as effective as metal braces – but in some cases – even faster. The biggest difference is that during the aligner treatment there is no appearance of wires and brackets that can bring feelings of self-consciousness. This is common when wearing the traditional metal braces. What’s more, you can remove the clear trays so that you can still enjoy your favourite foods. These, and other options, have made clear aligners a highly popular options with adults and teens – but – can children use aligners like Invisalign?
Clear Aligners For Children
The answer is yes, children can wear aligners such as Invisalign. As long as the child’s teeth have developed to an appropriate stage, the treatment is just as safe and as effective for children as it is for adults. That being said, aligner treatment requires care and responsibility.
One of the main benefits of wearing the invisible retainers over metal braces is that you can take them out at any time. However, for the overall treatment to be effective, you need to wear the retainers for about 20 to 22 hours per day, every day. This means wearing them just about all day and night, only removing them during brushing, flossing and eating.
When Can Children Use Clear aligners like Invisalign?
When it comes to children, it’s not unusual for them to want to remove the aligner trays. Whether that be out of sheer curiosity, or due to discomfort. And when they do that, they might forget to clean them and put them back in. They may even forget where they put the trays. Any of these instances can significantly affect their treatment process.
What’s more, children just aren’t as self-conscious about their smiles as teens and adults, who choose aligners like Invisalign for the near-invisibility benefits. It could be difficult keeping up with kids taking their trays out, losing them, and compromising treatment.
Clear aligners are certainly safe and effective for children who have the right dental development. Provided they are motivated and cooperative, and at an age where they are responsible enough to go along with the treatment. If your child has reached the best age to get braces, they may be a candidate for clear aligners.
To find out if clear aligners are suitable for your child, book a free Invisalign Assessment in one of our two Sydney locations.
Always read the label and follow the instructions for use.