Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that helps teens and adults straighten crooked and misaligned teeth. But did you know that children can receive treatment with Invisalign as well? Invisalign First can offer phase one treatment for children 6 to 8. This treatment allows patients to align their smiles when they have some adult teeth as well as primary teeth. Dr. Georgia Haddad provides her younger patients with Invisalign First as an orthodontic option in her Oxnard, CA office. Having alternative ways to create space in the smile can make for more comfortable treatment.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign First?
Early orthodontic treatment helps correct the bite early on and prevent younger patients from requiring future orthodontic treatments, and even oral surgery. Invisalign First can treat a broad range of malocclusions, from open spacing, overjet, crossbite, underbite, and more.
SmartForce® retention attachments may be added to the Invisalign aligners. These small attachments help readjust and resize certain areas of the smile and apply enough force needed to correct teeth. Invisalign First can not only fix the look of crooked teeth but also the fit of the bite, making it easier to bite and speak. Patients and their parents can also see results early because of how the molars expand first, which helps the incisors simultaneously align.
Treatment with Invisalign First
We recommend that younger patients start visiting the dentist around age 6 so we can keep track of any developing bite or spacing problems. Dr. Haddad will consult with you and your child to see if Invisalign First is a viable option.
To begin treatment, Dr. Haddad will take quick digital impressions of the teeth. This process can take as little as one-minute using iTero 5D technology. Once the aligners have been completed and sent to Dr. Haddad, she will make sure that the primary aligners fit comfortably.
Patients switch out each pair of aligners every week. There are small blue dots on the back of the aligners to help keep track of time. After the aligners are worn for a certain amount of time, the blue dots fade. The average treatment time for Invisalign First patients is 9 to 15 months, which varies depending on each patient’s concerns.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Is your child self-conscious about their smile? Are crooked teeth impacting their bite? Request a dental appointment with Dr. Haddad on our website. If you are a new patient, call (805) 312-9164. Current patients can call (805) 278-8887.