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Is Invisalign Right for Your Child?

It’s true that more than 8 million people choose Invisalign® to straighten their teeth. But just because something’s popular doesn’t make it the right choice for your child’s orthodontic care. Amanda Darling, DDS, and the team at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, can help you determine the right smile-straightening option for your child. 

While it may seem like teeth straightening is only a cosmetic issue, crooked teeth and spacing problems can cause serious complications to your child’s oral health, such as infections or gingivitis. Gum disease and other oral health complications actually threaten your child’s overall health.  

At Legacy Dental Care, we’re proud to offer Invisalign to help our patients ensure their oral health and improve the look of their smiles. Read on to learn if this popular dental aligner could be the right solution for your child. 

Is my child the right age for Invisalign?

One of the first considerations to make when looking at Invisalign is whether your child is at the right age for the aligners. If you have an older teen or young adult, Invisalign may be a great option for straightening their teeth. 

Younger teens and preteens, however, are typically experiencing too much bone growth for Invisalign’s teeth-straightening system to effectively reposition their teeth. At your child’s consultation, Dr. Darling evaluates your child’s growth and discusses whether or not Invisalign can be used. 

Does my child need straightening Invisalign can provide?

While Invisalign is a great treatment for many orthodontic problems, it isn’t the right choice for more complex corrections, which typically require more involved orthodontic treatments. For many children and teens, however, Invisalign can help with issues such as:

Is my child responsible enough for dental aligners?

Orthodontic treatments are an investment, so be sure to carefully consider whether your child is responsible enough to commit to wearing Invisalign as required for treatment. Most patients must wear their Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours each day. Using the aligners may not be difficult, but keeping them in requires responsibility. 

If your child doesn’t wear the Invisalign aligners according to the schedule Dr. Darling prescribes, their teeth will not move and straighten as desired. Carefully consider whether your child is ready for the responsibility Invisalign brings — including remembering to put them back in after eating or sports! Dr. Darling can recommend alternatives if required. 

Is flexibility key for your child’s orthodontic success?

If your child’s schedule is full or if they play sports that make getting to dental appointments a challenge, or if your child may struggle with brushing and flossing around metal braces, Invisalign could be the right option for your child. 

Invisalign aligners can be removed during sports, and you’ll only need to schedule an exam every 6-8 weeks. In addition, your child can brush and floss normally after removing the aligners. And they won’t have to avoid their favorite foods or drinks!

How can I learn more about whether Invisalign is right for my child?

If you’re weighing your options for straightening your child’s teeth, Dr. Darling and the team at Legacy Dental Care can help answer any questions you have and address your concerns. Dr. Darling evaluates your child’s teeth to ensure they’re a candidate for Invisalign, and our team customizes a treatment plan to meet their needs. 

Once Dr. Darling determines your child is a candidate, our team takes a series of X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your child’s mouth and teeth. The Invisalign laboratories use this information to create a series of aligners to help straighten your child’s smile. 

Contact Legacy Dental Care’s Ballwin office at 636-203-7519 and set up an appointment to learn more about whether Invisalign is the right option for your child!

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