Invisalign can be a braces alternative for some patients here in Forest Hills, NY. Making waves in the orthodontic industry, Invisalign utilizes the SmartTrack® technology. This clear aligner set was developed as a quicker and often less invasive alternative to braces. If you’re wondering if your child may be a candidate for Invisalign, request a free consultation today or visit our FAQ page about Invisalign.

How Is Invisalign for Kids Different From Invisalign for Adults?

This orthodontic treatment for children is essentially the same as Invisalign for adults. The only difference is that you are helping your child’s teeth grow into the best alignment from an earlier age.

What Are The Benefits of Invisalign for Kids?

Invisalign for kids provides early teeth straightening treatments to prevent malalignment and malocclusion (improper bites). This phase one treatment can help with oral habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking.

  • Eat the Foods They Love – Invisalign treatment allows your child to remove their appliance while eating. Picky eaters can continue eating their favorite foods without worrying about causing damage like they would with braces.
  • No Need to Worry About Broken Braces or Wires – Invisalign clear aligners don’t rely on metal brackets or wires to adjust the alignment of your children’s teeth. No wire and brackets mean there is no chance of painful breakages. Invisalign for kids also doesn’t require manual tightening that can strain the thin wires of braces.
  • Easy for Children to Brush and Floss Their Teeth as They Normally Would – Because Invisalign aligners are removable, your child can easily brush and floss. Invisalign for kids makes it easy to keep their teeth free of plaque and food residues that might otherwise get trapped behind the wires of braces. Traditional braces often make brushing and flossing difficult or require purchasing additional and costly at-home oral health tools like water-flossers. These aligners remove the need for extra care and attention while brushing to simplify the alignment treatment for kids.

Why Should I Consider Invisalign for My Child?

Invisalign for children can help your child have a great smile from an early age. Some children suffer from overcrowded teeth, misaligned jaws, and other dental issues. Invisalign helps to correct these issues before they become permanently and painfully troublesome.

Invisalign for kids is an easy-to-use tooth straightening aligner set that simplifies the tooth alignment process. These clear aligners are also inconspicuous, which can help your child have a more confident smile while in treatment.

These clear aligners are an excellent choice for kids that are willing and able to follow directions. Speak with the Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates team to request an appointment and see if your child is a candidate for Invisalign for kids.

How Should My Child Care for Their Invisalign Aligners?

Oral hygiene is simple with Invisalign aligners. Your child should wear their aligner for 20-22 hours a day for the best results. Your child should only remove the appliance and store it in a container while brushing or playing sports.

Before replacing the aligner after brushing their teeth, your child should gently brush and rinse the aligner with warm water. Invisalign for kids is easy to care for and easy to use in everyday life. Ask the dental technicians at Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates for more information.

Can My Child Still Participate in Sports?

Clear aligners for kids make it easier for your child to participate in their favorite extracurricular sports. Invisalign for kids gives you and your children more options to explore their athletic prowess with fewer worries about damage to their mouth or their oral appliance.

Some children prefer to continue wearing the aligner while playing, using it as a lightweight mouthguard. Other children choose to remove and store the aligner in exchange for a sports guard. You and your child can work together to discover the best option for your lifestyle. Speak with one of our team members to determine the best option for your child.

What Can My Child Eat with Invisalign?

This alternative to braces has no dietary restrictions. Your child can continue eating all the foods they love without any hassles that you might associate with traditional braces. Your children can enjoy all the following goodies:

  • Popcorn
  • Chewy foods like taffy
  • Gummies
  • Peanuts
  • Chewing gum

Remind your child to remove their Invisalign aligner while eating. After eating, a quick brush or rinse will help remove unwanted food residue before placing the aligner over their teeth.