7 March 2023
Before, seeing coloured metal braces on children was a common sight. Afterall, they used to be the go-to solution for young ones who were trying to achieve a straight and beautiful smile. While self-ligating fixed braces today are much more comfortable, streamlined and smaller than they used to be, they are not the first choice. Many kids and parents are opting for clear braces also known as Invisalign. That’s right, these invisible aligners are not only meant for adults but available to kids as well! Invisalign in Singapore is less noticeable than their metal counterpart, with no wires and brackets. This is a popular choice for younger patients who worry about self-consciousness and do not wish to skip school activities for monthly braces adjustment.
Invisalign treatment is just as safe and effective for children as it is for adults, provided that the child’s teeth have developed to an appropriate stage. The Invisalign aligners are made of medical grade plastic and do not contain BPA. The SmartTrack material makes it easy to put on and take off. It can be removed at any time when needed. However, for an effective treatment, it is highly recommended that your child wears their aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily and only remove them to brush, floss, or eat.
Align Technologies‘ Invisalign First was designed specifically for young children in order to help them improve their smiles without disrupting their daily life as a child. Young children between 7 to 10 years old may be ready for Invisalign First orthodontic treatment to prevent existing bite problems from getting worse and create space for adult teeth.
With the Eruption Compensation feature, any erupting or changing of the child’s teeth can be treated easily. Therefore, Invisalign First can accommodate the early loss of baby teeth and the emergence of new adult teeth in growing children.
Typically, Invisalign First can correct some common types of malocclusions in younger children including crooked teeth, narrow jaw, underbite and crossbite.
Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign in Singapore offers a myriad of benefits that make the orthodontic treatment experience a breeze. By learning more about the advantages, parents can make a more well-informed decision to determine if it is suitable for their child.
No Food Restrictions
Since there are no metal braces involved and the Invisalign aligners are removable, there are no food restrictions! Kids can continue eating all the meals they love, which is especially crucial for their growth. Just ensure to remind your child to wear their Invisalign after eating or brushing their teeth. With Invisalign, the worries of emergency visits to the clinic because of the broken braces are eliminated.
Effortless Brushing and Flossing
The hassles of wearing metal braces are made prominent when it comes to maintaining their oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing can be difficult to navigate around brackets and wires, particularly for children. If your little one is not used to maintaining oral hygiene, Invisalign may be recommended over metal braces.
Comfortable Orthodontic Treatment Experience
Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable, causing minimal to no irritation to the mouth. Though children may experience some discomfort when Invisalign attachments are just placed on and sometimes after putting in new aligners, it is mild and well tolerated after a few days.
Quick Adjustment Period
Having metal brackets and wires in the mouth can be quite uncomfortable, taking kids a longer time to adjust to them. On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are customised for the best fitting, making it much easier for kids to get used to wearing them. A slight lisp may be the only complaint some patients have during their first week with Invisalign, but speech quickly returns to normal.
To find out if Invisible aligners are suitable for your child, do not hesitate to contact us today! Our orthodontists will guide you through your queries from Invisalign cost to treatment options and recommend appropriate solutions for your little one.
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