When your child reaches the age of seven, it is recommended they visit the dentist for an examination and evaluation regarding the possible need for orthodontic correction. It is possible at this appointment the dentist might suggest doing nothing, but as more teeth emerge (particularly the third molars), this may no longer be a good option. Invisalign has a program that can correct many dental malocclusions:
Over bite – Teeth may protrude due to overcrowding or from an external issue like thumb sucking.
Under bite – Teeth might push inward if there is insufficient jaw space for new teeth to come in.
Cross bite – This occurs when the top teeth do not properly align to their corresponding bottom teeth.
All of these issues are very common; and all are very treatable with Invisalign. Teens and young adults are often very self-conscious so the Invisalign program is perfect for them for many reasons:
They are clear – The aligners are made from a clear material making them virtually undetectable.
They are comfortable – The material is strong enough to slowly move teeth to their correct position; but so comfortable because there are no metal bands or brackets to cause sore gums or cheeks.
They are removable – This is probably the most advantageous aspect of this teeth straightening method. The wearer removes the aligner for meals and snacking allowing all their favorite foods to remain on the menu.
In addition to eating all the foods they love, the aligners can be removed for the daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. There are no obstacles to make this daily task difficult. The dentist can perform a thorough cleaning and dental exam every six months throughout treatment as well.
Depending on the severity of the malocclusion, treatment can take anywhere from six months to a couple of years … very similar to the traditional orthodontics. The aligners must be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to keep the program on track. Periodic visits to the dentist are required (not a substitute for the six month cleaning appointment) to make sure progress remains on schedule.
To learn more about Invisalign, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 and schedule your informative consultation today.