As parents, we naturally want the very best for our children, which includes good oral health.
There have been several studies that suggest a correlation between a child’s low self-esteem and poor oral health; in fact, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, malocclusion (misaligned teeth) is a major contributor to insecurity in children, especially those between the ages of 11 to 14.
One of the best ways to circumvent dental problems, which includes issues concerning alignment and overall dental health, is to schedule regular dental visits for your child.
If your child is very young, pediatric dentistry may be in order; if you’re unfamiliar with this specialized form of dentistry, it is oral care specifically aimed at infants, toddlers, and preadolescence.
Pediatric dentistry is no different than traditional dentistry; however, these practitioners are also well versed in child-related pharmacology, child psychology, clinical management, and other aspects related to treating children.
If during the course of your dental visit, a dental practitioner notices that your child’s teeth are misaligned, or if they appear to be gapped, or notice an overbite, your practitioner may recommend corrective action, usually in the form of Invisalign or traditional wire braces.
Of course, your pediatric dentist will have to assess your child’s mouth and determine whether or not Invisalign is viable treatment option. If it is, your practitioner will advise you of what the treatment entails, and how long it will take to see results.
Invisalign for kids is really no different than Invisalign for adults; they are systems of aligners that are molded to fit the unique shape of your child’s mouth and are made from a clear thermoplastic material.
Additionally, since they don’t have wires and brackets like traditional braces, they are much easier to keep clean. By using these aligners, your child’s teeth will gradually shift into an optimal location, as prescribed by your dentist.
Obviously, this is a lot of information to take in, and you will naturally have questions. It is recommended that you speak with your child’s dentist to see if Invisalign for kids is a viable option, based on the condition of your child’s teeth.
If you currently do not have a family dentist, please schedule an appointment today.