If you’re looking at braces options for your child, is Invisalign for kids or just adults? And what are the pros and cons of braces vs. Invisalign? Here’s what you should know about the different orthodontic options available for your child.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is newer than braces, but it’s still been around for quite a long time. While braces move your teeth using metal wires and brackets attached to your child’s teeth with dental glue, Invisalign aligners are conveniently removable.

Invisalign aligners’ unique removability is great for snapping pictures without the interference of orthodontic appliances. It can make it much easier for your child to brush and floss their teeth to keep them clean and healthy while undergoing orthodontic treatment. It also means that your child won’t have to worry about extensive dietary restrictions to protect their braces.

But one of the most popular features of Invisalign is that they are made of clear plastic, making them nearly invisible (as the name suggests) and much more comfortable than traditional braces since there are no rough edges or wires that can become loose and poke them.

What Ages Should Use Invisalign?

Now that you’ve heard about all the advantages of Invisalign, you’re probably wondering, “But is Invisalign for kids my child’s age?” Invisalign can be a great option for various ages, but readiness depends on your child’s individual understanding of the responsibility required to succeed with Invisalign.

It’s important for your child to wear Invisalign aligners for a certain number of hours each day; the negligence to wear them for the recommended hours can have a big impact on how long treatment takes. It’s also important that your child is at an age where they can be relied on to not lose their Invisalign aligner when they remove it for lunch at school or while out having fun snapping pictures with friends.

Talking with Your Orthodontist

If you think your child might be a good candidate for Invisalign or have more questions like, “Is Invisalign for kids?” don’t hesitate to call your child’s orthodontist and ask! They can schedule a consultation to assess your child’s readiness for Invisalign and help you weigh all the orthodontic treatment options available for your child. That way, you can find the best fit for your child’s unique needs and maturity.

Call our Roswell, Artesia or Ruidoso dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.