Children’s orthodontics – Invisalign First

27 Ιούλίου 2022

Children’s orthodontics – Invisalign First

Orthodontics for children – Invisalign First
Orthodontic treatment in children

The most frequent question that new parents ask us is at what age should their children be examined by an orthodontist for the first time?The recommended age for the first preventive orthodontic check-up is between 6 and 8 years.

Why so early;

Because, at that point, any skeletal abnormalities, such as a narrow upper jaw, maxillary prognathism, can be diagnosed and treated in a simple and painless way.

Preventive orthodontic treatment as it is called in this phase contributes to the following:

  • It influences and guides the correct development of the jaws
  • Reduces the risk of injury to protruding teeth
  • Corrects harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking
  • It improves the child’s appearance and self-confidence
  • It guides the permanent teeth to erupt properly

What are the indications for a preventive orthodontic treatment?

It is not always easy for a parent to tell if their child has a problem. Even straight teeth may hide some occlusal disorder. Some signs, however, can indicate the need for orthodontic treatment:

  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Finger sucking
  • Crowded teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Prognathism or retrognathism
  • Premature loss of baby teeth
  • Injury to the gums or palate

This phase lasts 12 to 16 months and mobile orthodontic appliances are usually used.

This is followed by a period of rest and monitoring until all the permanent teeth erupt and if a 2nd phase of treatment is needed later, it will be easier, faster and less expensive.

The benefits of the first phase of treatment are many as it helps the jaws grow properly and reduces or eliminates future orthodontic problems.

Invisalign first With the development of technology, preventive orthodontic treatment can now also be carried out with digitally designed invisible braces (Invisalign first). Thus, the treatment for our small patients can become invisible, painless, shorter, while we can straighten the first permanent teeth and avoid future treatment.

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