Although Invisalign clear aligners are a very convenient and nearly undetectable orthodontic treatment option, they aren’t right for everyone, and children are typically better off with more traditional orthodontic treatment options.
Parents sometimes ask us why we don't prescribe Invisalign clear alingers for children. Some of these parents are worried that the braces will make their children feel self conscious, and other think their kids may struggle to maintain the proper level or oral hygiene with metal braces.
There are a few very important reasons that Invisalign isn't really a good choice for young children.
Maturity is the main reason that we don’t prescribe Invisalign to children. The fact is that children just aren't ask likely to be responsible with these removable aligners.
Making sure Invisalign treatment is successful requires a great deal of personal responsibility on the part of the patient, and most young children just aren't there yet. They’re more likely to remove their aligners when they shouldn’t, for instance if they feel uncomfortable or sore, or simply forget to put them back in after a meal.
This is a problem for a couple of reasons. The most important one is that inconsistent wear can severely impede their treatment progress, and even damage their teeth.
Invisalign aligners are removable, but this doesn’t mean that the treatment process is less carefully calibrated and scheduled for the best results. They're meant to be worn full time, and should only be removed to eat, or brush and floss teeth. If they are removed more frequently or for longer periods of time, it can slow down or even reverse the progress being made.
Children may also lose or damage their aligners during play. Lost or damaged aligners will result in the progress of treatment going off track, too.