Young teen with black rimmed glasses smiles while holding her Invisalign clear aligners

Is My Child Responsible Enough for Invisalign?

May 25, 2023 12:47 am

As a parent, you want your child to have a healthy smile that makes them feel happy and confident. Their smile may benefit from orthodontic treatment. While you’ve likely heard that Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional metal braces, you might be wondering if your child is ready to handle the responsibility that comes along with wearing clear aligners. Here are some questions to ask yourself when researching the best orthodontic option for your child.

Will My Child Wear Invisalign Properly?

Invisalign only works if the patient commits to wearing them as directed. Even though the aligner trays are removable, they are only meant to come off during meals or when brushing and flossing your teeth. If you think your child might find it challenging to keep their Invisalign trays on for 20–22 hours a day, they would likely benefit from traditional metal braces instead because they cannot be removed throughout the day.

Is My Child Careful With Their Belongings?

Because Invisalign can be removed, it’s all too easy for the aligners to be misplaced. If your child is forgetful or consistently loses their things, Invisalign may not be the best option. You don’t want your child’s Invisalign trays to wind up in the cafeteria trash can or chronically left at a friend’s house!

Does My Child Practice Good Oral Hygiene?

Does your kiddo already understand the importance of good oral hygiene? Do they brush and floss every day without having to be reminded? If so, they are probably more likely to take care of their Invisalign aligners and wear them properly.

Invisalign in Littleton, CO

While you know your child better than anyone, our team at Summit Family Orthodontics is happy to discuss available options and help you determine what will work best for your family members. We offer a variety of orthodontic services that can be personalized to fit a patient’s needs, lifestyle, and budget. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation!

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