Invisalign® for Teens and Kids in Florida

Invisalign® clear aligners are a great alternative to braces for many patients. At Busciglio Smiles, we specialize in Invisalign® clear aligners for children and teens in and around Brandon, Florida.

Top 1% Diamond+ Invisalign® Provider

Our ABO certified orthodontist, Dr. Derek Busciglio, is an expert in Invisalign® clear aligners, including treating children and teens. He has lectured around the country on best practices with Invisalign® clear aligners. He is also a Top 1% Diamond+ Invisalign® Provider, the highest ranking available to Invisalign® providers. A Diamond+ Invisalign® Provider has demonstrated a high level of experience in delivering quality Invisalign® treatments to hundreds of patients.

What Are Invisalign® Clear Aligners?

Invisalign® clear aligners are an alternative to traditional metal braces or other types of braces such as self-ligating braces. Invisalign® clear aligners are actually a set of removable plastic trays that are molded to the mouth and designed to gently move the teeth into place. The trays are typically replaced every two weeks or so as treatment progresses.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Metal Braces

With conventional braces, a bracket is used (traditionally metal, but sometimes ceramic) and is adhered to the front of each tooth. The brackets are semi-permanent in that they cannot be removed throughout the duration of the treatment and must be taken off by the orthodontist at the end of the treatment. These brackets are connected together via wires that gently pull the teeth into the correct position.

The problem with conventional braces, especially those made with metal, is that they are very conspicuous. In the past, this has led to children and teens sometimes being bullied and called names such as “metal mouth.” Fortunately, bullying over braces is not common like it used to be, and in fact, traditional metal braces have become even trendy and popular in recent years. This is because kids can now customize their braces with different color rubber bands, which makes braces more fun instead of a chore.

That said, many kids (especially older kids) and teens still prefer a less visible look, and Invisalign® clear aligners may be a great choice for them.

Benefits of Invisalign® Clear Aligners for Kids and Teens

Invisalign® clear aligners have many benefits. They are a great solution for teens because they are virtually invisible. They also make a great early treatment for younger kids because they are comfortable and easy to clean and maintain.

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners is that they don’t have parts like wires and rubber bands that can get dislodged which means that you won’t have issues or orthodontic emergencies like you sometimes see with traditional braces.

What Can Invisalign® Clear Aligners Treat in Children and Teenagers?

Invisalign® clear aligners can treat many orthodontic issues in kids and teens, including:

  • Crossbite – when a group of upper teeth wrongly sit inside of the lower teeth.
  • Overbite – when the front top teeth hang too far over the bottom teeth.
  • Protrusions – when the top teeth jut too far out over the bottom teeth.
  • Crowding – when teeth are too close together, which can cause problems later on.
  • Construction of dental arches – ensuring that each row of teeth is shaped properly.

What Age Child Can Use Invisalign® Clear Aligners?

Children as young as seven can use Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign® clear aligners are safe and easy to maintain. The main problem with children and teenagers using Invisalign® clear aligners is compliance. For some children, it may be better to opt for traditional metal or ceramic braces, which cannot be removed or lost and don’t require compliance monitoring.

The danger is that the child won’t leave the clear aligners in their mouth all the time but remove them too frequently. This is why Invisalign® clear aligners are sometimes better for more mature or compliant children (regardless of age). Fortunately, Invisalign® has a solution to this, which is a marker placed on the aligner in the back so parents can monitor whether the device is being worn consistently.

We will discuss the pros and cons of choosing Invisalign® with you when you visit us with your child.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners for Kids and Teens in Brandon, Florida

Invisalign® clear aligners can be a great option for kids and teens who need their teeth straightened but don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces. Invisalign® clear aligners are transparent and blend in more with teeth. They are much easier to clean and maintain than conventional brace, whether ceramic or metal. Invisalign® clear aligners also don’t have issues with inconvenient dental emergencies such as a wire getting loose like braces can sometimes. In short, Invisalign® clear aligners may be the right choice for your child. Contact us for a complimentary consultation!

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners is that they don’t have parts like wires and rubber bands that can get dislodged which means that you won’t have issues or orthodontic emergencies like you sometimes see with traditional braces.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Very nice. Dr Busciglio was very personable and professional with an excellent bedside manner. The Brandon location was very clean and well-equipped with super nice staffing. They were able to accommodate us coming from out of town. Thank you so much! Highly recommended!”
Terry M.

At Busciglio Smiles, we can help your child or teenager with Invisalign® clear aligners in Brandon, Florida.

For more information and a free consultation, contact us today.

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