Clear aligners offer an intelligent solution for correcting misaligned or crowded teeth, free from the limitations of other orthodontic options. From the very first day of wearing each transparent aligner tray, pediatric patients can confidently smile without hesitation. Unlike traditional metal braces, this innovative treatment efficiently and swiftly brings teeth into their correct alignment, without causing self-confidence concerns. The numerous health and convenience benefits make clear aligners an excellent choice for eligible patients seeking a straighter smile.
In order to determine their eligibility for clear aligners, pediatric patients are required to attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Nia. During this comprehensive examination, Dr. Nia will carefully evaluate the patient’s smile to assess whether they are a suitable candidate for this teeth straightening system.
Clear aligners are most effective for addressing minor to moderate spacing and bite issues. Dr. Nia will assess the patient’s entire smile to determine their eligibility. While clear aligners can resolve problems such as crowding, tipping, gaps, and rotation, the severity of the bite and alignment issues will influence the overall duration of the treatment and the number of aligners required to correct these specific problems.
By conducting a thorough assessment, Dr. Nia can determine if clear aligners are an appropriate option for the pediatric patient, taking into account the individual’s unique dental situation.
The clear aligner system employs custom-designed trays that are specifically crafted to guide the teeth into their proper positions. To create these aligners, Dr. Nia, a skilled professional, will take impressions of the patient’s teeth in order to accurately map out the treatment area. These impressions will then be sent to a dental lab where the aligners will be meticulously constructed using specialized materials.
Once the aligners are received from the lab, Dr. Nia will fit the pediatric dental patient with the first tray and carefully assess its fit. When the tray is securely snapped in place, the patient should only experience a gentle pressure sensation. This indicates that the aligner is effectively and comfortably working to align the teeth.
During the treatment process with clear aligner trays, pediatric patients typically wear each tray for a period of three weeks before advancing to the next phase. The gradual and comfortable movement of the teeth provided by the trays makes them more comfortable compared to traditional metal braces, which can have wires that may cause discomfort or irritation to sensitive oral tissues.
It is necessary to remove the trays while eating and when performing oral care routines in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Promptly reinserting the tray after these activities helps maintain the treatment progress on schedule. To achieve the desired effect, the trays should be worn for approximately 22 hours per day.
Patients will need to visit the office for checkups approximately once a month, or as determined by Dr. Nia, throughout the treatment process. During these appointments, Dr. Nia will assess the progress of the treatment and ensure the current tray fits properly. The clear aligner appointments are generally shorter compared to checkups for metal braces, as there is no need for manual adjustments or repairs.
Upon completing the treatment process, most pediatric patients will need to wear a retainer, typically during nighttime, to maintain the results and protect their smile. Fortunately, the final clear aligner tray can often serve as the retainer, reducing fitment issues commonly associated with traditional retainer solutions.
If you are prepared to explore the possibility of clear aligner treatments to fully restore your child’s smile, we encourage you to reach out to schedule an appointment at Nia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. You can contact us by calling (770) 479-9999 , and our team will be pleased to assist you in securing a convenient appointment. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form, and we will promptly respond to your inquiry. We look forward to meeting you and discussing the best treatment options for your child’s dental needs.