Orthodontic treatment is a great way to help your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Aligners are one of the most popular options for teeth straightening in children and teens, but getting the best results takes more than just popping them in and hoping for the best.
Here are five essential keys to success when using aligner treatment for your child. With proper care, you can help your little ones get a shining, healthy smile in the blink of an eye!
Stick to the treatment plan
It’s vital that your child follow the instructions given by Dr. Daniel and Dr. Jones and wear their aligners for the prescribed amount of time each day. The treatment plan ensures the best possible results; if it’s not followed, those results may not be achievable. The plan can be adjusted, so it’s crucial to stay in contact with your orthodontist throughout the process.
Start with a thorough examination
Before starting any orthodontic treatment, it’s essential to have a comprehensive evaluation. This evaluation includes thoroughly examining your child’s teeth and jaw and detailed records such as photos and x-rays. This information will be used to create a personalized treatment plan that considers your child’s unique needs and goals. Trust us; you don’t want to skip this step – it’s the foundation of a successful treatment journey.
Invest in quality aligners
With aligners, you get what you pay for. Cheap, generic aligners may seem like a good deal, but they’re often made of lower-quality materials. They may not provide the same level of results as professionally made aligners. It’s worth investing in high-quality aligners specifically designed for teeth straightening. Our team can assist with the best options for your child.
Follow instructions carefully
To get the best results from aligners; it’s essential to follow the instructions for wearing, cleaning, and caring for them carefully. Take the aligners out only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Not following these instructions can lead to problems with alignment and tooth wear down the line. For example, if the aligners are left in a while drinking soda or eating sticky foods, they can become misshapen and unable to do their job correctly.
Wear them as often as possible
The only way to achieve results from aligners is by keeping them in your child’s mouth most of the time. Encourage your child to wear them for 22 hours a day, if possible. It may take some getting used to at first, but the more they wear them, the faster they’ll see progress. Without leaving them in for the desired time, the teeth won’t move as they should. Treatment could also take longer if they are not worn as often as recommended.
Follow up with your orthodontist
Regular progress checks and adjustments are essential to aligner treatment. Dr. Daniel and Dr. Jones will monitor the progress of your child’s treatment and make any necessary adjustments as needed to ensure that they’re on track to achieving a healthy smile. Sometimes, the plan can change after a follow-up appointment, and new aligners may be needed. Attending these appointments is crucial as they will help ensure your child’s teeth stay on track throughout the process.
With these five essential keys in mind, you can help your child get the best results from their aligner treatment. With proper care and attention, you’ll have nothing to worry about, and your child’s teeth will look amazing before you know it.
Create Lasting Confidence with Orthodontic Care
For orthodontic care you can trust, contact Daniel and Jones Orthodontics today. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible outcomes. Call for a free consultation or if you have any questions.
We can’t wait to help your child achieve the perfect smile.