When Should My Child Get Evaluated for Invisalign

The ideal time for a child to be evaluated for Invisalign treatment is during their adolescent years, typically when all their permanent teeth have erupted. This usually occurs around the age of 12 or older. However, it's important to note that the suitability of Invisalign for a child depends on their specific dental needs and the recommendation of an orthodontist.

The orthodontist will assess the child's dental alignment, jaw development, and overall oral health to determine if they are a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment. In some cases, traditional braces may be more appropriate, especially if the child has more complex orthodontic issues or requires significant jaw realignment.

It's best to consult with an orthodontist who can evaluate the child's individual needs and provide guidance on the most suitable orthodontic treatment, whether it be Invisalign or another option. Early evaluation allows for timely intervention if necessary and can help guide the child towards achieving optimal dental alignment and oral health.

Common Orthodontic Problems for Children

Children can indeed experience various orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, irregular jaw growth, protruding teeth, and excessive spacing between teeth. While some of these problems may have a genetic component, there are also acquired causes that contribute to orthodontic irregularities in children. These causes include:

    1. Inadequate nutrition or dental hygiene: Poor nutrition and inadequate oral hygiene practices can impact dental development and contribute to orthodontic problems.

    2. Medical problems and birth defects: Certain medical conditions or birth defects can affect the development of teeth and jaw, leading to orthodontic irregularities.

    3. Habits like thumb or finger sucking: Prolonged thumb or finger sucking can affect the alignment of teeth and the growth of the jaws, causing malocclusions.

    4. Mouth breathing: Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can influence facial and dental development, leading to orthodontic issues.

    5. Early or delayed loss of baby teeth: Premature loss or delayed loss of baby teeth can disrupt the normal sequence of tooth eruption and potentially affect the alignment of permanent teeth.

 How Can Invisalign Help my Child?      

Invisalign can help children by effectively aligning their teeth, correcting issues like overcrowding, gaps, protrusion, and bite irregularities. It offers aesthetic benefits as the clear aligners are nearly invisible. The aligners are comfortable, removable, and allow for easier oral hygiene maintenance and eating without restrictions. Invisalign treatment requires fewer office visits compared to traditional braces, but suitability depends on each child's specific dental needs, which can be assessed by us. 

If you have any further questions about when your child should visit the orthodontist, please contact our office.

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