When Does My Child Need To First See An Orthodontist?
All children should undergo an orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Most kids have a mixture of baby and adult teeth by this age, giving Dr. Smith an excellent opportunity to examine any potential issues. While some children may need early intervention to correct minor problems, there are cases where it is best to not begin treatment right away. If this is the case, we recommend that parents bring their child in for a check-up every six months to ensure that their teeth and jaws are developing correctly. If any problems are detected, Dr. Smith can guide the best treatment course.
Is Invisalign For Kids?
Invisalign uses transparent, removable aligners to straighten teeth gradually and has become a popular option for kids and adults who wish to straighten their teeth without wearing metal braces because it is almost virtually invisible. But what about kids? Is Invisalign an option for younger patients?
The short answer is yes – Invisalign can treat some children’s orthodontic problems. However, Invisalign is not suitable for every patient. A consultation with Dr. Smith is the best method to determine if Invisalign is ideal for your child. Dr. Smith will inspect their teeth and bite during the appointment to determine whether Invisalign is the best course for your child. If Invisalign is not recommended, Dr. Smith will develop an alternative treatment plan to provide the best possible results.
If your child is a candidate for Invisalign, our team will get your child started with digital scans and a fully-customized treatment plan that same day. With careful planning and treatment, Invisalign can give your child the straight, healthy smile they deserve – without metal braces!
Benefits Of Invisalign For Kids
When most people think about orthodontics, they picture traditional metal braces. However, there has been a recent trend in orthodontic care that is much more attractive (literally and figuratively) to Invisalign. Invisalign is a set of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift teeth into place. While Invisalign has become increasingly popular with adults, it is also an excellent option for kids. Here are some of the benefits of Invisalign for kids:
- Improved Hygiene: One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign for kids is improved hygiene. Traditional braces may be challenging to maintain, which increases the risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues. Children can brush and floss normally while wearing Invisalign since there are no crevices for food to get lodged in, reducing the likelihood of developing cavities or other problems.
- Less Obtrusive: Many kids feel self-conscious about having metal braces. Invisalign’s clear aligners are much less noticeable, which can help kids feel better about their smiles.
- Fewer Office Visits: Because Invisalign doesn’t require as much adjustment as traditional braces, kids will have to come to our office less often. This can be a huge time saver for busy families!
There are many benefits of Invisalign for kids, which is why it is becoming the preferred orthodontic treatment among parents and children. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child, ask Dr. Smith about Invisalign – it might be the perfect solution for you and your family!