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When Can Children Get Invisalign?

  • January 29, 2015

InvisalignBetween school, sports and hanging out with friends, the last thing a child would want is to be doing all of those things with metal braces. The good news is that they no longer have to. Invisalign, the invisible alternative to metal braces, will give your child the teeth-straightening treatment they need without the discomfort of traditional braces.

How Invisalign Works

photo 1Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without the use of metal braces. It is made from a series of clear, custom-made aligners that are designed to gently shift your child’s teeth into place. Invisalign has many advantages that will benefit your child’s everyday life while straightening their teeth during the process. These advantages include:

  • Allowing your child to eat whatever foods they enjoy
  • Allowing your child to brush and floss their teeth normally for better dental hygiene
  • Does not affect your child’s performance in extracurricular activities
  • Smooth plastic is less likely to irritate your child’s gums and cheeks
  • Straighten your child’s teeth without being noticeable

What Age Is It Appropriate for Children to Get Invisalign?

There is no specific age that determines when it is appropriate for children to get Invisalign. Your dentist will be able to determine whether or not your child is eligible for Invisalign based on looking at your child’s teeth. If your child’s teeth have grown in fully without any pending dental treatment or tooth decay, then your child will most likely qualify for Invisalign. This could happen as early as 12 years old.

Determining If Invisalign Is Appropriate for Your Child

You can determine whether or not Invisalign will be successful for your child based on their age and personality. Invisalign aligners must be worn 23 hours a day and should only be removed while eating and brushing their teeth. Many dentists recommend traditional braces for younger children to prevent them from removing the aligners when they experience discomfort or forgetting to put the aligners back in after a meal. If you believe that your child will not have these issues, then the Invisalign treatment is a great option to straighten their teeth.

Get Invisalign For Your Child With Duffield Dentistry

Dr. Larry Duffield specializes in family dentistry and has years of experience working with parents to determine the right steps for their children. Schedule an appointment today to straighten your child’s teeth with Invisalign.

 

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