Early Treatment With Invisalign For Kids
For most patients, the ideal time for orthodontic treatment is during adolescence. However, there are some orthodontic issues that are severe enough that if they are not treated early on, they will require invasive procedures, such as tooth extraction or jaw surgery.
These issues are not always apparent to those without proper training, so it’s important that you and your child visit one of our experienced orthodontists for a professional assessment. Let us help you determine whether your child is in need of early orthodontic treatment when you visit us at any of our South Florida locations.
When it comes to the pros and cons of early orthodontic treatment, the pros far outweigh the cons—especially when your orthodontic consultation is free! (We also accept state insurance to better accommodate your financial situation.)
What Is The Best Age For Invisalign?
It’s advised (by the American Association of Orthodontists) that children see an orthodontist right around their seventh birthday. This is the ideal time to be assessed, as the adult teeth are emerging, but there is still enough jaw growth left to be done so that the doctor can harness this growth to correct problematic conditions efficiently and effectively.
Early orthodontic treatment, also called Two-Phase orthodontic treatment, allows young patients to achieve a healthy smile with minimal discomfort. Early treatments using Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontics works to correct facial misalignments caused by the bite or the position of the teeth, and of course—to correct the teeth and the bite as well.
Two-Phase orthodontic treatment to correct facial abnormalities and misalignments is ideal at this age, while the jaw is still developing.
Is My Child A Candidate?
Parents typically ask if their child is a good candidate for Invisalign. Most children are, but there are a few factors to consider before making a decision. Invisalign is incredibly effective at addressing a wide range of dental issues, such as crooked teeth, gaps, and bite problems, but it may not be as suited for more serious orthodontic conditions. Many parents like Invisalign because it is less invasive than traditional braces and allows their child to keep their normal lifestyle – there are no food restrictions, and they don’t have to worry about brackets and wires getting in the way.
Treatment isn’t always necessary right away, and our team always puts your child’s smile’s future ahead of treatment. If your child may benefit from Invisalign in the future but does not require them now, we will keep track of their development and make more informed decisions about future treatment.
It’s important to have your child’s teeth and bite position assessed before permanent teeth have stabilized. If your child has turned seven and has yet to see an orthodontist, now is the time to do so. Schedule your free consultation with us so we can determine if your child would benefit from early orthodontic treatment.