How Young is Too Young for Invisalign?

As a one of the members of Invisalign's Mom Advisory Board that is receiving her own treatment, I've been discussing my personal experiences on my journey to a healthier bite and smile. But recently, I've been wondering what to do about my children, ages 7 and 9... and three quarters.

They both have large gaps between their top teeth and crowding on their lower teeth. Their jaws are also still growing as they continue to lose those baby teeth. I do know that Invisalign makes room for erupting teeth; that is, teeth that are growing in. But I wondered how far along in losing baby teeth as well as physical growth they had to be before getting them into Invisalign braces.

In discussing treatment for my kids with an orthodontist, it was suggested that we keep an eye on their teeth, coming in for yearly exams, but that because of the growth that children go through at this time, getting braces of any kind would be premature. Invisalign recommends the Invisalign Teen product for kids 13 to 19 years of age.

Invisalign teen effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, and overbite, all of which are apparent in my children's beautiful smiles. They also have a special blue dot on the back of the aligners that fade as they wear them, letting me know if they are, in fact, wearing their braces. The aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, which is better for their periodontal health. And the obvious benefit is that they'll get top-of-the-line orthodontic treatment without all that metal and wiring cemented to their teeth.

When the kids are older and ready to start treatment, I know that they'll be going into Invisalign aligners.

Are Invisalign Teen braces right for your kids? Check out the Teen Self Assessment Tool.

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As a member of Invisalign's Mom Advisory Board, I received Invisalign treatment for myself. Treatment for my children will be paid for by me.

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