How Young Can Kids Start Invisalign?

How Young Can Kids Start Invisalign?

Your child’s teeth play a significant role in their health. Just like adults, kids need daily teeth-brushing and flossing starting around age two, as well as routine dental exams. While many people associate tooth straightening with teenage years, children can benefit from better alignment, too. For optimal candidates, Invisalign can help set a child up for more positive dental health and a straighter smile.

Our experienced team of dentists at Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, provides Invisalign treatment for common issues, such as overbites and underbites. Take a few minutes to learn more about Invisalign for kids, including whether it might be a helpful option for your child.

Why straight teeth matter

Improving poor alignment is more than a cosmetic issue. Straighter teeth are less likely to trap harmful bacteria and easier to keep clean. As a result, your child will be less likely to develop cavities or require treatments, such as fillings, that they may find uncomfortable. 

Teeth that stick out are also more prone to injuries, such as chips and cracks, which can further increase your child’s susceptibility to decay, sensitivity to heat and cold, and pain. And a poor bite can lead to painful TMJ disorders and headaches, as well as difficulty chewing and talking well. 

How Invisalign First works

If your child is between ages 6 and 10 and has early signs of alignment issues, they may be a prime candidate for Invisalign First, an Invisalign treatment designed for kids.

This Phase 1 treatment aims to develop arches with room for both existing and forthcoming permanent teeth. 

The treatment can:

When treatment starts, your child will receive a series of customized, clear aligners that they’ll switch out every week or so. Each aligner shifts their teeth into a slightly better position. Your child will remove the aligners for brushing, flossing, and eating. And because the trays are clear, your child will be able to smile more confidently than they might with braces. In general, the process takes 6-9 months.

To learn more about Invisalign for kids or to get the care your child needs, call our dental team at Swinney Dental today. You can also schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking feature. 

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