While there is no set rule on when to begin orthodontic treatment, most children get braces between ages 10-14. Our office often sees even younger patients, whose dentists have recommended an orthodontic evaluation. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that the American Association of Orthodontists advises parents to have their children evaluated by age 7, as issues like a crooked bite or overcrowding start to become apparent. According to our Scottsdale orthodontist, however, this does not mean your child will need treatment right away.
Successful Invisalign treatment versus traditional braces will depend on your child’s personality or level of maturity. The clear aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours per day and are only removed for activities like eating or playing an instrument. Unless your child continuously forgets to put the aligners back in, Invisalign is usually a great option for children of all ages.
Patients of all ages love the benefits of straightening their teeth with the patented Invisalign system. The clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. You can brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene, and there are no metal wires or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
If you want to oversee the Invisalign process, or simply remind your child about wearing the aligners, you will appreciate Invisalign Teen’s helpful blue-dot indicator on each aligner. When your child wears the aligners as prescribed by our Scottsdale orthodontist, the blue dot will fade to clear to let you know when it’s time for the next set of aligners. With your busy schedule surrounding work, school, and extracurricular activities, your child’s orthodontia is one less thing to worry about!
If you are wondering what type of orthodontic treatment will work best for your child, we invite you to make a complimentary appointment with our orthodontic team. Surprise Orthodontics strives to provide high quality orthodontic treatment in a relaxed, friendly environment. Our team thinks it is very important to always take the time to complete a thorough evaluation of any concerns you have about the growth and development of your child’s teeth, as well as review all your options before starting any treatment plan.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Surprise Orthodontics, with a convenient orthodontist office in Scottsdale, AZ, by clicking here or by calling 480.725.8209.