At What Age Can Kids Wear Invisalign?

When it comes to orthodontic treatments, it’s always best to start earlier rather than later. After all, most children begin to develop adult molars by age six, and it is recommended that children as young as seven make their first orthodontic appointment.

Eastern Virginia Orthodontics work with children, adolescents, and adults to achieve a healthy smile. Our business features locations in Norfolk and Chesapeake plus a Virginia Beach Military Orthodontist, all of which are staffed with friendly faces and professional doctors of dental surgery.


What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign liners are a popular alternative to traditional braces since they are clear and hardly visible. These liners work to straighten teeth just as traditional braces do, too, and each set of liners is usually used for two weeks before a new set is issued. Invisalign liners are usually used over a time period of about eight to 18 months to achieve the best results in teens and adults.

Another great benefit that these liners have over traditional braces is the fact that they do not affect what the wearer can and cannot eat. These liners are removable, and users are advised to remove them when eating and drinking anything other than water so long as they are worn for 20 to 22 hours each day.


Can Children Use Invisalign?

Invisalign liners can be made specifically for young children who have not yet developed their adult teeth, and these liners are classified as “Phase 1” Invisalign liners. Children ages six to 10 are recommended to wear these types of liners.


The Benefits of Invisalign for Children

While some parents may think that their children are too young to begin orthodontic treatments, the truth is that many children need to treat problems like overcrowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches as soon as possible. These common issues can be easily fixed with Phase 1 Invisalign liners, which are not only more comfortable for children to wear than some other metal-based options but can also:

Be removed easily for eating with no diet restrictions
Be removed so that children can brush and floss their own teeth easily
Prevent gum discomfort and injuries often caused by wire aligners


Kids’ Invisalign Liners at Eastern Virginia Orthodontics

Our Orthodontic locations, including our Virginia Beach Military Orthodontist, have dental surgeons qualified to fit children for their first Invisalign liners. Contact us today with questions or to make your child’s first appointment.