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As parents, ensuring our children's well-being is always a top priority. And when it comes to their dental health, orthodontic care plays a vital role in ensuring their teeth and jaws develop properly.

Invisalign can do much more than straighten your child's teeth

Many children can benefit from orthodontic treatment as early as age 7, specifically for the improvement of severe malocclusions. The most common appliance for the correction of crowding and overbites has been the fixed palatal hyrax expander, but it is a difficult appliance that can affect speech, eating and comfort. Invisalign is a removable system that is equally effective for certain situations, including complex correction such as this case.

Why is early orthodontic care important for kids?

Early orthodontic care is crucial for children's oral health. This type of care focuses on identifying and correcting bite and alignment issues in children as young as seven years old. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their initial orthodontic evaluation at this age.

At this time, an orthodontist can evaluate the tooth relationships from front to back and side to side. With this analysis, the orthodontist can predict how your child's bite will develop. This also enhances the chances of achieving a fantastic smile.

What are some common problems?

Underbite: Underbite occurs when a person’s bottom front teeth are longer than their upper front teeth. The good news is that a reasonably early intervention will eliminate the requirement for surgical treatment.

Overbite: When the upper teeth protrude forward over the lower teeth, this is classified as an overbite. This issue is quite common and affects approximately 70% of all kids.

Crossbite: A crossbite is another type of "bad bite" that occurs when some of the upper teeth sit behind the lower teeth. Early orthodontic intervention can prevent potential facial imbalances.

Crowding: Crowding can be a common issue in young children, especially when baby teeth are being lost and adult teeth are coming in. Regardless, early intervention can help prevent more serious problems later.

What are some common problems?

Underbite: Underbite occurs when a person’s bottom front teeth are longer than their upper front teeth. The good news is that a reasonably early intervention will eliminate the requirement for surgical treatment.


Overbite: When the upper teeth protrude forward over the lower teeth, this is classified as an overbite. This issue is quite common and affects approximately 70% of all kids.


Crossbite: A crossbite is another type of "bad bite" that occurs when some of the upper teeth sit behind the lower teeth. Early orthodontic intervention can prevent potential facial imbalances.


Crowding: Crowding can be a common issue in young children, especially when baby teeth are being lost and adult teeth are coming in. Regardless, early intervention can help prevent more serious problems later.

What are some solutions?

Orthodontic problems are common in children, but there are various solutions depending on the specific issue. To adjust an underbite, functional appliances or the same treatment options used for an overbite (braces or Invisalign) can be used to position the jaw correctly. Braces, expanders, or retainers can also be used to treat crossbites. For crowding, an orthodontist may suggest creating more space in the mouth by removing teeth or using expanders.

However, it's important to consult with an orthodontist to determine the best treatment plan for your child's specific orthodontic needs.

Have a question?

Should I go for braces or Invisalign for my kids?

The decision between braces and Invisalign for your child's orthodontic treatment ultimately depends on their specific needs and preferences.

Braces are the traditional choice and are typically more effective for more complex orthodontic issues, such as severe overcrowding or overbites. They consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to the teeth and connected with wires that are gradually tightened to move the teeth into the correct position.

Invisalign, on the other hand, uses clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for each patient. Invisalign may be a good option for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and they are often more comfortable and less noticeable than braces.

FAQ's

The cost will vary from patient to patient since it depends on the situation and the treatment time. While Invisalign is similar and in some cases even less expensive than braces , it’s typically quicker in terms of treatment time than braces.

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth, and Invisalign Teen is a version of the treatment designed specifically for teenagers. When it comes to safety, Invisalign Teen is generally considered to be safe and effective for most teenagers.

Invisalign Teen is an effective orthodontic treatment option for mild to moderate teeth straightening in teenagers. It uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position.

The treatment time can vary greatly depending on the patient and the severity of the orthodontic situation. However, the treatment time will generally last from six to 18 months, shorter than the typical treatment with traditional braces.

Since you remove your aligners before you eat, there are absolutely no restrictions on what you can eat. Just make sure to clean your aligners before putting them back in though.

While it depends on the patient’s orthodontic situation, you’ll likely need to come in to see an orthodontist every eight weeks. It will ensure that your treatment is progressing just as planned.

In general, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen may be covered by dental insurance, but it depends on the specifics of the insurance plan. Some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost of treatment, while others may not cover it at all.