How Old Does My Child Have to Be to Start Invisalign?

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the professionals at Scantlebury Orthodontics near Clinton Hill, NY have the skill and experience to treat their younger patients with Invisalign clear aligners for their orthodontic treatment needs.

Opportunity

Treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is not indicated if a child has not yet lost all of their baby teeth (primary teeth), and full permanent dentition is not yet complete. A child’s full set of adult teeth (permanent teeth) typically is in position by the ages of twelve or thirteen years old. For those ages and up, treatment with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and Invisalign can be a convenient and effective method of orthodontic treatment.

Responsibility

Parents and treatment providers must always consider the maturity and ability level of a child when prescribing treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the aligner trays. That makes it easy to wear and maintain, but it is also a responsibility for the child to keep track of the tray when it is not being worn. The professionals at Scantlebury Orthodontics may be able to make replacement aligner trays, but they are expensive and the wait may delay the course of treatment.

 Treatment

Invisalign clear aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. The trays are made of a thermoplastic material and fit snugly over the wearer’s teeth. They exert a gentle pressure to gradually and progressively move the teeth into a more natural position. A child being treated by Dr. Sophia Scantlebury with Invisalign may experience less discomfort than with traditional braces. Kids can be active and social and not feel self-conscious that they are being treated for their orthodontic issues.

Support

Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics near Clinton Hill, NY are sensitive to the needs and lifestyles of all their active young patients. They understand the commitment required from a child toward their treatment, like that Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours each day to be effective. Young patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners rely on the supportive and compassionate care of Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics for the best treatment outcomes possible.

Outcomes

Results vary with each patient; typically treatment with Invisalign clear aligners provides approximately a 43% improvement compared to treatment with traditional braces, which has the potential to show a 90-95% improvement. Invisalign is not indicated in all cases of  malocclusions (e.g., crossbites). Depending on the treatment needs and goals of the patient, Invisalign is a manageable and comfortable method of orthodontic treatment for children.

A child’s life is complicated and can get more so with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and everyone at Scantlebury Orthodontics know that treatment may be a necessity for a child, but it’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility and self-confidence while correcting their smiles. Invisalign may be the right treatment for your child. For more information about Invisalign clear aligners, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and Scantlebury Orthodontics near Clinton Hill, NY, call: 718.230.5046