Is Your Teen Old Enough To Begin Invisalign Treatment?

As children grow up, their oral structures develop in important ways. One significant change that occurs early is the gradual arrival and loss of primary (baby) teeth, followed by the arrival of secondary, or adult, teeth. One issue that can become a point of concern for growing kids is malocclusion. When teeth arrive, they may not come in straight, which can lead to visible smile problems. Unfortunately, this can also lead to oral health issues, as malocclusion can affect a person’s bite function and ability to prevent dental problems. If your teen is affected by problems with poorly aligned teeth, what treatment options are available to them? Many can be approved for treatment with Invisalign. At our Rochester, MN dentist’s office, we have experience working with adults and teens ready to fix problems with smile gaps and overlaps through treatment with these clear aligners!

Many Young People Are Affected By Malocclusion

People with tooth alignment issues can show signs of this problem at an early age. As your child’s adults teeth arrive, some may erupt at odd angles and overlap, or they may leave a gap because they are too far apart from their neighbors. While this can be a frustrating problem, it is something that can be dealt with. At the appropriate age, your dentist can recommend starting orthodontic treatment. Invisalign aligners provide teens with an opportunity to discreetly fix malocclusion. Invisalign aligners make the process of straightening teeth easier by making it less conspicuous, and by using appliances that are easy to remove.

Beginning Invisalign Treatment

Before Invisalign treatment begins, your dentist will closely examine your teen’s smile and oral structures. This examination includes the gathering of digital measurements with our iTero digital scanner. Once this scan is complete, we can actually show a “preview” of how teeth will look after they have been straightened. Once your teenager’s custom aligners are produced, they will be supplied, and they will receive guidance on progressing from one appliance to the next. Because we use a series of aligners instead of one manually adjusted appliance, there will be less need for appointments before corrective work is completed.

Orthodontic Work Can Help With More Than Just Smile Flaws

While it can be exciting to know that your child’s smile will be improved after Invisalign treatment, this work delivers oral health improvements as well as cosmetic ones. By straightening a patient’s smile, we can improve their bite function and lower their risk for TMJ problems. We can also fix concerns with overlapping teeth that are difficult to fully clean. Doing this can make them less likely to have issues with cavities and gum disease over time.

Talk To Your Rochester, MN Dentist About Starting Your Teen’s Invisalign Treatment

Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry is ready to take care of your teenager’s issues with malocclusion! To learn how we can provide orthodontic improvements with Invisalign, contact your Rochester, MN dentist’s office by calling (507) 281-3659.