How Old Does My Child Need to Be for Invisalign or Braces?

For parents seeking a clear alternative option to braces, there is Invisalign: a clear, virtually invisible option that is often preferred by younger individuals. Braces are another option for children and teens who want straight, healthy teeth. However, many parents wonder how early is too early for braces or Invisalign, and when is the most appropriate time to start treatment with one of these dental health choices.

The Best Age for Braces

Children can get braces as early as 7 years of age. However, it is usually best for the parent and the child to discuss their needs with an orthodontist, and for the doctor to be able to give her opinion of when the child will best be able to care for his/her braces. Ideally, the best time for a child to get braces is between the ages of 10 and 14, but having an orthodontic exam as early as age 7 allows the orthodontist to identify developing problems that may require early treatment.

Age for Invisalign

Every child is different when it comes to the right age for them to get Invisalign. The best course of action is to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, and as soon as possible. As with most things, early treatment is always best.
Except for one more thing…

A Note About Personal Responsibility

Invisalign requires care and attention, not just from the doctor and the parent; but also from the child. Many orthodontists in Los Angeles, CA will not recommend Invisalign to parents whose children are not mature enough to handle them. Invisalign must be worn for around 22 hours a day. The clear aligners must also be removed when the individual eats or brushes his/her teeth. As a result, many children who are not mature enough for this option could wind up losing their aligners. For a mature child, Invisalign is normally a good choice between the ages of 12 and 14, and sometimes younger.

What Is the Right Age?

Each child must be considered on a case-by-case basis when it comes to whether or not he or she is old enough for braces or Invisalign. Kids who need braces often desire the invisible option, but what if they were to lose the aligner or not use it often enough? You don’t want to have to monitor your child all the time when it comes to their dental work, so here is what you must ask yourself.

  • Has my child lost all their baby teeth?
  • Have my child’s incisors and molars come in?
  • Can my child handle taking care of their aligner or their braces without reminding?

If you answered yes to these questions, your child may be ready for braces or Invisalign.

Call Now to Learn More

Damon braces are a popular choice among children, teens, and adults, as is Invisalign. Call us now at 310-444-1113 to learn more about these options and to set up an appointment for your child today. 

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