How Good is Invisalign for a 13 Year Old?
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Invisalign Teen good for age 13?
Yes it can be.as you can read in all the other anwers that a orthodontist needs to evaluate your childs bite and make sure the teeth are all present. Also the baby teeth need to be completely out . Dr Thomas
Invisalign for teenagers
It is good as long as the baby teeth are gone and the permanent teeth are erupted.
Invisalign has made changes for teens.
If the teeth are fully erupted, and the patient's bite meets criteria for predictable treatment with Invisalign, then it may be a good option. Two main concerns we look at with teens are:
1) Will they be compliant wearing the aligners as instructed (ie. 22 hours per day - no exceptions)? This is something to seriously consider and discuss with your child. Also consider his/her level of responsibilty in other areas of his/her life. Is the bedroom kept uncluttered? Do they do chores without being asked? If you are confident that it is a good consideration. If you are not confident, you may be dissapointed in the result and the feeling of a wasted expense that results.
2) The eruption of the the teeth, especially the second molars may not be complete at this age.
Invisalign has done a good job at making adjustments and concessions for these concerns. In short, they have customized the manufacturing process just for teen cases. So if you are comfortable with what I have discussed than feel free to visit an orthodontist about your concerns.
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Invisalign is great option for people of any age for minor tooth movement and alignment. Everyone is different and the proper method for the situation and the patient's goals should be selected. The only concern would be - is the 13 year old responsible enough to keep up with the removable trays?
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