invisalign kids valley ridge dental lake elmo

Many children get braces to help straighten their teeth, correct overbites or underbites, and help fill in the gap if a tooth is missing. Childhood is the ideal time to get braces and correct teeth problems as the jaw is still growing.

Valley Ridge Dental offers Invisalign for children, a way to straighten teeth and correct developmental problems in the mouth and jaw. Invisalign uses a series of aligners that progressively move teeth into place. Below, we’ll examine Invisalign as an option for straighter teeth for children and teens. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

Can Children Have Invisalign?

This is a question that we here at Valley Ridge Dental get all of the time. The answer is yes, children can get Invisalign. Depending on your child’s growth trajectory for their jaw, children as young as seven can get Invisalign treatment that helps with arch expansion.

Should My Child Get Invisalign or Metal Braces?

This is the million-dollar question the dentists at Valley Ridge Dental are asked quite frequently. The answer is it depends. All children are different, and all children’s mouths are different. For example, some children’s mouths will self-correct alignment and gaps as they age; some won’t. Thus, in order to decide if Invisalign is right for your child, we recommend a consultation with one of our dentists to evaluate your child. There are certain criteria that we look for when we do an evaluation:

  • Age. For Invisalign to work, you need to wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day. If your child will be one to take them out and not wear them, especially when you’re not around, then Invisalign is not a good option. Invisalign aligner trays have blue indicators on them that fade the more your child wears the aligners, which helps you and your dentist know if your child is wearing them or not.
  • Teeth Positioning. While Invisalign can be worn by younger children, this is mainly to correct specific problems, such as arch expansion. Invisalign is more for older children who have the majority of their adult teeth in place. Plus, Invisalign is perfect for teens who may feel self-conscious about wearing braces. Invisalign is also more comfortable for most kids and can be less painful than traditional braces. Many children do like the fact that they can remove their Invisalign aligners for things such as school pictures. Sometimes it is the little things that matter most.


Invisalign can be a great option to straighten your child’s teeth. Using a progressive treatment option, your child can have the benefit of straight teeth with less hassle. Fewer orthodontic appointments are needed, resulting in less school missed. Your child is not restricted on what they can eat, and regular dental care is easy. Invisalign makes sense for a lot of children who need their teeth straightened or their jaw realigned. If you’re interested in Invisalign for your child, call Valley Ridge Dental in Lake Elmo today!