Invisalign For 12-Year-Olds

Early intervention for dental issues in 12-year-olds can be cost-effective and lead to improvement. Waiting until adult teeth have fully grown is not necessary. Northern Virginia Orthodontics uses Invisalign For Kids aligners explicitly designed for growing teeth and jaws. 


Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear, custom-fit aligners that can be removed to straighten teeth. Patients are typically instructed to wear the aligners for around 22 hours daily, only taking them out to eat and brush their teeth.


Invisalign is usually suggested for pre-teens at least 12 years old with a complete set of adult teeth, as it requires muscle control to wear the aligners correctly and prevent loss or damage. Younger pre-teens may not have the adequate muscle control to use Invisalign properly.


Invisalign can be an effective treatment option for pre-teens with mild to moderate teeth misalignments like overbite, underbite, or crooked teeth. The treatment typically takes about 12 to 18 months to complete.

Invisalign For 12-Year-Olds

Can Invisalign For Kids be used for 12-year-olds? 


Is Invisalign For Kids The Best Option For My Child?



Invisalign For Kids is a modern orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear plastic aligners to improve your child’s smile. Even pre-teens can start the treatment even if they haven’t lost all their primary teeth yet.


Parents may be skeptical because Invisalign For Kids aligner trays can be removed. 12-year-olds are often coming into a new level of maturity and responsibility. Invisalign For Kids and NVO have a few tips to address your concerns.  


Wear Indicators — Invisalign For Kids make it simple for parents to keep track of their child’s treatment progress even when they are not present. Each clear aligner is fitted with a wear indicator, which will show signs of wear if the aligner is worn for the recommended amount of time. Additionally, the aligners are almost invisible, making it comfortable for pre-teens to wear them without feeling self-conscious. 


No Diet Restrictions — Invisalign For Kids is a great solution for 12-year-olds as it allows them to eat their favorite foods without worrying about the impact on their orthodontic treatment. Unlike traditional braces, which can be damaged by sticky, hard, or crunchy foods, Invisalign trays can be removed while eating and brushing teeth. This eliminates the risk of damage or the need for extra orthodontic visits. Additionally, Invisalign trays are also easier to clean than traditional braces.

How Invisalign For 12-Year-Olds Works

Invisalign For Kids is tailored to the unique needs of growing jaws, ensuring that the treatment plan is effective and efficient. The orthodontist will consider the growth of your child’s teeth while creating the plan, ensuring that the existing teeth are moved to the correct position while allowing new teeth to grow correctly.

Issues That Invisalign For 12-Year-Olds Fixes

Some dental issues that Invisalign For Kids can address in pre-teens include: 


  • Arch Development
  • Palate Expansion
  • Overcrowding
  • Thumb Sucking / Tongue Thrusting


Invisalign For Kids aligners are primarily designed to aid in developing teeth rather than just straightening them. This means that the treatment has a lower chance of requiring additional straightening. 

Why Consider Invisalign For 12-Year-Olds

Better Oral Hygiene 

Invisalign For Kids is a trusted, innovative treatment that nearly eliminates the need for traditional metal braces and headgear. Trays are removable making oral hygiene easy without needing special tools. Pre-teens can continue developing their brushing routine as they usually would without assistance. 

Fewer Orthodontist Visits

Invisalign treatment for pre-teens offers less frequent orthodontic visits than traditional braces. Traditional braces require adjustments every 4-8 weeks, while Invisalign aligners typically need to be checked every 6-8 weeks. This means fewer trips to the orthodontist for your pre-teen.

Starting Invisalign For Kids Treatment

Northern Virginia Orthodontics makes starting Invisalign For Kids treatment easy with state-of-the-art imaging, financing options, and a straightforward treatment plan for your pre-teen. 


Contact us today to book your 12-year-old’s free Invisalign For Kids consultation.