Invisalign For 8-Year-Olds

Early intervention for dental issues in 8-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 uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are custom-made for each patient and are worn for about 22 hours daily, only removed for eating and brushing.


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


Invisalign can be an effective treatment option for children 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 8-Year-Olds

Can Invisalign For Kids be used for 8-year-olds? 


Is Invisalign For Kids The Best Option For My Child?



Invisalign For Kids is an innovative treatment using clear plastic aligning trays to fix your child’s smile. Children as young as eight can begin treatment even if they haven’t lost all their baby teeth. 


Parents may be skeptical because Invisalign For Kids aligner trays can be removed. You may think your 8-year-old isn’t mature or responsible enough. Invisalign For Kids and NVO have a few tips to address your concerns.  


Wear Indicators — With Invisalign For Kids, parents don’t have to constantly monitor their child’s wear of the aligners. Each aligner tray has a wear indicator that shows if the tray has been worn for the recommended amount of time. Additionally, the clear aligners are nearly invisible, making them less likely to cause discomfort or self-consciousness for the child.


No Diet Restrictions — We know children can be picky eaters, so let’s not make it any harder. 

With Invisalign For Kids, 8-year-olds don’t have to worry about what they eat. Sticky, Hard, or crunchy foods could pop a bracket off or bend a wire with traditional braces causing another ortho visit and increased costs. Traditional braces also made it harder to clean. Invisalign trays can be removed to eat and brush their teeth.

How Invisalign For 8-Year-Olds Works

Invisalign For Kids is designed to work with developing jaws. Your child’s doctor will take into account growing teeth when developing the treatment plan. Existing teeth will shift into the proper place while growing teeth will have room to come into place.

Issues That Invisalign For 8-Year-Olds Fixes

Some dental issues that Invisalign For Kids can address in children as young as eight-years-old include: 


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


Although Invisalign For Kids is used to straighten teeth, the aligners are focused more on development at this age, so there is less of a chance of needing straightening down the road. 

Why Consider Invisalign For 8-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. Young children can continue developing their brushing routine as they usually would without assistance. 

Fewer Orthodontist Visits

One of the benefits of Invisalign treatment for kids is that it typically requires fewer orthodontic visits than traditional braces. With traditional braces, patients usually need to visit the orthodontist every 4-8 weeks to have their braces adjusted. With Invisalign, patients typically only need to visit the orthodontist every 6-8 weeks.

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 child. 


Contact us today to book your 8-year-old’s free Invisalign For Kids consultation.


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