Whether you are young, old or somewhere in between, orthodontic care is of the utmost importance for overall health and wellbeing. 

Although the mouth itself is a smaller part of the body, there are many health issues that can occur inside it, which can then affect the health of  the rest of your body too. Some of the most common issues associated with poor orthodontic health include an improper bite, misaligned or crooked teeth and spaces between teeth. Although these may not seem like major problem compared to a broken bone or a deep cut, they are serious and can lead to adverse health effects if left untreated. 

One type of orthodontic treatment that can be worn by patients of all ages in Invisalign. Many adults may need orthodontic care, but won't get fitted with braces or other visible treatments due to their own anxieties or worries over their appearance. Likewise, some children feel as if they will be teased for "brace face," simply for wearing visible braces.

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment worn with clear, custom aligners. The top and bottom trays are customized for your mouth, reducing any pain often associated with braces, as well as the need for brackets, bands and wires.

These aligners shift the teeth into their ideal positioning slowly over time, and should be replaced every two weeks for the best results and overall fit. In addition, Invisalign must be worn for the recommended timeframe of 20-22 hours a day for optimal results.

To learn more about Invisalign for your child, or to schedule an appointment with New York City pediatric orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman, visit our website.