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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7.


In some cases, an orthodontic concern may require an earlier orthodontic consultation. Around age 7, the first adult molars typically erupt, helping to define a patient’s back bite and allowing the orthodontist to more effectively evaluate the bite. Treatment at this age may not be necessary, but orthodontic monitoring can help anticipate the ideal timeline for the most effective treatment and also help to prevent more serious problems in the future. These important orthodontic monitoring appointments are scheduled every 6-12 months and are provided free of charge.

Some results of effective early treatment:

  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Creating space for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reducing the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving needed space for permanent teeth
  • Reducing future orthodontic treatment time

Invisalign® First Treatment


At Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer the new Invisalign® First clear aligners to treat younger patients more comfortably and conveniently than more traditional methods used during Phase 1 Treatment.

Invisalign® First’s design features are specifically created for younger patients with early mixed dentition and have been designed specifically to address a broad range of younger patients’ concerns.

Invisalign® First is the perfect solution for young children on the go. Teeth  can be gently shifted into place by wearing each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat or clean your teeth. Being able to remove the aligners allows children to enjoy life without restriction or inconvenience. The best part is that Invisalign® First aligners are virtually invisible- so no one will ever know!

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