As a parent, you probably are very familiar with metal braces. But, imagine braces that don’t use wires or metal brackets but instead are virtually pain free and don’t require any change to your child’s eating habits or lifestyle. Invisalign can straighten their teeth while experiencing the benefits of a great smile without having to deal with a mouth full of metal! Unlike braces, aligners are removable, so it's easy for your child to maintain good oral hygiene while their teeth are being straightened. Aligners are clear and virtually invisible. Most people won't even notice that your child is wearing them.
Are traditional metal braces the best option for my child?
If you are considering braces or Invisalign to straighten your child’s teeth, you may have a lot of questions. For example, which is more effective or more affordable? Ultimately, you might want to choose the treatment that will do the job, even if it’s slightly more expensive. In the long run, you don’t want to have to fix your child’s teeth again! Both are designed to straighten teeth while improving your child’s smile and oral health.
Braces consist of metal brackets that are glued to your child’s teeth and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, brackets are made to closely match your child’s enamel color (making them more discrete). Your child can even get the rubber bands in different colors so as to make a fashion statement with their mouth.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over the teeth to subtly and gently move their teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your child’s teeth and to configure the aligner tray accordingly.
Clearly, the choice between braces and Invisalign is a tough decision. Teens who have a tendency to be more self-conscious prefer choosing Invisalign. The fact that they are removable so your child can eat, drink, brush and floss more naturally may sound desirable. However, if the idea of having to remove the trays for meals, or while drinking anything other than water seems inconvenient to them, then Invisalign may not be the best choice for your child. Plus, they need to brush after each meal before putting their trays back in order to avoid staining. So, if proper oral hygiene has been an issue in the past, you might reconsider this option.
Lastly, if your dentist needs to address issues with your child’s back teeth, or need to rotate teeth or move teeth vertically, Invisalign may not even be an option. Straightening your teeth to improve your child’s smile and overall oral health should not be taken lightly. If you need help deciding whether braces or Invisalign makes more sense for your child, consult your child’s orthodontist. They can recommend the most effective solution to perfect your child’s smile and teeth.
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