May 2nd, 2017
Many parents face the decision of whether to use Invisalign or traditional braces to straighten their child’s teeth, and it’s important that they be well-informed on the pros and cons with each treatment. Which is more affordable? Which is more effective? Parents must weigh the various benefits and drawbacks according to their budgets, their needs, and their kids. Following are some important considerations when it comes to choosing treatment for the best pediatric dental care possible:
While braces have been used for several decades, Invisalign is a system that is relatively new, only having been introduced in 2000. However, many people have already found that the newer treatment was perfect for their needs.
Both Methods are Effective, Yet Different
Traditional braces use metal brackets that are glued to the teeth, connected with wires. They are very effective in straightening teeth, and although the brackets are metal, they are now available in a variety of colors, including shades of enamel. Whether your child would like them to stand out in a bright color as a fashion statement or they’d want them to blend in with their natural teeth, both are possible (and able to be changed) with traditional braces.
Invisalign, however, is designed to be just about invisible. As opposed to brackets glued to teeth with wires, this system uses a series of customized trays that are worn over the teeth to cause them to slowly shift into place. Your gentle pediatric dentist or Orthodontist will use a series of impressions and x-rays to create and configure the aligners used with this option.
Invisalign or Braces: Which is Better for Your Child?
Perhaps the best way to effectively weigh the pros and cons of each treatment is to make a list – a side-by-side comparison for you to consider.
Children will brush the brackets of their braces along with their teeth, while Invisalign users will remove the aligners to brush teeth (and clean those aligners as well). Checkups for braces occur about once each month, while the alternative wearers will change aligners every two weeks, with checkups every 4-6 weeks.
All About Braces
For the most part, braces are better for more complex issues, such as narrow arches or large overbites or underbites. They are often better for kids as far as a compliance standpoint, as there is no way to leave them out or forget them - they are always attached. Also, since many children get braces, it is not seen as a social stigma. On the other hand, kids may experience discomfort or sores from the wires, and there may sometimes be some tooth discoloration if hygiene is not kept up. Kids with braces should stay away from sticky and hard foods.
The Lowdown About Invisalign
Invisalign is almost invisible, which many kids appreciate. The aligners are removable, so there is no need for children to avoid their favorite sticky or hard foods. There is no discomfort or sores created by any wires, either, however, kids may still experience discomfort from tooth movement, just like with braces. Aligners must be removed before eating and drinking anything except water, and more maintenance is required: Kids should brush their aligners after eating and drinking to avoid staining.
Contact Poiset and Associates to schedule a personal consultation with us! If you’re searching for the best pediatric dentist and Orthodontist to help you decide between traditional braces and Invisalign for your child, look no further. We’re here to help!