If your child is ready for orthodontic care, one of the first discussions to have with your orthodontist is which procedure is right for him or her and there might be more options than you had ever imagined.
Read below to learn more about your treatment options and find out all the pros and cons of Invisalign vs braces.
When most people think orthodontists, they think braces. Others may be considering Invisalign, but few are really sure which would be best.
There are times that one option is clearly the best treatment for your child, while other times it may just be a personal choice.
We will break down the Invisalign vs braces debate and show the pros and cons of each option.
The fact is, metal braces for kids still have a valued place in the orthodontic world, and despite advances and breakthroughs of products like Invisalign and even clear braces for kids, they aren’t going extinct anytime soon!
This is because metal braces are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. But like I said at the start, today’s metal braces are smaller, sleeker, and more polished than ever before.
Additionally, most kids still prefer metal braces to the alternatives.
More adults than ever are choosing metal braces to get their perfect smile. For example, check out Gwen Stefani of No Doubt on the red carpet proudly showing off her braces.
Ceramic braces are very strong and generally do not stain. Adults like to choose ceramic because they “blend in” with the teeth and are less noticeable than metal. That’s why actor Tom Cruise most likely went with ceramic.
Older types of ceramic braces require white or clear ligatures (tiny rubber bands) to hold the wire on to the braces. These little rubber bands would sometimes start clear but over time would stain.
Today the problem is solved with clear self-ligating braces!
Clear self-ligating braces are a revolutionary system that combines efficient tooth movement with a nearly invisible look. These braces don’t require a rubber band as they now use a small clip instead.
Patients choosing clear self-ligating braces no longer have to decide between metal braces or clear braces that could stain.
Invisalign is a widely advertised, well-known, and popular braces product. Often kids know about it and ask parents and doctors for it by name.
For many, it’s as good an option as any other and sometimes even the best option.
Invisalign uses advanced, proprietary 3-D computer imaging technology to “map” the entire span of treatment, from the present teeth alignment to the desired positioning, alignment, and smile.
Invisalign has many features that have helped make it such a popular choice…
…the aligners are removable for snacks and meals as well as for general hygiene.
There are no metal brackets or wires. Office visits for adjustments throughout the treatment process are fast, easy and painless.
Over five million patients have been treated with Invisalign, and there is a special Invisalign system for teens and children.
Because Invisalign is computer mapped, there’s sometimes the idea that anybody can install Invisalign and that all practitioners go about treating with Invisalign the same way……
We have an important warning about this: during each stage of the complete treatment, you need to know how teeth move (and in what order) in order to get this right.
One must take into consideration the amount of time (days/weeks) needed for each successive set of aligners, plus in what order to move the teeth. This is why you must rely on an expert specializing in tooth movement for Invisalign treatment. (In other words, an orthodontist)
At the start, we determine whether your son or daughter is a good candidate for the Invisalign approach, or if they would be better served with different braces.
You have to rely on somebody to tell you. I promise you, there are kids who’ve been hurried to Invisalign who were not good candidates for it.
Much like the standard adult version, the Invisalign Teen System and Invisalign First System allows children and teens correct tooth and bite problems without the need for metal braces.
Invisalign Teen and Invisalign First allows for permanent teeth to grow gently and continuously moves these growing teeth into the correct position.
Invisalign Teen and Invisalign First really works. It helps correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues.
Even kids can get a confident smile without metal bands, brackets, or wires. It works on many kinds of conditions, including overly crowded or widely spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites, and underbites.
Premier Orthodontics is not “in the pocket of” any of these providers of different braces products and technologies. We select and recommend what we believe is the most appropriate and beneficial choice for your child.
We are happy to discuss the pros and cons of different ones, and together decide the best option for your child.
The dirty truth of the matter is that, these manufacturers often vary in price to the orthodontist (or dentist) based on volume purchase benchmarks, incentivizing high concentration of one product to conserve costs.
Awards are even given out to the highest volume buyers and users. It’s borderline unseemly…
…and it introduces temptation into the overprescribing or overdiagnosing.
That is what we will discuss and what will ultimately determine our decision when choosing between Invisalign vs braces.
Now that you understand more about your treatment options, let’s talk about other orthodontic appliances your child may need.
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