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When it’s time for your child to undergo orthodontic treatment, your first question may be whether or not it is better for them to get traditional braces or Invisalign.

Unfortunately, it’s not a simple question with a simple answer. Here’s what you need to know.

Braces for Children

Braces have long been considered the standard option for kids in need of orthodontic treatment.

Once they are on, they don’t come off and can’t be lost the way an Invisalign aligner might. Some kids even prefer the metal look because they want to look like their friends.

However, it is imperative that dental hygiene be maintained carefully. Lack of cleaning between teeth and brackets can mean staining and/or cavities. Additionally, hard and sticky foods can cause brackets to pop off the tooth or break wires, which can be dangerous and painful.

Braces are best for kids who:

  • Need to address crooked teeth or other complex tooth arrangements.
  • Are willing to brush and floss regularly.
  • Are able to wear bands as needed.
  • Can withstand initial discomfort on the inside of their cheeks when braces are applied.
  • Will avoid sticky or hard foods as much as possible.

Invisalign for Children

Many parents assume that Invisalign is for adults only. Just as adults can wear metal braces, children can benefit from the use of Invisalign.

There are many benefits of Invisalign. The aligners are changed out regularly over the course of treatment. They do not scrape the inside of the mouth in the way that metal braces do. And they remove the issue of a “metal smile.”

However, Invisalign aligners can be lost as easily as a retainer. This can delay treatment significantly while the patient waits for a replacement since they are made to fit the mouth. Additionally, they may not be appropriate for complex orthodontic issues.

Invisalign is best for kids who:

  • Need simple orthodontic treatment.
  • Can keep track of their aligners.
  • Can care properly for their aligners.

Invisalign vs. Braces for Kids

Find out whether Invisalign or braces are a better fit for your child. Call Dison Dentistry today to set up an appointment.

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