Invisalign® vs. Metal Braces: Which Is Right for Your Child?

February 19, 2014 — by Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS
Tags: Invisalign Braces Cosmetic Dentistry

Orland Park Invisalign® vs. Metal BracesWhen your child’s smile is misaligned and you have decided it is time for treatment, you may feel overwhelmed with your options. The go-to choice is not a full set of metal braces anymore - though that orthodontic treatment does have its major benefits. If you feel uncertain about what’s best for your little one, becoming familiar with the benefits of each treatment, and which one truly fits your child’s needs, is your best solution for reaching a decision. Orland Park cosmetic dentist Kenneth Coffey helps patients to consider the characteristics that make each choice unique.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a type of corrective treatment, like braces, without all of the metal. Rather than brackets and wires, your child will wear a series of BPA-free, plastic aligner trays. The trays will shift your child’s teeth over the course of the treatment. Look over the following benefits for a clearer understanding:

  • The clear trays are practically invisible
  • The trays are removable, for comfortable eating and unaltered daily hygiene
  • They are soft, causing little irritation

What Are the Benefits of Metal Braces?

Metal braces include metal brackets and wires to align your child’s teeth. The brackets are fixed with cement onto the front of your child’s teeth. The wires are kept in place with the use of rubber bands. Consider the benefits of metal braces for a more detailed view of traditional braces:

  • Metal braces typically offer the fastest course of treatment
  • They are fixed, so your child cannot lose them
  • Metal braces can address extremely complex misalignment issues

How Do I Decide?

Now you know the benefits of each treatment. You may be surprised to find out both can treat mild to severe misalignment and cost is often similar. Depending on the type of treatment you choose and treatment time, metal braces stand out as the least expensive option in teeth straightening.

However, if both options will work well for your child, consider some of the potential drawbacks associated with Invisalign®or metal braces to help you make your final decision. While neither treatment is perfect, they are both effective. Choosing the one that most suits your child’s needs and personality is a wise approach.

Choose Invisalign® If:

  • Your child is responsible enough to look after the removable trays
  • Your child is dedicated to wearing the trays approximately 20 to 22 hours a day
  • You are sure your child will take the extra time to appropriately clean the aligners
  • You have the patience to visit your dentist or orthodontist if trays are lost and your child needs replacements

Choose Metal Braces If:

  • You would prefer your child wears a fixed treatment that he or she cannot accidentally lose or forget to wear
  • You feel confident your child will adapt to a modified oral hygiene routine, which requires brushing and flossing around brackets and wires
  • You have time to bring your child to the dentist or orthodontist if a bracket or wire breaks
  • You have time for frequent visits to the dentist or orthodontist

Consult a Cosmetic Dentist or Orthodontist

When you have decided to seek treatment to improve your child’s smile, deciding between Invisalign®and traditional metal braces can become confusing. To learn more about which option is best for your child, contact cosmetic dentist Kenneth Coffey to schedule a consultation.

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