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Pros & Cons: Invisalign vs. Braces

Parents and patients are always interested in the differences between braces and Invisalign, not only in terms of cost but also in terms of results. Let’s get the cost factor out of the way: both treatment options cost the same at Dentistry for Kids! Now, let’s dig deeper into why Invisalign or traditional braces would be a good fit for your child.

Traditional braces have been around for over 100 years. They continue to evolve, getting more compact, more comfortable, and more accurate, while functioning efficiently with the latest “high tech” wires. Braces make a statement! They say "Smile Under Construction" and you can have fun changing the colored rubber bands at each appointment. Best of all, the braces are doing all the work moving the teeth. The patient just needs to care for the appliances.

What is the downside of traditional braces? They make the teeth very sore for 3-4 days after each appointment. The wires and braces can irritate the inside of the cheeks and gums, especially if you get bumped in the face. It is also more difficult to keep the teeth clean and there are limitations on what one can eat. Braces are also not very esthetic.

Now let’s look at Invisalign and why that may be a good option. Invisalign are clear aligners that can move teeth just like traditional braces. In fact, Invisalign can usually treat to completion about 6 months faster than braces with excellent results. Invisalign is very esthetic and most people cannot tell that aligners are being worn. There are also no food limitations, home care is unchanged (since there are no brackets or wires), and there is much less soreness associated with Invisalign treatment. Most patients say their teeth are only mildly uncomfortable for about a day after switching aligners.

So, why wouldn’t every patient get Invisalign? Compliance, compliance, compliance. As you can imagine, the only way to successful treat with Invisalign is for the aligners to be worn 20 to 22 hours per day. Many patients cannot make this commitment. Also, aligners can get lost or broken if not careful. So, Invisalign is not for everyone but can be a great choice in the right situation.

Schedule an orthodontic consultation at 505-473-5437 to discuss the best option for your child today!

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