Many adolescents who need braces prefer Invisalign because they are not so noticeable, but is this the best plan of correcting your child’s smile? There are a few pros and cons to consider as a parent and to discuss with your child and their dentist to help you make the best decision.
Pro: Invisalign can correct mild to moderate bite issues.
Crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, slight overlaps, slight crossbite, minimal overbite, all of these are examples of bite issues that can be corrected with Invisalign. If an adolescent has some of these more typical bite issues, Invisalign works just as well as traditional braces.
Con: Invisalign requires a commitment to wearing the aligner.
Aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. If your child is not committed to wearing the aligners or if you believe they will not follow instructions when they get their braces, it may be best to go with traditional braces that cannot be taken off. For most teens and children who understand if they do not wear their aligners as they should they will have to undergo treatment longer, the commitment to properly wearing their braces is no issue.
Pro: Your child can eat what they want with Invisalign.
The aligners can be removed as needed, and it is recommended that the aligners are taken out before eating. While metal braces come along with a list of foods that have to be avoided, such as popcorn and crunchy foods, Invisalign braces do not because they are taken out before eating anyway.
Con: Invisalign may not be ideal for severe issues.
Even though Invisalign can be an effective dental treatment for mild to moderate issues, it is an ideal form of braces in every situation. Those adolescents that have severe bite issues may have to have traditional braces.
Invisalign is a good fit for many teens who want a more discreet path to a nice smile. If you would like to know more about the options for your child where braces are concerned, reach out to us at Fishinger Dental for an appointment.