Invisalign and braces are two popular orthodontic treatments used to gradually straighten teeth. Invisalign is a series of rigid but flexible transparent plastic trays that are placed throughout the dental arch. They are created from 3D images of a patient's teeth and new trays are provided every two weeks. Braces, on the other hand, are best for people with severe sprains and for most children and teens.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate sprains and clumps, while braces are more effective in treating very complex cases. Invisalign puts less pressure on the teeth, reducing the amount of pain your child will experience over time. Invisalign aligners also consist of smooth surfaces, unlike many types of braces, which have irregular metal edges that can irritate a child's tongue and inner lips. Invisalign slowly aligns all of your teeth at the same time, unlike braces, which apply pressure to misaligned teeth.
When choosing between Invisalign or orthodontic appliances, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each. Invisalign is the ideal solution for patients with mild to moderate spacing problems and is a nearly invisible and more comfortable smoothing method for adults who want a nearly invisible treatment. However, some plans only cover traditional orthodontic appliances, and not all plans include adult teeth straightening. Traditional braces are still more effective in treating very complex cases (such as crooked or very crowded teeth).
If your child needs orthodontic treatment, it is important to consider all of the factors before making a decision. It is important to consult with an orthodontist to determine which treatment is best for your child's individual needs. Your orthodontist will be able to provide you with more information about the pros and cons of each treatment option.