Invisalign or Braces for Teenagers? What’s the Better Choice?

Gone are the days when the only option for straightening teeth was thick, metal braces. Nowadays, parents can choose between traditional braces and Invisalign for their teens. However, as a parent, how can you determine the best straightening option for your teenager? 


Essentially, the question of Invisalign versus braces for your teenager will depend on the condition of their teeth. It will also depend on their habits and personal preferences. You and your teen should discuss both options with a dentist. Your son or daughter has a unique set of needs that need individualized attention. 



Invisalign



This is a type of clear plastic aligner. These are great for younger children and teens. Much like traditional braces with wires and brackets, these clear plastic aligners help teeth shift into alignment by applying pressure to them. Users wear them for about two weeks before shifting to a new set. 
 

  • Self-confidence 
     

Many teens tend to feel self-conscious when they have braces. These clear plastic aligners, however, are virtually invisible. Since they are less noticeable, your teenaged son or daughter will not feel too conspicuous. This may have a positive effect on their mental health as well.
 

  • Removability 


One of the benefits of Invisalign aligners is their removability. It is easier for teens and younger kids to brush and floss their teeth without maneuvering around brackets and wires. With better oral hygiene, your teen will have fewer cavities. 
 

  • Less Irritating


Traditional braces often cause sore spots inside the mouth where the wires and brackets rub against the skin. Invisalign aligners do not cause such irritation and friction. Also, your teen will not have to deal with cracked brackets or broken wires. 


However, these clear plastic aligners are not for everyone. If your son or daughter has a severe case of teeth or bite misalignment, they will have to wear the aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day to achieve the desired result. This can be quite difficult for most teens to manage. 



Traditional Braces



Traditional braces consist of brackets bonded to each tooth and wires to help reposition teeth. When it comes to treating serious bite problems, braces are still the most effective treatment option. Some teens choose to get braces with stainless steel brackets they can decorate. Some older teens prefer braces with ceramic brackets that are almost invisible.


Traditional braces straighten crooked teeth by moving them with the help of elastics and a wire. With this type of braces, you and your son or daughter will need to regularly visit your orthodontist to check the progress of the treatment and have the braces adjusted. 


Traditional braces work best for people with severely crooked teeth. They are also ideal for those with bite misalignments such as underbites, overbites, and crossbites. They require less self-discipline than aligners and are an affordable straightening option. Also, they are extremely accurate and do certain types of movements better than aligners. 


Traditional braces come with certain limitations as well. For example, they can come off your teeth and demand a strict oral hygiene routine. Furthermore, people with traditional braces need to avoid or limit some of their favorite foods. Their wire adjustments can also cause temporary mouth pain. 




To learn more about Invisalign and traditional braces, visit Ofir Orthodontics at our office in Downey, California. You can also call (562) 396-9820 today to book an appointment.