If your child requires some kind of correction in their teeth for that ideal smile, you have multiple options for which approach to take here. Two of the most well-known today, and which are often compared to one another, are the use of traditional braces versus modern Invisalign products.
At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're happy to offer both these options to our Layton clients. Our orthodontics services include both braces and Invisalign products, and we'll walk you and your child through the basics of both to help make an informed decision. What are some of the areas you should be thinking about as you compare these two? Let's go over a few in this two-part blog series.
Cost is naturally important to any parent, and this is one area where braces tend to hold a moderate, but not huge, advantage over Invisalign. Traditional braces are usually less expensive than Invisalign, but the price gap has been closing in recent years.
Part of this is because Invisalign's technology has gotten better and more refined, while part of it is also due to the fact that more people are choosing Invisalign today than ever before. We expect that in upcoming years, Invisalign will continue to become more affordable as it becomes increasingly popular.
This is an important consideration for many of our patients and their families, particularly teens who may be self-conscious about how they look while undergoing treatment. Both braces and Invisalign can achieve great results, but Invisalign tends to be the clear winner when it comes to appearance.
Traditional metal braces are very visible, and can be a major source of embarrassment for some patients. Invisalign's clear aligners are much less conspicuous, and many people won't even realize you're wearing them unless you tell them.
Naturally, anyone who will be wearing braces or Invisalign for an extended period of time will want to know which is more comfortable. Here again, Invisalign tends to have a slight advantage.
While braces today are much smaller and more comfortable than they used to be, they're still metal brackets and wires that can cause some irritation, particularly in the early stages of treatment -- and particularly if they're correcting especially significant issues. Invisalign's clear aligners are much smoother and less likely to cause any irritation or discomfort.
In the next part of this series, we'll look at a few more important factors to consider as you compare braces and Invisalign for your child. Stay tuned!
For more on this, or to learn about not only our orthodontic services but also our cosmetic, emergency and other dental programs available to clients throughout Layton, speak to our team at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry today.