Do you have a child who needs orthodontic treatment? Are you trying to decide between Invisalign or traditional metal braces?

Choosing the right type of braces for your child can be difficult… but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of your orthodontist and some simple research, you can make an informed decision that will benefit your child’s smile in the long run!

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces — including how they work, their advantages and disadvantages, and whether they are suitable for children with baby teeth.

Read on to learn more!

Invisalign or Traditional Braces?

Invisalign is an attractive option for many patients because it is virtually invisible. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material, making them almost undetectable when worn. This can be beneficial for some children who feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces.

Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable, which makes brushing and flossing easier, particularly for children still establishing such hygienic habits.

Metal braces, on the other hand, are made of metal and wires and can help straighten the teeth more quickly, but they may be uncomfortable to wear.

That being said, metal braces may be the better option for more severe cases of misalignment. If your child’s teeth are crooked, overlapping, or have large gaps between them, metal braces can provide quicker and more effective results than clear aligners.

Is Invisalign Okay for Kids?

Invisalign is generally a safe treatment option for children, provided they are old enough to take care of the aligners and understand the importance of wearing them consistently.

Otherwise, there are options for patients who still have their baby teeth!

Specifically, Invisalign First® is a revolutionary teeth straightening solution designed to provide children between the ages of 6 and 10 with effective and comfortable treatment for minor to complex dental conditions. This clear, custom-made aligner system has been clinically proven to effectively correct misalignment, crowding, and spacing issues, as well as narrow dental arches.

Invisalign First® provides a comfortable option that fits in with your child’s lifestyle — from school to sports, it won’t get in the way of all the fun!

Why Should I Call Setzer, Cochran, and Soares?

Ultimately, the choice between Invisalign or metal braces depends on your child’s individual needs and goals.

Your orthodontist can help you make the best decision for your family. They can evaluate your child’s teeth, discuss their treatment options, and provide insight into the benefits of each option.

No matter which treatment option is chosen, it is important to stay committed to the treatment plan and follow the instructions of your orthodontist. With hard work, dedication, and regular check-ups with the orthodontist, your child will be able to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Of course, we understand that there is a lot to consider when it comes to deciding which type of braces is right for your child. That’s why we offer pediatric orthodontic services — so that you can feel assured our team of board-certified professionals will be there to help you every step of the way!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Simply contact Setzer, Cochran, and Soares Pediatric Dentistry today by calling (904) 733-7254 to get started! We look forward to helping your family have the healthiest, happiest smiles possible.