A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign

A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign
Posted on 06/03/2022
A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign

One of the questions we are asked the most from parents is: “Which is better for children: Braces or Invisalign?”

So much depends on each child and their specific needs. That’s why at Orthodontic Associates of Greenville we prioritize spending time with you and listening to your needs and goals. It is what helps us land on the best possible treatment plan for each child who comes to see us.

Traditional metal or clear braces are the most common treatment option and can be a great choice for kids. There’s minimal involvement from the patient’s perspective except for avoiding foods that can damage brackets and wires. Brushing well is a top priority. Braces are also great for patients who simply aren’t able to wear aligners for 22 hours a day. And that’s okay! You’ll come for a visit every 6-8 weeks for adjustments and will be on your way to a healthier smile in no time.

On the other hand, clear aligners are an excellent alternative for patients who are good at keeping to a schedule. Plus, the list of foods to avoid while in treatment is much smaller, as you take out the aligners for meals. The aligners are removed for brushing so they’re also a great choice if you know that effective brushing is already an issue.  It’s harder to reach those nooks and crannies when brackets and wires are in place. 

If Dr. Rogers or Dr. Hamby feels that one would be a better option for any reason, they’ll let you know why and will talk through everything in detail.  In most cases both treatment options are efficient and effective at giving your child their ideal smile, and making parents smile along the way. 

Give us a call or visit our website to schedule your child’s complimentary consultation. 

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