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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: What’s the Best Option for Teens?

Posted by Dr. Sal on 10/7/14 1:41 PM

InvisalignIf you have a teenager, or are a teenager who needs braces, you’re probably having the Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces debate. There are a few questions you need to ask first that can help make your decision an easier one.  

Am I Eligible for Invisible Aligners?

Removable braces like Invisalign or ClearCorrect aligners aren’t routes everyone can take. If you have major dental issues, a jaw out of alignment or a severe overbite, you probably can’t go this route. But if you only need a mild adjustment, you may be a good candidate for clear aligners. After you go to an orthodontist and have your dental exam, you’ll know whether or not you’re eligible for removable braces.

What Are the Cost Differences of Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces?

Look at the dental plan your insurance offers (or talk it over with your parents) and see what type of orthodontic coverage is available. Take note of the coverage amount so you can talk with your orthodontist about options. Typically, removable braces are more expensive than traditional metal ones. Even with insurance you may need to consider a payment schedule, which most dentists offer, so make sure you ask about one at your next visit.

How Fast Do Braces Come Off?

From the second braces go on, most patients are thinking about when they’ll come off! Only after your exam can your orthodontist tell you how long you’ll need to wear braces. Traditional braces can move teeth faster than removable ones, depending on your individual situation. And many people find the clear aligners take longer because they don’t quite follow the directions they’re given at the start of their treatment.  

Am I Dedicated Enough to Succeed?

Like we mentioned above, one drawback to clear aligners is that you have to be vigilant about wearing them. For best results, you need to keep your aligners on 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat or clean your teeth. You also need to be responsible enough to keep up with the aligner trays when you remove them and make sure they stay in one piece. You can get more specifics about Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces from your orthodontist, including his or her expectations for you during your treatment. 

Here are some more teeth straightening options for parents to chew on.

"When I was in my early teens, I was self-conscious about the gap in between my two front teeth.  After two short years of wearing braces…I entered my junior year in high school with the confidence to smile big!  I am so grateful to Dr. Salvatoriello. Not only is he a great orthodontist, but a wonderful person."   -Julie Eckhard

Grab your parents and set up an appointment to ask Dr. Salvatoriello the above questions and more when you come in for your initial exam!


Topics: orthodontics, braces


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