If you are like many of the parents of our prospective, current, and past patients – you probably have asked yourself if braces, or Invisalign® is a good option for your child. If your child has crooked teeth, an overbite, a cross-bite, or a different orofacial issue – it can likely be treated and corrected with orthodontic treatment, using either braces or Invisalign®. The question is typically asked: “Which treatment option is better for my child?” There is no right answer for that question, as it varies by the individual patient. The following points will provide further information on these orthodontic treatment options, so you can make a more educated decision.
There are different types of braces – both metal and ceramic. Metal braces are made from metal wires and brackets. They are affixed to the teeth of the patient in order to straighten and align them. Though they aren’t the only option available, they are a popular choice due to their lower cost than other options. They also perform their job quite well, and most patients experience a successful treatment with metal braces. Some people, however, opt against metal braces for aesthetic reasons.
Ceramic braces have some differences from metal braces. Ceramic braces involve ceramic pieces that are glued to the teeth along with wires to attach them. Ceramic braces blend with the teeth more naturally as they are generally white in color. Some patients prefer ceramic simply because they are not as noticeable as metal braces. They do, however, cost more than metal braces.
Invisalign® is a popular choice for many parents of patients at Horner Barrow Orthodontics. Why? It’s simple: Invisalign® offers a level of comfort, convenience, and confidence that you don’t get with metal or ceramic braces. Invisalign® is completely clear, and when worn over the teeth is virtually invisible. Invisalign® works by using a custom-made series of aligners created specifically for the individual patient. There are no wires or brackets that need to be adjusted or tightened. The patient will use a new set of aligners every two weeks until the treatment has completed.
Don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Horner. We’d be happy to speak with you and provide you with anything you may need regarding potential orthodontic treatment.