Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces for Teens

Two smiling brunette teen girls, one wearing traditional braces and the other wearing Invisalign

Orthodontic treatments are very common among teens, but not all of them want the look and feel of large metal braces. At Helotes Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer multiple orthodontic options to suit your teen’s unique needs and preferences. Read on to learn more about the characteristics of Invisalign® and traditional braces.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that involves a series of removable plastic trays to shift your teeth into their ideal position over time. The patient wears each set of Invisalign aligners for two weeks, and then swaps them out for the next set. For the treatment to be effective, patients need to wear their aligners for 20-22 hours per day. They are removed before eating and teeth brushing.

Invisalign Benefits

Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable, so they’re ideal for someone who doesn’t want to look or feel like they’re wearing metal braces. Invisalign is best for those who have mild to moderate teeth overcrowding and want a discreet option to get their teeth into the correct position. There are no dietary restrictions for those who have Invisalign, because there is no risk of getting any food particles caught in braces.

What are Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. Consisting of metal brackets and wires, metal braces can treat extreme orthodontic issues like crowding, overbites, underbites, gaps, and severe misalignment.

Traditional Metal Braces Benefits

Traditional metal braces are more versatile and can treat more advanced issues than Invisalign. Metal braces are more affordable than Invisalign in many cases. If you have a forgetful teen, metal braces are a good option for several reasons. First, they do not have to remove or remember to put on their braces. Plus, they can't lose their braces. Another thing to consider is that the design of metal braces has vastly improved over the years, so they’re not as clunky as they used to be!

Affordable Orthodontics in San Antonio, TX

If your teen is considering Invisalign or metal braces, schedule a consultation at Helotes Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics! Our friendly staff will gladly evaluate your teen’s individual needs and recommend a personalized treatment plan that’s perfect for your budget. Please give us a call at (210) 256-8581 or book an appointment with us online to get started.

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