Almost everybody knows what metal braces are and just how effective they can be when it comes to correcting a variety of dental problems. But, as much as they’ve been proven to work, braces aren’t exactly the only option available these days. Invisalign, for example, uses clear aligners that can straighten teeth just as effectively as braces can. The only difference is that it doesn’t suffer from all the notable drawbacks, such as the ‘unsightly’ appearance of having metal braces on your mouth, making changes to your usual brushing and flossing routine, and having to avoid certain types of food, among many other things.
That being said, it’s no secret that Invisalign has become a popular alternative to metal braces these days. And, if you’re a parent, you might be wondering, can my child wear Invisalign? Better yet, is it safe for children?
Children and Invisalign
The answer? A resounding yes. Invisalign is just as safe and as effective in adults as it is in children. The problem here, though, is that Invisalign’s advantages could end up working against its favor if it’s not worn by a responsible and mature adult.
Why so? For starters, the main advantage of wearing Invisalign retainers over traditional braces is that you can remove them anytime. But, for the treatment to be effective, you’ll need to wear the retainers for at least 20 hours a day. This means you’ll have to wear them wear them pretty much the whole day, removing them only when you’re eating, brushing your teeth and flossing, or for the occasional night out, meetings, and so on. However, when it comes to kids, it’s not unusual nor unheard of for them to remove it every now and then out of curiosity. They may sometimes forget to put it back on, or forget where they put it, or take it off for far too long. Either one of those scenarios can greatly affect the treatment process, potentially making it even more expensive and in worse cases, completely undermine it.
It’s also a well-known fact that kids just aren’t as vain as adults, and that most kids often wear traditional braces. Unlike adults who opt for Invisalign mostly because it’s “low key” and that it doesn’t make them look different, it’s not exactly that hard to convince a child to wear traditional braces since other kids are probably wearing them too.
Should Your Child Wear Invisalign?
Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners are equally effective when it comes to correct a variety of dental issues. This means that you should base your decision on how you feel and how much you trust your child. After all, everyone is different, including children. Your child may be more mature and responsible compared to others, and can be trusted with Invisalign.
Regardless of whether you choose Invisalign or not, what’s important is that you are there for your child. Encourage your child, take the time to listen to his or her fears and anxiety, especially if it’s about the treatment. Try to do your research and familiarize yourself with the treatment as well to make it easier for you to explain things to your child.
For more information on Invisalign or other questions about your child’s oral health, call Dr. Flynne Weingarten at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.