Should My Teenager Get Metal Braces or Invisalign?

Thanks to today’s technologically advanced world, teens can choose traditional metal braces or Invisalign to straighten their teeth. In order to determine whether to choose metal braces or Invisalign, teens must consider their lifestyle habits and personal preferences.

The team at NCOSO will be more than happy to educate your teen on the advantages of both metal braces and Invisalign so that he or she can make the very best decision. Here are several things teens should consider prior to choosing Invisalign or metal braces.


Metal Braces Can Solve Complex Issues

Sometimes, Invisalign is not able to fix complex issues. Metal braces, however, can solve most dental problems, making them the best option for some teens.


Metal Braces Require Vigilant Care

Teens who choose metal braces must be responsible enough to make sure that they give them the oral hygiene they require. Neglecting oral hygiene with metal braces can lead to tooth decay and other problems down the road. If your teen is too busy to dedicate time to oral hygiene each day, Invisalign may be the way to go since Invisalign aligners can be removed and he or she could brush and floss teeth like usual.

Metal Braces May Lead to Food Restrictions

If your teen enjoys foods like pizza crust, popcorn, corn on the cob, pretzels, apples, and bagels, he or she may have to cut them out of his or her diet if metal braces are chosen. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed during meals, teens can still consume these foods with Invisalign.


Invisalign Requires Greater Cooperation

In order for your teen to see results from Invisalign, he or she must be cooperative and committed to the treatment. Aligners need to be worn at least 20 to 22 hours per day and only removed for eating, drinking, and teeth brushing. When aligners are not worn enough, Invisalign could take far more time to straighten a teen’s teeth than traditional metal braces.


Invisalign is More Expensive

Any type of braces your teen chooses will be a costly yet worthwhile and life changing investment. Invisalign is typically about $500 more than a one year metal braces treatment. Although financing and insurance coverage is available, the cost of Invisalign vs. metal braces should not be overlooked.


Visit NCOSO Today For More Information

If you’d like more information on how traditional metal braces and Invisalign can make a significant difference in your teen’s smile, contact NCOSO today to schedule an initial appointment. We look forward to helping your teen come to an orthodontic solution that is right for his or her personality and lifestyle.

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