If you’re thinking about getting braces or clear aligners for your child, you may have wondered which orthodontic treatment option makes the most sense for your family. Did you know that an increasing number of teens, pre-teens and even children are opting for clear aligners, such as Invisalign? While metal braces remain the most popular treatment of choice, clear aligners have rapidly gained popularity among all age groups and may be a great option for your child’s needs.
So, which is better – braces or clear aligners? The real truth: it depends on you, and your orthodontist’s expertise. Both are effective and safe options to realign teeth, but many parents favor one over the other based on their unique lifestyle.
At Dunn Orthodontics, the team is skilled in treating patients with both braces and clear aligners. Since 2006, Drs. Matthew and Courtney Dunn have created thousands of unforgettable smiles in the Phoenix area. And they believe the path to your best smile should be up to you.
So let’s take a closer look at the most common orthodontic treatment options, braces and clear aligners, and see how they stack up!
Today’s metal braces are more advanced than ever before, moving teeth more gently into their final position and looking much smaller than the “train track” style brackets you may have had as a child. With removable clear aligners, patients swap out new trays every few weeks to gently move their teeth into the correct position.
Traditional braces may be the route you want to take if your child has severe alignment issues or if you think they aren’t responsible enough to remember to wear their aligners. Clear aligners are great for those who would like a more discreet solution, have trouble maintaining good oral hygiene, or who want the freedom to eat and drink what they like.
The chart below may help you to make the right decision for your family.
Still wondering which way to go? Contact Drs. Matthew and Courtney Dunn of Dunn Orthodontics to discuss your treatment options. They would be happy to meet you and map out a custom orthodontic treatment plan that best fits your family’s needs. Click here for more information, and take advantage of their new patient special of braces starting at $99/month!