“I Thought Invisalign Was for Adults. Will My Child or Teen Do Well with Invisalign?”

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As Milton’s only Elite Provider for Invisalign, more and more parents are asking Dr. Aggarwal about whether their child or teenager would do well with Invisalign. If you’re unsure, here are some of the similarities and differences between traditional braces and Invisalign:

 

Similarities

  • Invisalign is as effective as braces and produces the same quality of results.  The common elements are Dr. Aggarwal’s expertise and experience, and you the motivated, cooperative, and enthusiastic patient!
  • With the patient’s cooperation, Invisalign has the same treatment time as traditional braces.
  • Both require elastics to fix the bite/fit of the upper and lower teeth.
  • At the end of the treatment, both Invisalign and braces require retainers to maintain your beautiful new smile!

 

Differences

Invisalign                                                                                    Braces
                                                                      

  • Nearly invisiblesmiling photos can be easily taken for school pictures, weddings, Snapchat and Instagram.
  • Very noticeable by others. Even ceramic braces are noticeable.
  • 1 day of pressure with each aligner, but little to no pain.
  • No need for pain medicine.
  • Mouth sores are not expected. Rough edges can be smoothed with an emory board.
  • 1-7 days of pressure and pain with each tightening.  
  • Advil or Tylenol use is expected.
  • Expect mouth sores from time to time.
  • Require less visits to our office (every 8-12 weeks).
  • Require more visits to our office (every 6-8 weeks).
  • Shorter appointment times.
  • Easier to get your preferred appointment time or day. 
  • Longer appointment times.

 

  • Eat or drink whatever you wantthere’s no need to alter your diet!
  • Aligners have to be removed for meals.
  • Must avoid hard or sticky foods that would break braces or wires.
  • Say goodbye to popcorn and gum!
  • Great for active lifestyles.
  • Great if you play a musical instrument.
  • Possibility of lip injury during sports.
  • May limit performance with a mouth-related instrument.
  • No extra cost for lost or broken aligners.
  • Possible extra costs if there are frequent breakages. 
  • Invisalign treatment rounds out the arch of teeth to make space for crowded teeth, often without the need for extractions.
  • Although every effort is made to avoid removing teeth to create space for crowding, tooth removal is usually required for braces.

Your decision to choose braces or Invisalign doesn’t come down to cost, treatment time, or quality of resultsbut rather your preferred lifestyle during treatment. Dr. Aggarwal works one-on-one with your child or teen during each visit. When they are excited and motivated to work with Dr. Aggarwal to achieve the best results possible, that’s when the best smiles happen!

 


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