A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign

One of the questions we get asked the most from parents and patients is: “Which is better: Braces or Invisalign?”

It’s a hard question to answer because so much depends on each patient and their specific needs. That’s why at OX Orthodontix we prioritize spending time with you and listening to your needs and goals. This up-front communication is what helps us land on the best possible treatment plan for each unique patient who comes to see us for orthodontics.

Let’s talk about some of the different treatment options that we offer and the differences between them. Traditional metal or clear braces are the most commonly recognized and can be a great choice. There’s minimal involvement from the patient’s perspective except for avoiding foods that can damage brackets and wires, and brushing really well is a top priority. Braces are also great for patients who simply aren’t going to wear aligners for 22 hours a day. And that’s okay! You’ll come to see us every 8-12 weeks for adjustments and we’ll be on our way to a straighter smile in no time.

On the other hand, clear aligners are an excellent alternative for patients that are good at keeping to a schedule, want flexibility, and enjoy eating pretty much anything you want.  They’re also a great choice if you know brushing is already an issue – which what makes braces more challenging than aligners. It’s harder to reach those nooks and crannies when the brackets and wires are on your teeth.  Invisalign is removed for eating and brushing, it is clear and not as noticeable as braces, and there are no food restrictions.

At OX Orthodontix if our doctors feel that one would be a better option for any reason, we’ll let you know why and we’ll talk through everything in detail together. In most cases both treatment options are efficient and effective at giving your child their ideal smile, and making parents smile along the way. 

Start your personalized smile journey with OX Orthodontix. We’re not just crafting smiles – we’re creating unique stories. Are you ready to begin yours? 

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