There is a song with lyrics that runs, “I can’t smile without you”, are the singer referring to either braces or Invisalign? Because obviously, if he is not having perfect sets of teeth, braces or Invisalign can help him smile anytime.

Braces and Invisalign are both created to strengthen and put your teeth in its proper position.  Off course you cannot have both on your teeth so you keep on asking which is more effective and slightly more affordable. You want to have the procedure done once so you want to choose which works better for you or your kind in the long run.

Braces

Braces have been around for a long time and it already created a reputation of working well for most of those who tried it. On the other hand, Invisalign was first introduced in 2000 so this procedure does not have the same history as braces. Braces have metal brackets being glued to the teeth and are connected together by wires and small rubber bands. Today, there are colors for braces that resemble the natural color of enamel which make it less noticeable.  However, colored braces are also a great way to make a fashion statement for your mouth.

Invisalign

On the other hand, Invisalign is invisible aligner made from smooth, comfortable, clear plastic worn over the teeth.  It gently puts pressure on the teeth to make it move at the right place. Before you will be given your own Invisalign, the dental specialist will use x-rays, pictures and 3D imaging of your teeth to make sure that the aligner fits your teeth perfectly.

To guide you in choosing either braces or Invisalign, here are the most common things being asked and how each one fared in each category:

Color:

  • Braces can be silver or multicolored
  • Invisalign is clear/invisible

Treatment time:

  • Braces- 24/7 for an average of two years
  • Invisalign- 22-24 hours per day for an average of 6 to 18 months

Costs: (on average)

  • Braces- $ 1,800- $5,500
  • Invisalign- $5,000

Maintenance:

  • Braces- needs brushing every after meals and flossing at least once a day
  • Invisalign- Brushing and cleaning with lukewarm water and flossing at least once a day

Follow-up Visits: (this varies from patient to patient)

  • Braces- once a month
  • Invisalign- Change aligner trays every two weeks; visit the dentist every 4 to 6 weeks

Aside from these main differences, remember that braces are not recommended to people engaged in contact sports. On the other hand, Invisalign will not work if you have other dental problems such as bridgework, back tooth bite issues if there is a need to rotate canines or premolars, the need to move teeth vertically and if you are not disciplined to put trays on your teeth for 22 hours every day.

When kids are between the ages of 1-10, there is the natural fear of the dentist to be expected. Although this is necessary to maintain healthy gums and teeth, children view it as an unnecessary evil. This fear stems from the fact that the dentists are usually an unfamiliar room with a cold and sterile environment with a stranger in a white coat poking into their mouth with metallic instruments.

Seeing as children often have their teeth fall out before it gives way to the permanent set of adult teeth, the trip to the dentist might be a continuous feature in years to come and you do not want your child to be constantly scared. To help smooth along the process of future visits, it is best to get your child in the right frame of mind for the visits. The following are ways by which it can be accomplished:

Pediatric Dentist:

for an adult, the option of getting a dental practitioner is okay but when dealing with children, someone who is more versed with the inner mind and feelings of a child is better. Pediatric dentists after dental school have three more years of training on how to handle little kids so they are knowledgeable in the fear associated with visiting the dentists.

Get them used to it:

this involves making trips to the dentists at an early age maybe as soon as the first set of teeth appear. This is a fact well supported by the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry as acclimatizing early brings more comfort to the child. Visiting the dentist becomes something that is already a constant part of the routine.

 Popups:

this involves doing a form of meet and greet so that your child can get to know the dentist in a more comfortable situation. This can be done a few days prior to the actual appointment so as to get your child in the proper mindset of what to expect.

Touch is also important:

the furniture in a dentist office often appears cold and sterile and leaving your child on a solitary chair to be poked in the mouth can be daunting. As a parent, it helps to offer support by holding on to their hand or prop them on your lap to let them know you are there.

Set an example:

if your child is jittery, you can get the dentist to pretend to take a look at your own set of teeth and make it look fun. Children appreciate fun events and an example of an adult going through the whole process and still smiling is a good step.

Distractions:

distractions can also help as it takes the child’s mind off the activity currently going on. You can make funny faces at the child or bring along games and toys that are sure to provide a distraction during the entire period of the appointment. Offering a reward at the end of the appointment is also something to look forward to on the part of the child.