The need for braces can be agonizing for children and adults alike, the fear of a mouth full of metal often overcoming the desire for straight teeth. Invisalign offers an alternative for metal braces, providing a way to straighten teeth without the visibility and permanency of metal braces, but are they better for adults or for children? Some features of Invisalign are more beneficial for one or the other.
Invisalign Is Virtually Invisible
Invisalign has found a way to overcome one of the frequent complaints of metal braces: they attract attention because they are so noticeable. One of Invisalign's selling points is that it is much less noticeable, because Invisalign braces hug the wearer's teeth with a clear plastic piece that is molded to fit the shape of the teeth perfectly.
The fact that Invisalign is a clear plastic is an important factor for children and adults alike, but it is perhaps most important to teenagers who face sharp ridicule for their images from peers. Adults may be self-conscious about their appearance as well, but most have passed through the crucial teen stage and already developed their own identity.
Invisalign Is Removable
Another selling point of Invisalign braces is that they can be removed while eating or brushing teeth, or any other time the wearer chooses to. Removing Invisalign while eating allows the wearer to eat foods that are forbidden while wearing metal braces, such as nuts and apples. Removing Invisalign while brushing teeth gives a better chance for superior hygiene over traditional metal braces.
Invisalign users must remember that removing the plastic braces for any significant amount of time will lengthen the time needed to achieve straightened teeth. This can become an obstacle for children and teenagers, who may remove them before school so they won't have to do so in front of peers during lunch period and go a significant part of the day without wearing them. Children may also be more likely to lose their Invisalign pieces, leading to replacement costs.
The removable aspect is most beneficial for adults, who are more likely to replace their Invisalign pieces shortly after removing them and less likely to misplace the piece as a result.
While Invisalign braces are beneficial for both children and adults, adults are more likely to benefit from wearing removable braces that children and teens are. Parents of children who are interested in wearing Invisalign should weigh the pros and cons of Invisalign and metal braces before deciding on a course of action for straightening their children's teeth.