Braces, Retainers or Invisalign: Which Is Right For Your Child?

Are you currently wondering if braces or invisalign are a good choice for your child?  If your child has crooked teeth, crowded teeth, an overbite, a cross-bite or any of a large range of other “orofacial” issues, these issues can likely be corrected with braces, a retainer, or invisalign.  The following information will introduce you to each of these options so that you can start thinking about what may be right for your child.

Metal Braces

When you think of braces, you likely envision traditional stainless steel braces, which are made from metal brackets and wires that are affixed to teeth in order to straighten or align them.  While these are by far not the only option available in the market today, they remain an extremely popular choice among consumers because they have a much lower cost than other options.  Their popularity is also due to the fact that they do their job quite well, and patients do report success using stainless steel braces.  Many people opt against stainless steel braces for different reasons.  Some people simply do not like the way they look, and dislike the fact that this type of braces may leave stains on teeth.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces, with a few key differences.  Ceramic braces incorporate small ceramic pieces that are glued to individual teeth with wire that attaches them.  They are far less noticeable than metal braces because the ceramic is the same color as teeth.  While metal braces can have different colors of ligatures (the rubber bands that are used on braces), the ligatures that are used with ceramic braces are generally white, which helps them to blend with the teeth even better.  Ceramic braces are more costly than metal braces, and those who wear them have to take care not to stain the ceramic by eating foods or drinking beverages that leave stains.


Retainers are another common tool that orthodontists use to fix common “orofacial” issues.  Some children are directed by their orthodontist to wear their retainer all day, while others wear their retainer at nighttime only.  Many people who wear braces are directed to wear a retainer for a while afterwards.  In that case, the retainer is used to keep the teeth in the alignment that was achieved with braces.


Invisalign is the preferred choice of many parents of teens who need to have their teeth corrected by an Orthodontist Tucson.  That is because invisalign is completely clear, and thus truly is invisible when worn over the teeth.  Invisalign ‘aligners’ are a series of custom fit aligning trays that are designed specifically for your child.  All your child must do to wear them is place them over their teeth, and then they are good to go for the next two weeks.  Once two weeks are up, your child will move to the next in the series of aligners until your child’s teeth are corrected.  If your child is resistant to the idea of getting braces because they fear that others will stare, invisalign is the perfect compromise.

Now that you know a bit more about braces, retainers and invisalign, you owe it to yourself to talk to your child’s Tucson orthodontist about what options are available to you.  Every parent wants their child to have the perfect smile.  With the help of an orthodontist, you can help your child to have a beautiful smile that he or she will love to show off.

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