A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign

One of the questions we get most from parents is: “which is better: Braces or Invisalign?”

It’s a hard question to answer because so much depends on each child’s personality and their specific needs. That’s why we prioritize spending time with them, and listening to parents. That’s what helps us land on the best possible treatment plan for each unique child who comes to see us for orthodontics.

Here’s some background on our treatment options. Traditional metal or clear braces 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. Braces are also great for kids who simply aren’t going to wear aligners for 22 hours a day. And that’s okay! You’ll come to us every 6-8 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 kids that are good at keeping to a schedule. They’re also a great choice if you know brushing is already an issue – which makes braces more challenging. It’s harder to reach those nooks and crannies when the brackets and wires are in place.

If we feel that one would be a better option for any reason we’ll let you know why but 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.

Click here to download Dr. Hughes’ free guide, “6 Things You Need to Know Before Straightening Your Teeth”.

Think your child may need an orthodontic evaluation?

Give us a call and make an appointment for a consultation. We can be reached at (703) 360-8660. At Hughes Orthodontics, early treatment can help give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for more self esteem as they go through their teenage years and through adulthood.

Dr. Justin Hughes, Dr. Herbert M. Hughes, and the team at Hughes Orthodontics provide state of the art care so their patients can achieve lifelong smile confidence! Through three generations of orthodontists, Hughes Orthodontics has been serving Alexandria, VA since 1958.

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