Children's Sports and Dental Injuries

Children's Sports and Dental Injuries

Should You Get Invisalign Braces?

by Lillian Dixon

If you are considering Invisalign braces, you might already know about the other braces that came before them (traditional metal, lingual and porcelain/ceramic braces).

Of course, Invisalign braces look elegant and classy, but are they as good as other braces? Note the following:

Invisalign Braces Suitability

It might be important to note that Invisalign braces are not suitable for all cases of crooked or misaligned teeth; they only treat less severe cases. Your dentist has to be the one to examine you and inform you whether Invisalign braces will work. If your dentist gives you the okay, then you can choose Invisalign braces. If the dentist tells you that Invisalign braces won't be effective for your condition, you might have to choose traditional metal, lingual or porcelain/ceramic braces.

Why Would You Choose Invisalign Braces Over Other Braces?

1. Appearance: Invisalign braces are colourless medical-grade plastics shaped like mouthguards. Their design gives off an elegant and classy appeal that improves your appearance. This is the main reason why most people choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces.

2. No metallic taste: Traditional metal and lingual braces have metallic parts, meaning you will have a metallic taste in your mouth. This requires some getting used, but if you are one of those people who just can't have the taste of metal in their mouth, Invisalign or porcelain/ceramic braces might work for you. 

3. Not fixed on your teeth: Compared to the other braces, you can remove Invisalign braces from your mouth and put them back without the assistance of a dentist. However, your dentist may insist that you avoid removing them because you tamper with the alignment process. You are expected to wear Invisalign braces for at least 22 hours for them to work effectively. 

Additional Things to Know About Invisalign Braces

You might spend more on Invisalign braces than traditional metal, lingual and porcelain/ceramic braces. When your teeth start getting aligned, traditional metal, lingual and porcelain/ceramic braces become loose. You are expected to visit the dentist for tightening.

If Invisalign braces become loose, you need another set made, meaning you might need to buy a new set each time you need an adjustment. This can be expensive. It is also one of the reasons why Invisalign braces are not recommended for children. Their teeth, gums and jawbones are still developing, meaning they might need multiple replacements.

To learn more about Invisalign, contact local dentists or orthodontists. 


About Me

Children's Sports and Dental Injuries

As a mum, I know how essential sport can be to children's development. Through team sports like soccer, kids learn persistence, sportsmanship and the value of supporting their team members. However, all that learning carries some risk as well, and a stray elbow or a ball to the face can result in oral injuries. I have been the mum rushing to the emergency room with a precious permanent tooth sitting in a cup of milk. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn't even sure if the cup of milk was the right solution. As a parent, you will face those situations, and I'm here to make sure you know what to do when they pop up. With this blog, let's explore children's dentistry and sports injuries together... I want you to have the info you need to stay cool, calm and collected, regardless of how many teeth are on the pitch.