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#1 Fabulous

Posted 19 July 2019 - 10:15 AM

The orthodontist has given us a choice of invisalign or traditional braces for our 13 year old daughter. The prices are very similar 7.5K versus 7 K for the traditional style braces. I'm finding it hard to decide between them. Interested in hearing other peoples experiences. Thanks

#2 Charli73

Posted 19 July 2019 - 10:29 AM

While I have had traditional braces when I was a teen a recently got a quote for Invisalign and it was going
To be $2k cheaper and be on for 2 years less. Based on that I would be considering Invisalign for myself and have booked in.

I like the fact they place a permanent metal brace on the inside of the teeth after the Invisalign treatment so they don’t move again so that is another reason I would consider it, not sure if they do that’s now with traditional ones although they probably would.



#3 moineau

Posted 19 July 2019 - 10:34 AM

Traditional 100%

Invisialign is a lot of taking in and out and remembering to put it back in and taking the retainer in and out hurts quite a bit with each new retainer as it's tight.

I started with invisalign at 25, did 6 months and switched to traditional braces (ceramic) because it was quite difficult to be disciplined enough with the retainer.

With braces, you can also make changes as you go if things are not going the way you (or your daughter) were hoping that they would.

I have a bonded retainer on the back of both my top and bottom front 6 teeth like PP mentioned happens with Invisalign. I believe just the top is the norm but they did both for me as my teeth got moved A LOT through my treatment.

It's also important to get some education around WHY your daughters teeth are out of alignment - For me, I was a thumb sucker as a child and as a result my tongue muscles never trained themselves to go to the roof of my mouth - Causing a narrow pallet and whats referred to as "tongue thrusting" (where my tongue rests on the back of my teeth not the roof of my mouth when I swallow and sleep) I have broken my bonded retainer twice because I am putting pressure on my teeth positioning - I'm working on recifiying this with tongue exercises and in the meantime, I am still wearing my plastic retainer to bed every second night (6 years after getting my braces off)

Edited by moineau, 19 July 2019 - 10:38 AM.


#4 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:35 PM

Bonded retainer depends on your mouth. After having braces as a teen and teeth moving lots as an adult, I did Invisalign for my top teeth. Due to my bite I have to wear retainers at night after my Invisalign as I cannot get bonded retainer behind my top teeth. If I get my bottom teeth done in the future, I will get those bonded.



#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:40 PM

My eldest son has a top and bottom bonded retainer after traditional braces and continues to wear his removeable retainers every night. My second son is into his third year of braces because he won’t bloody follow the orthodontist’s instructions with elastics...I can only imagine how sh*te he would have been with Invisalign.

TBH, I wouldn’t even consider Invisalign for a teen.

#6 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:56 PM

I do think Invisalign depending on the teen may be too much due to compliance requirements. It was annoying enough as an adult taking the plates in/out to eat, as a teen that would have been torture.



#7 Kreme

Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:34 PM

For a 13 yo I’d go traditional braces. It’s so common to have braces at that age that I don’t think the aesthetic benefits of Invisalign are worth it for all the hassle.

My adult friends who’ve had Invisalign have found the new plates very uncomfortable for several days and it’s a pain taking them in and out to eat. DD13 has had her braces on for 8.5 months and only experiences a bit of discomfort for a day after they are adjusted. She enjoys changing colours every couple of months and overall has found the experience far easier than she anticipated.

#8 smilinggirl

Posted 19 July 2019 - 03:14 PM

I had braces and then a plate as a teen but wasn't told to keep wearing the plate so my teeth shifted back again. In my 40s I did Invisalign and wear trays at night. If I miss a night, the next night it hurts to put the trays in as my teeth have started to shift.

So, either method needs to be maintained long term. I did have trouble speaking with the trays but overall they were less painful than braces.

#9 BeachesBaby

Posted 19 July 2019 - 05:16 PM

Another vote for traditional for a teen. I had traditional, broke my jaw shortly after mine were removed, and my teeth shifted from the jaw fracture so I had Invisalign again in my early 20’s once my jaw had completely solidified. It was hard, even as an adult spending my own money, to hold myself accountable to keep them in 23 hours a day. You can still see them, so if she’s embarrassed or feels she lisps (as you will at first), she may remove them when out with friends anyway, and it’ll take much longer in the long run.




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