What Are the Downsides of Metal Braces?
Metal braces can be uncomfortable at first, but most kids (and adults) get used to them quickly. Since they are not removable, they can be a little tricky to keep clean, but most kids will get this after some training. Additionally, since braces are not removable, they cannot be taken out for a special event like a prom dance.
What Are Alternatives to Metal Braces?
Two popular alternatives to metal braces are porcelain ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear aligners, both of which we offer here at Downey Dental Arts. Porcelain ceramic braces have the benefit of being less visible, but they take longer than metal braces to do the job. Invisalign® clear aligners are removable see-through plastic trays, and they are popular with older kids and adults.
Invisalign® clear aligners can be easily lost or misplaced by younger children, however, so factor that into your decision making. We will, of course, go over all the options with you when you visit us at Downey Dental Arts in Southern California.