It’s not easy being a teenager — not only have you gone through it, but your child is currently in the midst of navigating his or her formative years. And, while there are some things that a parent simply can’t fix, you can help your child find confidence in his or her smile.

Before going back to school this fall, it might be time for you to consider braces or Invisalign for your child. It’s about more than just having a straight smile for picture day, though that might be your child’s main concern. Braces can also improve the way your child bites down, chews and even how he or she speaks. Straighter teeth are also easier to maintain with traditional dental-hygiene tools, like toothbrushes and floss, so oral health will be better for years and years to come.

Once the pro-orthodontics decision has been made, you have to decide which type of treatment will best suit your child. Of course, Dr. Derek Sanders is here to guide you through the process, but you can start by considering your two main options: braces or Invisalign.

Traditional braces are used to tackle more difficult orthodontic issues, and they do so without any sort of maintenance or upkeep required on your child’s end; instead, Dr. Sanders will check your progress and make adjustments at routine check-ups. They don’t require any additional steps to clean, either, as traditional brushing and flossing keep traditional braces just as sparkling as the teeth beneath them.

Invisalign, on the other hand, requires your child to swap out custom-fit retainers every few weeks in order to slowly shift the position of his or her teeth. This treatment also requires that your child wear the retainers nearly constantly or they won’t have the intended straightening effect, so it’s best for kids ready for the responsibility. Your child can remove the aligners when it’s time to eat, though, which makes the process much more comfortable than it is for those who wear traditional braces. He or she will also have to brush and rinse the aligner trays on a regular basis.

Both braces and Invisalign will cause a bit of discomfort — they’re shifting teeth to their new, straightened positions, after all. And, afterward, your child will have to wear a retainer in order to maintain the results for years to come. But he or she will walk away with a straighter smile that will certainly boost confidence at an age when it can make all of the difference. Contact Dr. Derek Sanders and the team at Orthodontics Only today in order to set up a consultation to get your child started.