The question on whether children should get braces or invisalign is a one that depends a lot on how involved the parents want to be, how mature the children are, and how bad the teeth they are treating. Let’s dive into both options and evaluate which may be best for your particular situation, and why. Afterall, should children get braces or Invisalign?

Why Children Should Get Braces

Braces are a good option for children because they are permanently on their teeth, working to straighten them, for the entirety of their braces length recommendation. Braces are also quick to work on teeth because they are working around the clock, pulling the teeth into the direction they should land in. Braces are also a fun way to accentuate your kid’s mouth. With fun colorful rubber bands, many children prefer braces because of how they look and the option they have to personalize them.

Why Children Should Get Invisalign

Invisalign retainers are also good options for children, but they are good for different reasons. For example, Invisalign is a great option because they can be taken out to eat. This means that your child, who may or may not already be a picky eater, will not have to change their diet in any way in order to use Invisalign. With braces on the other hand, there are several items your child will have to completely refrain from. Second, Invisalign may cause you, the parent, more headache as it is up to you and your child to ensure they are wearing the retainers often enough to actually do their job. This means they should be wearing them as close to 22 hours a day as possible.


Both braces and Invisalign are good options for getting your child’s teeth straightened into a beautiful smile. It largely depends on what factors of the process are most important to you. Talk with the orthodontists at Burke and Beckstrom today to get started.