Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Glauser williamsHaving a smile that you are proud of can make or break many aspects of life. Everyday happiness can come from feeling good about showing off your beautiful smile. However, the opposite happens for many. When you don’t feel comfortable or are embarrassed about having misaligned teeth, you tend to hold back on smiling. This can play a very major role on your health and overall happiness. When we smile there is a chemical reaction within the brain that allows us to feel joy. When we share that same smile with others, they have the same reaction. It is difficult to share that joy if you feel uneasy about your teeth.

Not to worry, advances in the dental technology world have given us ways to take a not-so-straight set of teeth and turn them into a set of chompers that you will be proud to show off. Now the question is: Traditional braces or Invisalign? Which is right for you?

Take a look at the differences, how they work, and the pros of cons of both.

Traditional Braces

This is the original way to straighten teeth and still an incredible option. These are made up of three parts:

  • Bonding - the “glue” that holds the bracket onto the tooth
  • Brackets- how the archwire is connected from tooth to tooth
  • Archwire - a thin wire laced through the bracket that gently forces the teeth to move

Each of these components are important in the process. The first day that you receive your braces your teeth will be unfamiliar with the feeling of being forced to move. But hang in there, through regular visits and adjustments your teeth will be well on their way to finding that perfectly straight position.

Pros - they work, they stay in place (unless you break a bracket chomping on a hard candy), and they will most certainly give you the smile you've always dreamed of

Cons - they are difficult to keep clean, brackets may break (there is that candy issue again), and they tend to give people the look of “metal mouth”


Invisalign is a computer-generated tray that through a series of adjustments will force your teeth into the desired position. Each series generally takes about two weeks, and the amount of series depends on the patient.

This one is most popular among adults who are in the market for straighten their teeth. Most people seek the help of professionals to straighten their teeth within their teenage years. This is because it is easy to walk around with a mouth full of metal when all of your peers are doing the same. It isn’t the same in the adult world, which brings us to the pros and cons:

Pros - they are discreet. Most people will not even notice that you are wearing them and they are removable

Cons - limited treatment abilities, which means the process may take longer

One is not better than the other, it will ultimately come down to determining the specific need of each patient. Contact us for more information and we will be happy to answer questions to help you decide whether traditional braces or Invisalign will work best in giving you a beautiful smile.

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