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So you finally made the decision to straighten your teeth, what’s next? Traditionally, teeth could only be straightening by using one method– applying metal braces to teeth that would, in time, pressure teeth into place. Though the outcome is desirable, traditional metal braces have been known to be a pain for those who have to wear them. Now, there is many other aesthetically appealing methods that you can consider when straightening your teeth, such as Invisalign.

Invisalign is a newer technology that helps a person straighten their teeth. Invisalign are clear, removable aligners that a person can wear throughout the day. They much resemble a retainer, but instead of there being a metal bar across teeth, there is a clear covering that goes around and shapes the teeth. Even though Invisalign may look better, there is speculation on whether or not traditional braces are more effective. So, how do traditional braces compare to Invisalign?

Physical Appearance

In terms of comparing traditional braces and invisalign on physical appearance, it’s a no brainer. With Invisalign being completely clear, they are more aesthetically appealing. Braces can have clear components on them (most teenagers add color to their braces) but they can never truly be invisible. This is one luxury that only Invisalign can offer.


In terms of removal, Invisalign is also more favorable. These custom fitting trays are designed to be removed for eating, drinking, and brush/floss your teeth. This is better for eating because it is easier to remove any stray food particles from your teeth if there isn’t a metal brace holding them into place. Having braces makes oral hygiene more difficult because the braces are fixed to each tooth. The only way they can be removed is with the help of an orthodontist.


Traditional braces have been known to be irritating for the wearer. Since they are made of metal, they have been known to irritate the gums, lips and cheeks. Both invisalign and traditional braces cause a small bit of discomfort, since they are designed to pressure teeth to shift into place.

Straightening Power

In terms of how well each technique straightens, traditional braces are absolutely a better choice. If you are in need of some heavy tooth shifting, invisalign may not be your best bet. Invisalign has issues rotating teeth, shifting back teeth and with root movements. Traditional braces can do all of these things.


It is difficult to determine how traditional braces and invisalign compare in terms of cost, because every patient is different. At first glance, Invisalign may look more expensive. However, a person may need to wear traditional braces for a longer period of time than most and it could possibly become more costly for that person. It all just depends on how much straightening needs to occur.

If you are looking into Invisalign and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at The Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. We are here to help you with all of your oral health needs!

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