Major Differences between Invisalign and Braces

Major Differences between Invisalign and Braces

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Braces and Invisalign are two types of orthodontic treatments that can straighten your teeth, but while they are similar in some ways, they also have some major differences. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we can help you decide which treatment is best for giving you the smile you want.


Perhaps the best-known orthodontic treatment, this system uses metal brackets that are bonded to teeth and a wire that applies pressure to move teeth. They can perform more complex corrections including vertical movements, but you may have some food restrictions. Treatment may also be more affordable depending on the type of bracket you choose.


This treatment has become quite popular since being introduced in 1999. It uses clear, removable aligner trays. You can slip them out for meals or to brush your teeth, so you will not need to change your diet or lifestyle. However, they cannot make as many diverse movements as brackets and wires, which means they may have some limitations for some patients. They can also be more expensive than other types of treatments. The smooth aligners are clear and more aesthetically appealing, and they are less likely to irritate sensitive oral tissues than the metal brackets.

Straightening your teeth can give you a smile that is more attractive and healthy. An aligned bite puts less pressure on the jaw joint, and teeth that are spaced correctly are easier to clean. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

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