Invisalign® Vs. Traditional Braces: Which is Best for My Needs?


Orthodontic options such as Invisalign® and traditional braces have both proven effective at straightening teeth and fixing common bite issues; however, they are very different treatment techniques and one may be better than the other for certain patients. While traditional braces can be a more ideal option for patients with severe teeth misalignment or bite problems, Invisalign® can help many people who experience mild to moderate orthodontic issues, as well as those who simply want a more discreet alternative to braces.

Invisalign® offers a number of advantages over traditional braces. Here are a few examples:

  • Invisalign® teeth aligners are clear and virtually invisible along the teeth
  • They are removable for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene routines
  • They typically do not require excessive return trips to the dentist for maintenance
  • They do not involve uncomfortable brackets and wires that can scratch against the cheeks and lips
  • Many people are able to achieve optimal results in less time when compared to braces

On the other hand, Invisalign® requires strict adherence to the treatment regimen. They must be worn as directed most of the day (about 22 hours) in order to work properly, whereas braces can only be taken off by the dentist. Plus, braces offer a more aggressive treatment option for patients who have orthodontic problems that are too significant for Invisalign® to offer the best results.

What are Six Month Smiles® Braces?

Another alternative to Invisalign® and traditional orthodontic braces is the innovative Six Month Smiles® technique. This option offers a kind of “best-of-both-worlds” approach. Six Month Smiles® utilizes clear brackets to provide more discretion during treatment; plus, the braces are designed to be more comfortable and to bring optimal results in much less time than traditional braces. Six Month Smiles® can correct gaps, misalignment, teeth crowding, and other concerns while using less force and pressure. Many patients are able to achieve their goals in about six months with this advanced treatment.

Learn more about Six Month Smiles®.

It’s very important to remember that, regardless of how severe you think your orthodontic issues are, the best way to find out whether Invisalign® or braces treatment is the right option for your needs is to have a comprehensive oral exam. Many patients are candidates for Invisalign®, and many individuals prefer that treatment over other methods because of its variety of benefits. Our dentists at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey can evaluate your needs and talk with you about your options. Ultimately, our goal is to help you successfully improve orthodontic conditions with results that keep you smiling for years to come!

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Editor’s Note: The original version of this post was published on July 29th, 2015.