Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

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A smile is an important part of a person’s appearance. Having a beautiful smile can give you a boost in your self-esteem. Some people are naturally endowed with beautifully aligned teeth but for others, a little help is needed.

If you want straight teeth, a visit to the dentist can offer a solution. Braces can align your teeth, giving you the smile that you desire. When it comes to choosing alignment devices, you have the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces.

The Appearance

The main difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is their appearance. The reason why most adults choose Invisalign is the fact that they are discreet. They are not as noticeable as traditional braces. This means you can get the alignment that you need without all the metal. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic, making them virtually undetectable.

Comfort Factor

Getting your teeth straightened is not the most comfortable feeling whichever aligners you may use. The process of trying to shift the teeth to a new position can be painful. However, Invisalign is generally more comfortable because the aligners apply less pressure on the teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners do not have sharp edges that can cut into the lip or tongue. The good news is that you get used to aligners or braces over time and the discomfort will end.

The Convenience

If you are looking for convenience, Invisalign may be the right option for you. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove the aligners before you eat and when you need to clean your teeth. Wearing traditional braces will mean that you cannot eat certain foods.

If you are prone to losing things or forgetting to wear your aligners, traditional braces are better for you. Some people find it inconvenient to remove aligners before eating, especially in public or social situations.


Traditional braces have been around for decades and they are quite effective when it comes to straightening teeth. The braces are worn permanently until the treatment is complete. Invisalign aligners are removable, which means that the patient can take them out at will.

This may be convenient but it can also mean that they may be worn for less than the recommended time. Failing to wear the aligners for the recommended time will hamper their effectiveness.

Cleaning and Care

Cleaning your teeth is easier with Invisalign. By removing the aligners before you brush and floss, you do not require extra effort in your oral routine. If you wear traditional braces, cleaning your teeth will require more effort. You need to be careful about any food stuck in the wires. You need to use a smaller brush and you are likely to take longer. On the other hand, you only need to take care of the trays when you choose Invisalign. Cleaning the aligners requires additional care and effort.

Choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces comes down to your preference. Talk to the dentist about the cost of each option and make the best choice based on your preference. The condition of your teeth will also determine the right option. Whether you choose Invisalign or traditional braces, you need to ensure that you keep up with regular orthodontic appointments.

For more on the best braces for you, visit Today's Family Dental at our office in Tampa, Florida. You can also call (813) 370-1700 to schedule an appointment today.