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Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces

Learn more about the key differences between these two popular braces types.

Whether you’ve decided that it’s time to get braces or our Denver dentists Dr. Steven Wilk and Dr. Jeffrey Revoir have told your teen that they could benefit from braces, you may be looking through the different orthodontic treatment options to figure out which one is best suited for you or your teen.

While Invisalign has certainly become a popular way to treat crooked, misaligned teeth, traditional braces are still popular because they offer their own unique advantages too. Here’s what you should know about these two orthodontic treatments,


Following your treatment plan may be easier with traditional braces 

Since traditional braces are bonded to the front of your teeth you can’t take them off. This means that there is 100 percent compliance with patients who get traditional braces. While one of the benefits of Invisalign is that people can remove their aligners, it’s often tempting to remove them more than they should. If you are dedicated to wearing your aligners around 22 hours out of each day then Invisalign may be a good option for you; however, if you will be too tempted to remove them whenever you want, then traditional braces may be more a better choice.


Traditional braces can efficiently shift the whole teeth

While Invisalign can certainly move teeth into their proper position the pressure is generally placed on the top portion of the tooth, while traditional braces place pressure on the entire tooth. This means that traditional braces reposition the entire tooth, from crown to root, into the ideal spot.


Invisalign offers a serious cosmetic advantage

One of the reasons older teens and adults turn to our Denver dentists to get Invisalign is that these orthodontic aligners are made from completely transparent material, which helps them better blend in with your smile when worn. If you are concerned about how people will perceive you with braces, or you’d rather not have visible braces for your senior photos, then you may want to consider Invisalign.


You don’t have to change your diet with Invisalign 

Aligners are removable and absolutely should be removed prior to eating to prevent discolorations and damage to the aligners. This means that you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about your braces. With traditional braces, you will need to avoid any crunchy, hard, sticky or chewy foods, which can tug and pull braces off.


Ready to sit down with our Denver dental team to discuss Invisalign, traditional braces and your candidacy for braces? Here at Artistic & Family Dental, we love nothing more than helping people get beautiful smiles through the services we offer. To schedule your orthodontic consultation today call us at (303) 758-2980.