Here Are the Key Differences Between Invisalign® and Traditional Braces

Apr 02, 2023
Here Are the Key Differences Between Invisalign® and Traditional Braces
Tempted to straighten your teeth but can’t decide between Invisalign® and traditional braces? Both options can improve your smile, but they work very differently. Keep reading to learn more.

It’s hard to resist the appeal of a straighter, more even smile, especially when your teeth have significant imperfections. However, your options to correct them have changed in recent decades — you no longer have to turn to traditional braces to get the results you crave. 

At Dentistry on Park, Dr. Daniil Payziyev and our team trust Invisalign® to correct a wide range of dental issues, from minor to complex. Confused about whether to go with Invisalign or traditional braces? Here are the key differences between these treatments.

Getting straighter teeth with Invisalign

The most obvious difference in Invisalign is that this system uses clear, removable trays to straighten your teeth — not permanently fixed brackets and wires — thanks to Invisalign’s advanced technology.

Your journey to straighter teeth with Invisalign begins with the 3D iTero Element® digital scanner. This imaging system captures 6,000 images per second to create your customized treatment plan. And with the ClinCheck® software, there’s no guesswork involved when calculating the precise movements required to make even the smallest correction.

But that’s not all. Invisalign’s advanced technology gives you a sneak peek at your new and improved smile before you even begin, so you know what to expect from the very beginning.

Once we create your straightening plan, we produce your custom-made aligners. They have a snug fit, so you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place. And, since they’re clear, people barely notice when you’re wearing them. 

As you progress with your straightening plan, wear your custom-made aligners for 20-22 hours each day and change sets every 1-2 weeks, as directed.

Getting straighter teeth with traditional braces

Invisalign can solve most teeth alignment issues, especially with the addition of SmartForce® attachments that can manage complex movements. Plus, they work discreetly, predictably, and more comfortably than traditional braces. However, traditional braces also provide effective solutions for a straighter smile.

Since traditional braces permanently attach to your teeth throughout your treatment program, you get a “set it and forget it” option. You don’t have to keep track of how long you wear them or what tray you’re on, and there’s no worry about losing them when you take them out to eat, drink, or clean. Just visit the orthodontist regularly for adjustments, and then they remove them at the end of your treatment.

Traditional braces can also be helpful if you have complex orthodontic issues or multiple alignment problems to correct at one time.

So, while Invisalign offers extraordinary teeth straightening solutions, they may only be right for some. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide on your own. 

If you’d like to straighten your smile, our team at Dentistry on Park can perform an exam and discuss your goals and lifestyle. Then, we can make personalized recommendations on your ideal teeth-straightening solution.

Want a straighter, more even smile? Schedule a consultation at Dentistry on Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York today.