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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which is Right for Me?

Invisalign or Traditional Braces?

Many of our adult patients come to us with the desire for a straight, beautiful smile — but with today’s advances in orthodontics, knowing which option they should choose can be daunting.

Whether you’re ready to start out on your orthodontic journey or are preparing your teen to start theirs, here are a few tips to help make the choice easier.

Metal Braces

Also referred to as the ‘traditional’ form of braces, metal braces are the most widely used form of orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces have metal brackets that hold wires into place over your teeth. Over time, these wires are adjusted in order to force your teeth to shift.

In comparison to Invisalign, metal braces are not removable — which can either be a pro or a con for some patients. Traditional braces have been around for years and remain one of the most cost-effective orthodontic solutions. With aesthetics in mind, there have been improvements in their design. Today, metal braces have smaller brackets, making them less noticeable.

Treatment Time

Your treatment time depends on your goals and any dental problems that need to be addressed. In general, patients may need to keep their braces on for 12 to 30 months. You will need to visit the office frequently so our team can adjust your brackets.


Invisalign braces revolutionized the way we straighten our patients’ smiles. This orthodontic treatment is virtually invisible; formed from a 3D printed image of your teeth, the clear aligners straighten your smile over time without the need for metal brackets. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can be removed — making it great for teens or adults alike who don’t want to worry about damaging their braces while they eat.

While Invisalign may be the better aesthetic choice, they may not fit your budget. These aligners are often more expensive than traditional braces.f price is a concern, you may want to speak to your dentist so they can properly advise you.

Treatment Time

The average length of treatment for braces or Invisalign® wearers is about 16 months. Aligners are changed every 2 weeks as your teeth gradually and gently shift into the proper position.

Orthodontic Treatments in Nilda M. Woolard, DDS

The differences between braces and Invisalign® are obvious – one includes metal wires and brackets affixed to the teeth, while Invisalign® involves virtually invisible aligner trays that must be removed to eat or clean or your teeth.

No matter which orthodontic treatment you choose, you will be on your way to your dream smile. Choosing the type of braces that’s right for you is a personal decision — but our team can help provide you with the information to make your choice easier.

Dr. Nilda M. Woolard, DDS and her staff provide high-quality orthodontic care. If you are interested in traditional braces, contact our office to learn more about your options.

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