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Invisalign vs Braces

There are two types of braces for teeth: attached traditional braces and removable braces. Invisalign clear braces are removable braces. Metal, lingual, and ceramic braces all belong to the non-removable family of braces.

Straightening teeth can sometimes be a highly complicated process. Every person and every case is unique. As such, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment regimen. It is important to consult with your orthodontist or a trained Invisalign dentist to determine the best course of treatment and the best type of braces for your individual case.


In simple cases, Invisalign clear braces are highly effective in moving and straightening teeth. Unfortunately, in more complicated cases, they may not be the best solution.

Invisalign vs braces and traditional braces in San Diego with Dr. Ortega
Here is a quick comparison chart between removable Invisalign braces and non-removable, traditional braces that highlights the similarities and differences.

ISSUEInvisalignTraditional BracesLingual Braces
Effectively treats crowding,spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbiteXXX
Effectively treats crowding,spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbiteXXX
Straightens your teethXXX
Allows you to eat whatever you wantX
Virtually invisibleXX
Allows you to brush and floss normallyX
Consists of smooth plasticX
Fewer dentist visitsX
Invisalign Teen-Free replacement braces Up to 6 free replacementsX
Reduces or Eliminates gum and mouth irritationX


Lingual braces are totally invisible because they are applied to the inside of the teeth. There are not many orthodontists that can actually perform this procedure, however. These types of braces can also irritate the tongue.


Ceramic braces blend in with your teeth and rubber bands can be exchanged easily. The caveat is that they cost more than metal braces and may need to stay on longer. Each ceramic brace is also bigger than metal braces.


Metal braces are not the most attractive and they are not removable. Sometimes the metal wires can poke, create mouth sores and irritate the gums. An additional drawback is that you must be careful about what you eat. Brushing and flossing are difficult to do with wire braces.

If you have any questions about the differences between Invisalign and traditional braces, please give us a call in San Diego! Dr. Ortega and his team are happy to provide the information you need to make your choice when it comes to straightening teeth!