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, because 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.

INVISALIGN BRACES COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL BRACES

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.

Comparison of traditional metal braces vs. Invisalign braces available in San Diego to patients from Hillcrest and Mission Hills.
Below is a quick comparison chart showing the similarities and differences between removable Invisalign braces and non-removable, traditional braces.

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
RemovableX
Virtually invisibleXX
Allows you to brush and floss normallyX
Consists of smooth plasticX
Fewer dentist visitsX
Invisalign Teen: Up to 6 free replacement bracesX
Reduces or Eliminates gum and mouth irritationX

LINGUAL BRACES

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

Ceramic braces blend in with your teeth, and the accompanying 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

Due to their clearly visible wires and rubber bands, metal braces are often not the most attractive brace option. Additionally, they are not removable.

Sometimes the metal wires can poke the inside of the mouth, which can create mouth sores and irritate the gums. Another drawback is that you must be careful about what you eat. Brushing and flossing are also more difficult with wire braces.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INVISALIGN BRACES AND TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES IN SAN DIEGO

If you have any questions about the differences between Invisalign and traditional braces, please give us a call here in San Diego! Dr. Ortega and his team are happy to serve Hillcrest and Mission Hills by providing the information you need when it comes to straightening teeth!