Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign


The choice to straighten your teeth can be a difficult one with the variety of options available. Which should you choose? A quick breakdown between the Invisalign and traditional braces can be found below to shed more light on your bright white smile.

  • Traditional braces consist of wires and metallic brackets that are applied to the teeth directly and must be adjusted every month or so by an orthodontist. The brackets are a little more noticeable, and cannot be removed until the end of the process to ensure the best results possible. It can be a little more difficult to eat certain foods like popcorn or brush and floss regularly. The average wear time of braces tends to be longer than Invisalign. Although, tools like the water pik have been created to help with these problems. They can be used to treat more extensive teeth issues and common issues alike.


  • Invisalign plastic trays are made uniquely for each patient. They are clear and transparent, so that they are more inconspicuous. The removeable trays must be worn every day for at least 20 hours a day, but should be taken out every time one eats, drinks, brushes, or flosses their teeth. Patients must get new trays every couple of weeks and meet with their orthodontist every month or so. Invisalign treats the more common teeth problems and the overall time one wears them is often shorter than traditional braces.

The ultimate decision of what to choose relies upon the individual patient and what they discuss with their dentist. We want to see you put your best smile put forward, so if you are considering Invisalign, traditional braces, or just want to know all of your options, schedule a free consultation today with our team at Nicollet Station Dental.