Glendale Invisalign Dentist Compares and Contrasts Invisalign And Traditional Orthodontic Treatment

Written by Dr. McKay on Feb 23, 2016

There are many ways that you can straighten and perfect your natural smile. Many people come to our Glendale cosmetic dentists with questions about Invisalign and traditional orthodontics. So, today our dental team is going to provide some useful information about how these treatments are comparable and how they differ. Keep reading to get a better idea of what type of treatment is appropriate for your smile.

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First of all, the basic materials that are used with Invisalign and conventional orthodontics are quite different. As you probably already know, traditional braces are made of metal—metal brackets and metal wires work together to move teeth into better positions. Invisalign, on the other hand, moves teeth using clear plastic aligners. Invisalign is completely metal free.


When you are living with metal braces, you will likely experience a certain level of oral tissue irritation. This is because the metal brackets and wires are constantly rubbing against the inside of your cheek. Plus, metal brackets and wires stick out—off of your teeth—and are thus likely to accumulate dental debris.

No imagine living with Invisalign aligners. These aligners fit snugly over your teeth, and sit flush against your smile. Rather than coming into contact with metal, your oral tissues glide over smooth plastic. You’ll be able to take your aligners out to eat and drink, so you don’t need to worry about your Invisalign aligners looking unsightly over time.

One more note: with metal braces you will come in regularly to have our dental team tighten your braces. With Invisalign you’ll come in periodically to have your teeth assessed, and to pick up your new aligners.

We hope that after reading this short article you feel a bit more informed about your different orthodontic treatments. As always, our Glendale cosmetic dentists are here to help you in any way possible. So call us if you have any questions!