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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces | Smile Studio - Dr. Mal Braverman

Last updated 6 years ago

If you are unhappy with your smile, you have a few options to get the straight, beautiful teeth you've always wanted. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend either Invisalign or traditional braces to move your teeth to the proper location and alignment. Read on to learn about the differences between traditional braces and Invisalign.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are generally metal, but some can be made from a tooth-colored composite resin or ceramic, making them less noticeable. Brackets and wires are permanent for the duration of treatment and can't be removed until your dentist determines your teeth are in the proper position. Traditional braces can correct complex orthodontic issues.

The cost of metal braces is generally less than that of Invisalign. However, cleaning your teeth with brackets and wires in place can be tricky because you'll need to floss around each band, bracket, and wire. Food can get stuck in the brackets, and some foods, like hard or sticky candy, hard veggies, and gum, can break or damage the braces and are therefore prohibited. Nevertheless, traditional braces are the most effective option in certain cases.


The Invisalign orthodontic system consists of a series of clear plastic trays that you change out yourself every few weeks until you achieve the results you and your dentist discussed. You can take out these trays in order to eat; because they are removable, you can easily maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as you normally would. No one will be able to tell you are wearing braces with the Invisalign system, thanks to their virtually invisible appearance.

Invisalign isn't designed to fix complex dental problems. Some problems with placement and alignment of teeth can't be remedied with these trays. Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces but doesn’t require as many visits to the dentist for adjustments.

If you live in NYC and are interested in either traditional braces or Invisalign, come to Smile Studio. Our cosmetic dentistry office provides the services you need, including dental implants, teeth whitening, and dental veneers. For an appointment, call us at (212) 688-3838 today.


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