Both Invisalign and braces can help you achieve the dream smile you’ve always wished you had. But which option is the right one for you? This is a very common question that patients often ask when they come in for their first consultation appointment. Knowing the differences between the two and what your treatment plans for each would look like will help you make the best decision for how to straighten your smile.

First Step: Talk to an Invisalign Provider

Most providers offer free consultations, which serve as a great opportunity to learn more about your treatment options without the need to make any commitment. A dental professional will be able to tell you more about whether Invisalign might be the right fit for you and your lifestyle, or whether traditional braces is the better option. Dr. Okamura will make sure that you leave your consultation appointment knowing exactly which treatment option is the best option for you so you can be one step closer to a straighter smile.

The Breakdown on Traditional Braces

Most patients are fairly familiar with how traditional braces work to move and shift your teeth. Braces consist of little metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to your teeth When a wire is connected to your brackets, that wire puts a small amount of force on your teeth, forcing your teeth to move. Over time this process moves your teeth into a better, more visually appealing alignment.

The Innovations of Invisalign

Traditional braces have been around for much longer than Invisalign treatments, but there is something to be said for new, modern technology and its benefits. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to apply a small amount of force to your teeth. Much like traditional braces, this same force is what forces your teeth to move into a better alignment.

The stand-out benefits to Invisalign are:


One of the main benefits to Invisalign treatment over traditional braces comes from the fact that Invisalign is removable. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, making keeping your mouth clean and healthy much easier.


Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without it being the first thing someone notices about you. Many adults find that the ability to correct their smile discreetly without having to undergo adult braces is a huge advantage. Braces are more visible, and cannot be removed if you have an upcoming event that you’d rather not be photographed with braces.

Comfort and Convenience

The tooth movement with Invisalign aligners is more gradual, meaning less pain and discomfort for patients. You also don’t need to worry about mouth sores from brackets and wires. Treatment with Invisalign typically has fewer adjustments and fewer emergencies since your aligners are changed weekly, which saves you a lot of time in your busy schedule by avoiding extra orthodontic appointments.

Which Treatment Option Is More Effective?

No matter which orthodontic treatment you use, both treatments are able to effectively move your teeth with low-level force. While one option may seem more appealing over the other depending on your age, both traditional braces and Invisalign will work for patients of all ages, whether you’re looking at orthodontics for children, teens or adults.

The Right Treatment Option For You

Choosing Invisalign or traditional metal braces comes down to your personal preference. The two experiences are quite different and suited to different types of patients. Our top priority is getting you straighter teeth through an orthodontic experience you truly enjoyed. Book a free orthodontic consultation today!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.