4 Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

4 Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces


Did you know that orthodontics and the practice of straightening teeth have been around for hundreds of years? While the goal may have remained much the same, the tools and techniques for achieving it have evolved. 

Traditional braces are still widely used and work beautifully, but technology has brought around a new option that may have a few benefits that go above and beyond — and that’s Invisalign. 

Let’s take a closer look at four of the many benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces. 

1. Invisalign is Comfortable and Convenient

Invisalign is more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces. 

Unlike metal brackets and wires that can scrape and poke all the areas inside your mouth, Invisalign is made of soft clear plastic. The aligners sit smoothly and comfortably against your teeth.

They are convenient, too. Traditional braces are bonded to the teeth so they cannot be removed until the orthodontist removes them. Invisalign, on the other hand, can be removed whenever you want them out. Just remember that they are only working while you are wearing them and they should be worn at least 20 to 22 hours every day to stay on track with the treatment timeline. 

2. Invisalign is Almost Invisible

There is no denying you are getting orthodontic treatment when you have traditional braces. Why? Because they are very noticeable and there is nothing you can do about it.  

Invisalign is almost invisible as the clear aligners are difficult to see. Most people won’t even know you are undergoing treatment! This is why Invisalign is such a popular choice amongst teens and adults. 

3. Invisalign Makes It Easy To Maintain Oral Hygiene

When you have traditional braces, you still have to brush and floss your teeth. Some may say doing so is even more imperative during treatment. Yet, you have all of this hardware in your mouth. How do you do it? It can be done, but it does come with some challenges. 

The current oral hygiene routine you have today to keep your mouth healthy will be the same with Invisalign. You simply take out the aligners then brush and floss your teeth. Of course, you will have one added step –  to make sure your aligners are properly cleaned. 

Still, Invisalign offers fewer headaches and less aggravation as it pertains to oral hygiene. 

4. Invisalign Allows You to Eat Your Favorite Foods

Finally, Invisalign allows you to eat anything you want! Because the aligners are removable, you don’t have to worry about what you eat or how you eat it. All you have to do is remove the aligners before consuming your meal. 

Traditional braces require you to avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, chewy, and so forth. It is also recommended that you cut your food into smaller, bite-sized pieces so that you don’t risk breaking your braces with a big bite. 

Some may consider this the best benefit of all. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign 

How long does it take to straighten teeth with Invisalign?

The length of your treatment will depend on your personal orthodontic needs. However, on average it may take anywhere from six to 18 months to complete treatment. 

Can Invisalign handle complex orthodontic issues?

Invisalign is designed to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If complex treatment is needed, an alternative will be recommended, such as traditional braces.  

Learn More About Invisalign

If you want to learn more about Invisalign or want to see if you or your child may be a candidate for the treatment, Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is here for you. 

Contact us at 631-928-8585 to book an appointment at one of our 6 convenient locations — Port Jefferson Station, Wading River, Sayville, Smithtown, Medford, and Patchogue.