How is Invisalign® Different?

When it comes to straightening teeth, braces are often the go-to solution. However, many people hesitate to get braces because of their conspicuous appearance and potential discomfort. Invisalign® is a popular alternative that offers a more subtle and comfortable option. But what exactly is Invisalign®, and how does it differ from traditional metal braces? In this blog post, we’ll explore the key differences between Invisalign® and braces.


One of the most obvious differences between Invisalign® and braces is their appearance. Braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth and connected with wires. They are highly visible and can draw unwanted attention to the wearer’s mouth. In contrast, Invisalign® uses clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made for each patient. They are practically invisible and much less noticeable than braces.


Braces can be uncomfortable and even painful at times due to the pressure they put on the teeth. The brackets and wires can also irritate the inside of the mouth and cause sores. Invisalign® aligners, on the other hand, are made of smooth plastic and are much less likely to cause discomfort or pain. They fit snugly over the teeth and do not require any metal or wires that can cause irritation.


The treatment process for braces involves periodic adjustments by an orthodontist to tighten the wires and move the teeth into the desired position. This can make it difficult to predict how long the treatment will take and when exactly the teeth will be fully straightened. Invisalign®, on the other hand, uses advanced computer imaging technology to map out the entire treatment process from start to finish.


Braces require regular adjustments by an orthodontist, usually every 4-6 weeks. During these appointments, the wires are tightened, and the brackets are adjusted to create the desired teeth movement. Invisalign® aligners are changed every 2 weeks, but the patient can switch them out without having to visit an orthodontist. Braces also require special tools and techniques to clean, such as floss threaders and water picks, whereas Invisalign® aligners can be removed for regular brushing and flossing.

Treatment Time

Typically, Invisalign® treatment takes less time than braces. Braces treatment can last anywhere from 12-36 months, depending on the severity of the case. Invisalign® treatment, on the other hand, usually takes between 6-18 months. This is because Invisalign® aligners are more efficient in moving teeth towards their final alignment, especially when the case is not too severe or complicated.

Doctor Care

With the help of 3D images captured by the iTero Element scanner, your dentist can precisely map out your brand new smile. Based on this comprehensive analysis, a custom treatment plan will be tailored to meet your specific needs. Rest assured that you’ll receive the right treatment plan to achieve the smile you desire.

Custom Treatment

With our outcome simulator, your doctor can meticulously plan every step towards your perfect smile. From the slightest adjustment to your very first aligner, all the way to your radiant new smile. With each new aligner that you change every two weeks, your teeth will gradually move into their desired position. This individualized approach allows for more precise and efficient treatment compared to traditional braces.

Lasting Results

You have completely transformed your smile with the world’s most advanced clear aligner. And now, you can maintain its impeccable appearance with the Vivera retainer – a clear and discreet solution that is custom-made just for you and designed to stand the test of time. With proper use, your Vivera retainer can help preserve your beautiful new smile for years to come.

Food Restrictions

One major drawback of braces is the food restrictions that come with them. Patients have to avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods that could damage the brackets or wires. They also have to be careful not to get food stuck between the brackets and wires. With Invisalign®, these food restrictions do not apply. The aligners can be removed during meals, allowing the patient to eat whatever they want without having to worry about damaging the aligners. However, it is still essential to brush and floss before putting the aligners back on to maintain good oral hygiene.

Invisalign® Treatment by Southern Dental Associates

In summary, Invisalign® offers several advantages over traditional braces. It is less noticeable, more comfortable, easier to maintain, and takes less time. At Southern Dental Associates, we are proud to offer Invisalign® treatment to our patients. Our team of experienced dentists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that will give you the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a confident, radiant smile!

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