Are Traditional Braces Better Than Invisalign?

Are Traditional Braces Better Than Invisalign?

In the not-so-distant past, your only orthodontic treatment option was traditional metal braces. But now, teens and adults have other choices, including the Invisalign® clear aligner system. 

Dr. Roberto Palmieri proudly offers Invisalign here at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina. Below, he looks at how metal braces stack up against clear aligners.

Are traditional braces better than Invisalign?

Edward Angle invented metal braces at the turn of the 20th century, a contribution to orthodontics that transformed millions of lives. 

But even with advances in technology and improved equipment, metal braces, while effective, are known for causing pain and discomfort. And, of course, the hard-to-hide metal can take a toll on your self-esteem and discourage you from sharing your smile with the world. 

While there’s a time and place for traditional metal braces 一 such as a case of severe malocclusion 一 Invisalign has many advantages over traditional metal braces:


One of the more alluring aspects of Invisalign is that the BPA-free trays are clear, making Invisalign much less noticeable than the telltale metal brackets and wires. This type of discretion appeals to both adults and children. 


Studies show that individuals who opt for clear aligners instead of fixed orthodontic appliances report fewer lesions and blisters and less overall soreness. These results make sense as the aligners are made of smooth, soft plastic. 

Metal brackets and wires are notorious for cuts and other irritations, especially for those who may have metal sensitivities.


Metal braces are secured in your mouth with cement and aren’t removable. This can make flossing difficult, though not impossible. Invisalign trays are removable, making brushing and flossing much easier. 

With Invisalign, there’s no need to fuss with rubber bands. Simply wear your trays for 20-22 hours each day, remove them to eat or brush your teeth, and replace them every 1-2 weeks or as directed by Dr. Palmieri. Easy!

Is Invisalign right for you?

While some individuals may benefit from metal braces, many people 一 over 12 million and counting 一 have relied on Invisalign clear aligners to straighten crooked teeth and close gaps.

And Invisalign doesn’t stop there. This highly advanced system can also treat mild to moderate malocclusion, including overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite.

Invisalign might be the better option if you want to transform your smile, improve functionality, and boost your self-esteem. But the only way to know for sure is with a thorough evaluation.

Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Palmieri is happy to discuss all of your orthodontic concerns and aesthetic goals during a free consultation. Call us at 704-247-6336 or book your appointment via our simple online form.

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