Understanding Orthodontics: From Traditional Braces to Invisalign

Orthodontic treatments have come a long way, offering solutions that not only perfect your smile but also align your teeth for better oral health. At Select Dental Office, we provide both traditional braces and Invisalign, giving our patients options that suit their lifestyles and needs. Here’s a detailed look at these two popular orthodontic solutions, helping you make an informed choice for your smile.

Traditional Braces: Proven Effectiveness

Traditional metal braces have been used for decades to correct various dental alignment issues. They consist of metal brackets attached to the teeth, connected by wires and sometimes tiny rubber bands. Here’s why they might be right for you:

  • Effectiveness: Traditional braces are extremely effective at correcting complex tooth issues and can handle more severe cases that aligners might not be able to.
  • Cost: Generally, braces tend to be less expensive than Invisalign.
  • Customizability: Braces come with options for colored bands, which can be appealing to younger patients.

Invisalign: A Modern, Discreet Solution

Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. Aligners are replaced every few weeks to continue teeth movement. Benefits include:

  • Aesthetics: Invisalign is nearly invisible, making it a popular choice for adults and teens who want to avoid the visible wires and brackets of traditional braces.
  • Comfort: With smooth plastic rather than sharp metal, Invisalign is generally more comfortable to wear.
  • Convenience: Aligners are removable, making eating and oral hygiene easier than with traditional braces.

Which is Right for You?

Choosing between traditional braces and Invisalign depends on several factors:

  • Severity of Alignment Issues: Traditional braces are typically recommended for more severe or complex alignment problems.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: If the appearance of braces is a concern, or if you prefer a more discreet treatment, Invisalign might be the better option.
  • Discipline: Invisalign requires discipline to wear the aligners as directed (22 hours per day), which might be challenging for some.

Orthodontic Consultation at Select Dental Office

The first step towards a straighter smile and improved oral health is an orthodontic consultation. At Select Dental Office, we’ll discuss your goals, evaluate your oral health, and recommend the best treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.


Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign, Select Dental Office is here to guide you through your orthodontic journey. With advanced solutions and supportive care, we ensure that each patient achieves their best smile and dental health. Contact us today to learn more about your options and start the journey to a perfect smile.

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