Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces

There are two main choices for straightening teeth, Invisalign, and traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear braces are a wonderful treatment that can provide many amazing benefits. However, while Invisalign is a great option for some patients, there are patients with more severe orthodontic issues that are better suited to traditional metal braces. Below you will find some additional details about how Invisalign compares to traditional metal braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

  • Metal brackets and wires can pinch, poke, and irritate delicate oral tissues.metal braces 2
  • Require more effort, time, and patience to keep clean.
  • Can cause increased food restrictions and limitations on activities.
  • Are glued to teeth and cannot be taken out.
  • Often require longer treatment times.


  • orthodontic-clear-bracesThe aligners are smooth and comfortable.
  • Aligners are removable for participating in activities and easy cleaning.
  • Removable aligners allow you to eat what you want, when you want.
  • Aligners are nearly invisible, so no one will be able to tell you are straightening your teeth but you.
  • Treatment times are often reduced compared to metal braces.
  • Treatment usually requires less trips to the office for exams.

Which Treatment Is Better For You?

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear braces often treat many of the same orthodontic issues. Both deal with overbites and underbites, as well as spacing issues and crowding. However, if patients have severe malocclusion, metal braces are generally considered to be a better option. In many cases, both of the options listed above can achieve the same results. Therefore, the proper treatment for your needs will depend on your unique personality and individual preferences. If you are considering orthodontic care, Dr. Rosenbaum will carefully evaluate your teeth and help you choose the most appropriate treatment option for you.

Advantages Of Invisalign

Here are some of the reasons that Invisalign has become a more popular option than traditional braces:

  1. Added Convenience: With metal braces, patients have regular visits to the orthodontist and can expect long treatment times. Alternatively, Invisalign patients wear a series of clear plastic aligners that are replaced every other week. These aligners can easily and conveniently be removed for eating or practicing good dental hygiene habits. On the other hand, patients with braces must avoid certain foods, forgo some activities, and work harder to keep their braces and teeth clean.
  2. Improved Appearance: One of the top reasons that Dr. Rosenbaum’s patients prefer Invisalign over traditional metal braces is appearance. Metal braces can make it hard to focus on anything but the unattractive bulk of wires and brackets. However, Invisalign offers a virtually invisible alternative that won’t hide the beauty of your smile! Additionally, Invisalign patients offer aligners that are nearly invisible to those looking at your smile.
  3. Enhanced Comfort: The brackets and wires from traditional metal braces can often irritate gums, scratch oral tissues, and lacerate the inside of your mouth. Tightening the wires can also be painful. But most Invisalign patients say they experience only mild discomfort with their treatment. Moreover, the thin plastic material of the aligners is smooth and won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.
  4. Reduced Treatment Length: Patients with traditional braces often require years of uncomfortable treatment to get the results they desire. However, most patients find that treatment with Invisalign is faster and requires fewer visits to Dr. Rosenbaum. In fact, most patients experience exceptional results in 12 to 18 months!
  5. Easier Oral Hygiene: Traditional metal brackets from braces can trap food, make normal dental hygiene difficult, and create discoloration of teeth. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating and normal oral hygiene, so patients can easily ensure that their smiles will always be clean, healthy, and beautiful.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Rosenbaum For My Invisalign Treatment?

  • Dr. Rosenbaum’s extensive experience with Invisalign sets her apart from the competition.
  • Dr. Rosenbaum and her staff are committed to creating ideal smiles for patients that want great results without the discomfort of wires and brackets.
  • The team at NorthPointe Family Dentistry offers top-notch care in a comfortable, safe, clean, and relaxed setting.
  • Dr. Rosenbaum is a great choice for your orthodontic Invisalign treatment because her extensive education and training have given her enhanced skills that are superior to many dentists in the Calgary area and beyond.

Call Now For Questions About Orthodontic Options

To find out whether Invisalign treatment is right for you and your needs, contact us to schedule a consultation or read through the rest of our infosite to learn more. Our specially created infosite has tons of great information about the Invisalign process and how to finance your treatment. Call us now to get started on a beautiful smile today with Invisalign from NorthPointe Family Dentistry!