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Invisalign vs. Braces

The sheer number of options that are available to you when it comes to correcting misaligned teeth can feel overwhelming at times. There are typically two different approaches that are utilized in orthodontics, and these approaches are both effective at addressing problems associated with malocclusion.

Both Invisalign and more conventional braces are viable treatment options, and their prices are roughly comparable. It's possible that the option that's best for you is simply the one that you like better and that works better with your way of life. Every treatment has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.


What Exactly Are Conventional Braces Like?

When you get traditional braces, the "buttons" made of metal that are cemented to your teeth are called brackets. Your bite will gradually change as a result of the placement of a wire that follows the full arch of your teeth. Regular adjustments will be made by either your dentist or an orthodontist. These adjustments are what will coax your new smile into existence.

What Is Invisalign?

Even though Invisalign treatment hasn't been around for as long as traditional braces, it has swiftly established itself as the method of choice for a significant number of patients and orthodontic specialists. This method, which has been used for the past two decades, entails donning a series of aligners made of clear, rigid plastic that are worn over the teeth. Before moving on to the next set of trays, each pair of these trays is worn for a total of fourteen days.

The movement of your teeth is caused by the pressure that is applied to them by the aligners. Because each set of trays is molded differently, the teeth adjust to the new shape gradually over the course of the treatment, week after week, until the desired outcomes have been achieved.

Invisalign Pros

Because the aligners used in Invisalign are transparent, the majority of the people you talk to won't even notice that you are wearing them while you are doing so. This makes Invisalign one of the most appealing orthodontic options available today. This is an excellent option for people who might experience feelings of self-consciousness when wearing metal braces.


The fact that the aligners can be removed easily is yet another benefit of using Invisalign. Because of this, maintaining proper oral hygiene is now easier than it has ever been.

Patients who use Invisalign adore the fact that they do not need to make any dietary adjustments while they are undergoing treatment. Because the aligners need to be removed prior to eating, you won't have any limitations placed on the kinds of food that you can consume while wearing them.

Because Invisalign makes use of such cutting-edge technology, we are able to provide you with a preview of what your finished smile will appear to be like. Additionally, we are able to obtain a reasonably accurate estimate of how long your treatment will last. Patients have a strong preference for this aspect of Invisalign, which helps to explain the product's overall favorable reception.

Invisalign Cons

Patients who lead very active lives may find it difficult to keep their aligners clean and to remove them before eating and drinking because it disrupts their routines. Having to do this can also be embarrassing, especially if you are at a public place like a restaurant eating with other people.

It is somewhat inconvenient to have to brush your teeth after eating in order to put your aligners back in your mouth, but this is a necessary step that must be taken. This is especially important to keep in mind whenever you are out in public and cannot immediately access a restroom.

Your doctor will advise you to wear your Invisalign aligners at all times so that the treatment can proceed as planned. It is recommended that you sleep for at least 22 hours each day. Even though this is a significant improvement over having to wear metal braces all the time, some people still find it difficult to comply with this rule.

Advantages of Conventional Braces

In contrast to Invisalign, traditional braces are able to treat a wider variety of orthodontic issues. For example, the only way to close large gaps between teeth, move a tooth that is set high in the gum, or correct a severe underbite is to wear orthodontic appliances such as braces.

Another benefit of having braces is that your treatment will be relatively undemanding. Because they are bonded to your teeth, you do not need to be concerned about maintaining their cleanliness.

Cons of Wearing Traditional Braces

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The appearance of the appliances is the primary drawback that prevents patients from continuing treatment with traditional braces. The fact that this orthodontic option involves metal makes it unattractive to most people, which is sufficient motivation for them to avoid it. (Thank goodness, there are choices available in ceramic!)

Cleaning your braces is a tedious task that not only requires a lot of time and attention but also calls for the use of specific tools in order to be done in an effective manner.

When compared to the pressure exerted by the Invisalign system, the force exerted by braces on the teeth is typically more irritating. In addition to that, you have sharp metal wires and rough brackets, both of which have the potential to irritate your skin.

The use of traditional braces can also make it impossible for you to play certain wind instruments in a band, or at the very least significantly increase the difficulty of the task, and they may temporarily impair your ability to speak.

Where in Summerlin Can One Obtain Orthodontic Services

It is time to make an appointment with Dr. Cohan at Summerlin Dental Solutions in Summerlin if you have been thinking about how orthodontic treatment could help improve the appearance of your smile.

During your consultation, we will gladly discuss your concerns and goals in order to determine the type of orthodontic treatment that will be most beneficial for you.

We are excited to be a part of the process that will change the appearance of your smile. Give us a call right this minute!



Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.


851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160