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Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign®

Not everyone is born with a Hollywood smile, and teeth straightening has been an ever-growing, fast-developing field of orthodontics. Conventionally, braces are the first thing that comes to mind, but nowadays more and more dentists recommend Invisalign®  as a better alternative. While these two options deliver very similar results, Invisalign offers more comfortable teeth straightening experience, than traditional braces.

Metal Braces

Crooked teeth, overcrowding, underbite, and overbite are just a few of the dental problems metal braces effectively correct. However, there is a number of limitations associated with wearing brackets. Firstly, it’s a time-consuming process and takes about 2-3 years on average to metamorphose your smile. Secondly, there are certain unpleasant side effects brace-wearers often experience, not to mention the pain. Because of the specific way each bracket is attached to your tooth, some parts become harder to clean. Insufficient brushing and flossing of these hard-to-reach areas may result in some discoloration, plaque, and even decay. Thirdly, there are restrictions when it comes to food and beverages you can enjoy. Throughout the entire period of wearing brackets, you should be able to say no to crunchy, sweet and chewy foods.


Unlike braces, Invisalign® removable, clear trays are virtually undetectable. They offer more flexibility since the trays can be removed and reinserted with ease, which allows you to maintain proper oral care routine and eat whatever you wish, as long as you’re wearing Invisalign®  for 22 hours a day. Invisalign®  wearers tend to experience less irritation and swelling than people who wear metal braces since the plastic trays don’t stick out. Invisalign®  also offers you the teeth straightening results in a much shorter time frame of more or less 1 year.
Have you noticed, that people with straight teeth smile more? With a little help from our professional orthodontists, don’t let the fear of a metal smile stop you from looking and feeling your best. Schedule an appointment with Lindner Dental Associates by submitting our contact form online or calling 603-944-9196 and get the smile you’ve always wanted!