Invisalign Treatment or Traditional Braces?

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by La Jolla Dentist | May 29, 2018 | Cosmetic DentistryInvisalign

Whether you’re interested in orthodontic treatment for yourself or for a loved one, there comes a time when you need to weigh the different orthodontic options out there. At La Jolla Dental Image, we offer both Invisalign treatment and Power Braces while we can also refer you to a different orthodontist for traditional braces. Traditional braces might seem more appealing because they are cheaper, but do you really know the difference between Invisalign and braces? Continue reading to find out if Invisalign treatment or traditional braces are the right treatment option for your lifestyle.


When it comes to comfort, there’s no match that traditional braces are as comfortable as Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are made from a thin plastic that is molded to fit your teeth exactly. Using small changes each time you switch your aligners, your teeth will gradually shift into their ideal position. The clear aligners are comfortable to wear and you will find that you won’t scratch up the sides of your mouth or tongue with this option.

Traditional braces, on the other hand, are not as comfortable. With metal brackets and wires lining your teeth, it’s common for the sides of your mouth to scrape against the metal brackets and develop cuts and sores. Many patients also visit us with cut up lips and tongues. Occasionally, the wire can come loose and start poking at your gums which can be an unpleasant feeling. Lastly, your braces are tightened every 6 weeks all at once, which can leave your mouth sore for days following. The process of orthodontic treatment is not fun, especially with all of the pain involved. Although you can still have sore teeth with Invisalign, you’re less likely to experience the same level of discomfort that traditional braces will give you.


It’s no question that Invisalign clear aligners are a more attractive option over traditional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, making your orthodontic treatment a secret between you and our La Jolla dentist. Meanwhile, with traditional braces, your metal brackets are put on display for the whole world to see. If you’re one who cares about what people think of their smile, you might want to avoid traditional metal braces. People of all ages can feel comfortable wearing Invisalign clear aligners.

Convenience and Oral Health

One of the top concerns with traditional braces is the list of foods you cannot eat. When you eat the restricted foods, you risk breaking your brackets which can force you to spend more time in the chair that you don’t want. When it comes to convenience, Invisalign is your top choice. Invisalign allows you to remove the aligners for eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. This means you can eat whatever you want and brush your teeth without missing hard to reach spots like you would with braces. This helps you maintain a healthy smile and not miss out on any delicious food.

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation in La Jolla Today

If you think that Invisalign might be the better orthodontics option for you due to its many benefits when in comparison to traditional braces, it’s time to give our La Jolla dentist a call today or fill out our online contact form to schedule your next appointment.