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Take a look at how Invisalign treatment stacks up against other teeth-straightening options.
         
  Invisalign Teen® Traditional Braces Ceramic Braces Lingual Braces
Description Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over teeth. Aligners are custom-made and changed every two weeks in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position. Traditional braces are stainless steel brackets and wires that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position. Traditional ceramic braces are clear brackets that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires can be either clear or metal. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position. Lingual braces are metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
Aesthetics Virtually invisible. High visibility. Less visible than traditional braces but more visible than lingual braces and Invisalign. Virtually invisible.
Cost The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to that of traditional braces. As with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the cost of orthodontic treatment, based on your specific needs. Other factors may include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, where you live, and additional factors determined by your orthodontist.
Efficacy Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for all of the most common teeth-straightening issues, when worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist. Suitable for nearly all cases. Suitable for most cases from mild to moderate complexity. However, it is more difficult for practitioners to manage lingual brace treatment than it is to treat patients with conventional braces.
Oral Hygiene Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing. Therefore, it's easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment. Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces when brushing and flossing. For these reasons, there is a general tendency toward increased plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation. With lingual appliances, because of their position on the back of the teeth, it is more difficult to brush and floss normally during treatment. This increases the chance of plaque retention and possible tooth decay.
Comfort Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This short-term effect is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Speech may be temporarily affected at the beginning of treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces. Broken brackets and wires can cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your treating practitioner. Lingual appliances can have an effect on the tongue position and may affect speech throughout treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces.
Compliance Research shows that because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient acceptance with Invisalign treatment.1,2 Clinical study data show average teen compliance is just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended.4 High level of compliance—braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. Also, 5% of patients in fixed treatment experience bracket breakage.3
Removable Removable, but aligners should be worn a minimum of 20–22 hours a day to be most effective. Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.

¹Improving Periodontal Health Through Invisalign by Robert L Boyd, DDS, Med

²Invisalign Australia survey among 6 Invisalign Teen Providers. Data on file.

³Bonding in Orthodontics by Björn U. Zachrisson, Tamer Büyükyilmaz

⁴Effectiveness of a Compliance Indicator for Clear Aligners by Orhan C. Tuncay DMD, S. Jay Bowman DMD, Jonathan L. Nicozisis DMD, Brian D. Amy DDS

Invisalign Teen® Traditional Braces Ceramic Braces Lingual Braces
+ description
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over teeth. Aligners are custom-made and changed every two weeks in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
+ description
Traditional braces are stainless steel brackets and wires that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
+ description
Traditional ceramic braces are clear brackets that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires can be either clear or metal. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
+ description
Lingual braces are metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
+ aesthetics
Virtually invisible.
+ aesthetics
High visibility.
+ aesthetics
Less visible than traditional braces but more visible than lingual braces and Invisalign.
+ aesthetics
Virtually invisible.
+ cost
The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to that of traditional braces. As with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the cost of orthodontic treatment, based on your specific needs. Other factors may include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, where you live, and additional factors determined by your orthodontist.
+ efficacy
Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for all of the most common teeth-straightening issues, when worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist.
+ efficacy
Suitable for nearly all cases.
+ efficacy
Suitable for nearly all cases.
+ efficacy
Suitable for most cases from mild to moderate complexity. However, it is more difficult for practitioners to manage lingual brace treatment than it is to treat patients with conventional braces.
+ oral hygiene
Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing. Therefore, it's easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.
+ oral hygiene
Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces when brushing and flossing. For these reasons, there is a general tendency toward increased plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation.
+ oral hygiene
Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces when brushing and flossing. For these reasons, there is a general tendency toward increased plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation.
+ oral hygiene
With lingual appliances, because of their position on the back of the teeth, it is more difficult to brush and floss normally during treatment. This increases the chance of plaque retention and possible tooth decay.
+ comfort
Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This short-term effect is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Speech may be temporarily affected at the beginning of treatment.
+ comfort
Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces. Broken brackets and wires can cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your treating practitioner.
+ comfort
Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces. Broken brackets and wires can cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your treating practitioner.
+ comfort
Lingual appliances can have an effect on the tongue position and may affect speech throughout treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces.
+ compliance
Research shows that because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient acceptance with Invisalign treatment.3,4 Clinical study data show average teen compliance is just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended.4
+ compliance
High level of compliance—braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. Also, 5% of patients in fixed treatment experience bracket breakage.3
+ compliance
High level of compliance—braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. Also, 5% of patients in fixed treatment experience bracket breakage.3
+ compliance
High level of compliance—braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. Also, 5% of patients in fixed treatment experience bracket breakage.3
+ removable
Removable, but aligners should be worn a minimum of 20–22 hours a day to be most effective.
+ removable
Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.
+ removable
Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.
+ removable
Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.

¹Improving Periodontal Health Through Invisalign by Robert L Boyd, DDS, Med

²Invisalign Australia survey among 6 Invisalign Teen Providers. Data on file.

³Bonding in Orthodontics by Björn U. Zachrisson, Tamer Büyükyilmaz

⁴Effectiveness of a Compliance Indicator for Clear Aligners by Orhan C. Tuncay DMD, S. Jay Bowman DMD, Jonathan L. Nicozisis DMD, Brian D. Amy DDS

got a gap? a case of crooked?
Invisalign® can treat a wide variety of teeth-straightening issues facing teens. Chances are, it will work for you.
  • CROSSBITE
  • OVERLY CROWDED
  • OPEN BITE
  • OVERBITE
  • GAPPED TEETH
  • UNDERBITE
before & after pics
A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at the results of actual teen patients.
Invisalign® vs. braces
See all the advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces.
Invisalign Braces
Clear aligners are virtually invisible Visible brackets and wires
Smooth comfortable plastic aligners Wires can poke and irritate mouth
Aligners are removable for easy cleaning Brushing and flossing require more effort
Eat whatever you want Many food restrictions

Invisalign

  • Clear aligners are virtually invisible
  • Smooth comfortable plastic aligners
  • Aligners are removable for easy cleaning
  • Eat whatever you want

Braces

  • Visible brackets and wires
  • Wires can poke and irritate mouth
  • Brushing and flossing require more effort
  • Many food restrictions
ecards
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unbrace your smile

Invisalign Teen® straightens your teeth without the

restrictions of metal braces, so you can have the

confidence to show that smile every day.

unbrace your voice

Let your parents know why Invisalign Teen®

might be a better choice for you.

unbrace your life

Don’t let metal wires and brackets hold you back from

enjoying all the things you want to do.

With Invisalign Teen®, you’ll never miss a moment.

amanda steele
Amanda Steele tells us about her experience with braces and how excited she is about switching to Invisalign Teen.
what is Invisalign®?
  • Invisalign uses a custom-made series of clear, comfortable aligners that you wear over your teeth.
  • You simply pop in a new set of aligners every two weeks.
  • Your teeth gradually shift into place.
say "cheese!"
With yearbook photos, prom pics and sharing selfies do you really want to be immortalized with a mouthful of metal? With clear aligners, no one needs to know you’re even in treatment. So go ahead and show off that smile.
how it works
cheat sheet for chatting
with your parents
Not sure how to approach your parents about getting Invisalign? We've got you covered. Use this as a guide for talking to them.
Invisalign vs braces
See all the advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces.
play on
Invisalign aligners are removable. This is huge if you play sports or a musical instrument. With braces, it’s hard to perform at your best knowing you could get hit in the mouth with a ball, or cut your lip trying to hit that note on the trumpet.
10 things parents need
to know about Invisalign
Let’s face it—your parents are gonna have questions. Luckily, we have the answers right here. All you need to do is share it with them.
share
send an ecard
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before and after pics
A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at how Invisalign changed the smiles of these actual teen patients.
you have a choice!
It’s your life and you deserve the chance to enjoy it without metal braces getting in the way. With Invisalign, there’s a better, more modern way to straighten your teeth. Keep exploring to learn why it could be the best choice for you.
what it treats
no one has to know
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so your friends probably won’t even know you’re wearing them.
freedom with food!
With braces, things like popcorn and gum are off-limits. Even something as simple as eating an apple can bend and damage your brackets. With Invisalign removable aligners, you’re free to eat whatever you want!
unbrace your life
Don’t let metal wires and brackets hold you back from enjoying all the things you want to do. With Invisalign Teen, you’ll never miss a moment.
unbrace your smile
Invisalign Teen straightens your teeth without the restrictions of metal braces, so you can have the confidence to show that smile every day.
keep it clean
Invisalign lets you floss and brush normally to maintain proper oral hygiene. Simply removing your aligners is a lot easier than trying to thread dental floss through a series of fixed wires and brackets.
what teens are saying
invisalign treatment
comparison chart
Wanna see how Invisalign treatment stacks up against other teeth-straightening options?
got a gap? a case of
crooked? no problem.
Whether you have an overbite or a wide gap, Invisalign can treat the most common teeth-straightening issues facing teens. Chances are, it will work for you.
how affordable can it be?
find your comfort zone
Invisalign has no sharp wires to poke your cheeks, and no brackets to rub away at the inside of your mouth. Your aligners are made of smooth, high-tech plastic, custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth.
unbrace your voice
Let your parents know why Invisalign Teen might be a better choice for you.