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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
    Examples of crossbite
  • OVERLY CROWDED
    Examples of crowded teeth
  • OPEN BITE
    Examples of open bite
  • OVERBITE
    Examples of an overbite
  • GAPPED TEETH
    Examples of spaced teeth
  • UNDERBITE
    Examples of underbite
before & after pics
A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at the results of actual teen patients.
underbite
Underbite Before Invisalign Treatment
Underbite After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Holliday (28 months)
gapped teeth
Spaced Teeth Before Invisalign Treatment
Spaced Teeth After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Bentz (22 months)
overjet
Overjet Before Invisalign Treatment
Overjet After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Bhatia (16 months)
overbite
Overbite Before Invisalign Treatment
Overbite After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Tam (22 months)
open bite
Open Bite Before Invisalign Treatment
Open Bite After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Crouse (9 months)
overly crowded
Crowded Teeth Before Invisalign Treatment
Crowded Teeth After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Kim (16 months)
crossbite
Crossbite Before Invisalign Treatment
Crossbite After Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment by Dr. Bhatia (26 months)

These images are presented for reference purposes only and are not intended to represent actual results a future Invisalign patient will achieve. Treatment times and results will vary by patient.

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
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