If you are unhappy with your smile and considering your options for orthodontic treatment, we want you to get the most out of your treatment plan, and that’s why we’re sharing the benefits of invisible braces vs metal braces.  

Straightening your teeth does more than give you a beautiful smile; it corrects your bite, aligns your jaw and improves your oral health because straight teeth are easier to clean.


Invisible Braces vs Metal Braces: What’s the Difference? 

Invisalign invisible braces and conventional metal braces both straighten your teeth and improve your dental health. The critical difference is the teeth straightening system.  


  • Invisalign

Invisalign is a discrete orthodontic system that uses personalised aligner trays made from transparent BPA-free thermoplastic. Your dentist makes digital images of your teeth using an iTero intraoral scanner so your trays can be customised for your smile. The 3D software also allows you to view each stage of your progress before you begin your treatment. 

Each set of trays is worn for two weeks, for 22 hours a day and gradually moves your teeth into the desired position. The treatment times vary based on the complexity of your case but on average, takes 18-24 months. 


  • Metal braces  

Traditional metal braces use archwires that are maneuvered between brackets that are cemented to your teeth to gently and slowly force your teeth into position. Dentists recommend metal braces for more complex orthodontic cases, and the treatment time typically takes about 24 months.


Advantages of Invisible Braces

  • Discrete

The aligner trays are clear and made from thin plastic, so they are barely noticeable.

They are a more discrete option for adolescents and adults who may be embarrassed to wear traditional metal braces in social or professional settings.

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  • Removable

Invisalign invisible braces are removable, so there is no need to modify your diet or hygiene regimen. However, for the best results ensure you’re wearing your aligners 22 hours each day.  


  • Comfortable 

Invisible braces are made of smooth, clear plastic, so there are no wires or brackets to cause mouth abrasions or sores.  


  • Follow up visits

You’ll spend less time in the dental chair than with traditional metal braces because you change the aligners yourself every couple of weeks. You will still need to meet with your dentist about once every six weeks so they can monitor your progress.  


Advantages of Metal Braces


  • Fixed in place

Metal braces adhere to the tooth’s surface with dental cement for the duration of the treatment. This makes them an ideal option for preteens and patients who are worried about misplacing aligners or who lack the self-discipline to wear them for the required period. 


  • Affordable

Conventional metal braces are typically more affordable than invisible braces because they don’t require 3D imaging to take impressions to fabricate a customised orthodontic system. 


  •  Corrects complicated orthodontic issues

Traditional metal braces are more effective at treating rotated canines and back tooth bite problems and other complex dental problems.   


Call Glebe Dental Group to Arrange Your Orthodontic Consultation

In the debate of invisible braces vs metal braces, there is no right answer because the teeth straightening system you choose depends on your smile. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, call our practice on (02) 9159 6816 to book a consultation to discuss your smile goals.