Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

If you want straighter teeth, then you have multiple options for orthodontic care. Invisalign and traditional braces can both help you achieve the results you want, and each has its own advantages. The best way to decide which treatment is right for you is to consult with your orthodontist and discuss your preferences and treatment goals. Here is a look at how these two treatments compare to help you make the right choice for your needs.


Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to move your teeth to a healthier position. The aligners snap over your teeth and are virtually invisible, which makes them a popular option with people who have cosmetic concerns about wearing braces. During Invisalign treatment, you will need to trade out your aligners approximately every two weeks to keep your treatment plan on track. You will need to have periodic appointments with your orthodontist to evaluate your progress, but you need fewer appointments than patients with traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are removed for brushing, flossing, and eating, so there is no need for special care.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are the metal braces that most people think of when they picture orthodontic care. However, today’s metal braces are less obtrusive and more comfortable than in the past, making them a good choice for many children and adults alike. Traditional braces have a system of brackets and wires that gently shift the teeth to a predetermined position. They can treat nearly any kind of malocclusion, and when followed with a retainer, deliver permanently straightened teeth. When you’re wearing traditional braces, you will need to see your orthodontist approximately every four weeks to have the wires tightened. This ensures that the braces keep shifting your teeth. Your orthodontist will show you the right way to brush and floss your teeth while wearing braces, so you don’t develop tooth decay or gum disease while getting orthodontic care.

Find the right orthodontic treatment for you with the help of Allan D. Weimer, DDS . Dr. Weimer has been treating patients in Northwest Colorado for nearly 30 years and can help patients of all ages feel great about their smiles. For orthodontic care in Steamboat Springs, CO, call (970) 879-4290.