Difference Between Invisalign Braces vs. Traditional Braces

When it comes to straightening misaligned teeth, you have several options. The two most popular choices are traditional braces and Invisalign. Both are unique in their own ways, and Dr. Thomas Kwong, your dentist in Portage, MI, specializes in providing them—read on to learn more.

How Traditional Braces Work

Traditional braces have several components that work together by applying constant pressure to slowly straighten your teeth. A metal or ceramic link is glued to each of the teeth being treated. These are connected to an archwire by ligature bands. There also spacers between the teeth to allow the bands to pass through. It sounds complicated, but traditional braces work well for people who have mild-to-severely misaligned teeth.

Why Invisalign Aligners are Popular

Portage residents have found the following benefits with Invisalign braces:

  • They can be removed: Unlike traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign braces when you eat or brush and floss your teeth. This makes it easier to clean your teeth.
  • You can eat what you like: With traditional braces, you have some restrictions with what you can eat. For example, you should avoid hard or crunchy foods so as not to damages the braces. Because you can take Invisalign brace out before you eat, you can eat the foods you like.
  • They are invisible: Because Invisalign aligners remade from clear, flexible material no one can tell that you’re wearing braces and they’re also more comfortable than traditional braces.

Although Invisalign treatment is a little more expensive than traditional braces, the treatment usually doesn’t take quite so long. Invisalign is also great for adults who feel subconscious about wearing braces and prefer a more discreet solution.


If you live in or around Portage and would like to find out more about Invisalign, call Dr. Kwong today at (269) 327 4459 to schedule a consultation.

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