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Once you have made the decision to align your smile, it may be challenging to pick the appliance that is best for you and your smile. By straightening your teeth, you are providing yourself with a beautiful smile. However, by knowing and understanding the difference between Invisalign® and traditional braces, you will be able to pick the better treatment for your smile.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces include metal brackets and wires that are placed on your teeth and often tightened or changed for adjustment. This appliance is easily seen by others. Throughout treatment, you will need to pay special attention to what foods you eat. You also need to properly clean them on a daily basis. Traditional braces are very effective when it comes to moving your teeth into their proper positions. They also treat a wide variety of cases, such as overbites, crossbites, underbites, crowding of teeth, and spacing between teeth. Traditional braces are a great option if you want to achieve the smile of your dreams.


Invisalign aligners are made of a clear and smooth plastic, and they snap over your existing teeth. Over time, these aligners will straighten your teeth and push them into the places your dentist needs them to go. Invisalign also treats dental problems like overbites, crossbites, underbites, crowding of teeth, and spacing between teeth. Invisalign can snap on and off your smile, which makes it easy to floss and brush your teeth properly. There is also no limitation to what you can eat with Invisalign. With the proper care, Invisalign is a great option for people who do not want others to notice their braces.

No matter which option you choose, both will give you a beautiful, straight smile. Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for your specific smile, so come by Richmond Orthodontics today and let us help you as you journey toward your perfect smile.