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Invisalign VS Traditional Braces: Comparing Orthodontic Treatments

Invisalign VS Traditional Braces

Traditionally, braces are made of metal and are attached to the outside of the teeth. However, there are now a wide variety of teeth straightening options that are comfortable, discreet and provide fantastic results in a much shorter frame of time.

Some of these teeth straightening treatments include Smilelign, Inman Aligners, Six Month Smiles, Fastbraces, and Invisalign, the most popular aligning treatment we have at Perfect Smile Spa. 

If you’re reading this, you are most likely looking to straighten your teeth but can’t decide between Invisalign or traditional braces, also known as Fastbraces. This guide compares the two treatments together to help you decide which is best for you.


Discreet and Invisible

Want teeth straightening without the need to feel worried about the appearance of braces? Invisalign alleviates the requirement for the use of visible wires – which can often become a source of embarrassment for many of our patients who would prefer to avoid traditional train-track braces.

The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that the retainers are virtually invisible, and are therefore discreet and ideal for patients who are self-conscious and would rather their treatment went unnoticed. Invisalign is also highly suitable for adults who feel embarrassed to wear braces.

Traditional braces are almost impossible to hide and are typically very noticeable. However, with more of us wearing masks and now working from home, is COVID-19 the best time to get braces?


Comfort and Adjusting

Best of all, Invisalign is far more comfortable to wear than other treatments. Invisalign have far fewer mouth and gum problems because they are specially tailored to the mouth, so there is no possibility of cuts to the inner cheeks or uncomfortable rubbing.

Traditional braces are not painful but can cause some slight discomfort when adjusted as the teeth are pushed into position. This discomfort usually lasts for a day or so and is bearable.


Daily Activities

Unlike other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign can be easily removed for brushing, flossing and eating. The ability to remove Invisalign is a huge selling point as it means that patients can continue on as normal. 

You will need to be strict and wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours each day, so if you’re a little forgetful, you may find that treatment will take much longer and we do advise being disciplined.

However, as traditional braces cannot be removed at home, they are continuously working all throughout the day and night and can be easily worn when eating and drinking, with some small restrictions on eating extremely hard foods. It doesn’t cause any pain to eat with traditional braces, although you may find some small discomfort if you are eating shortly after having your braces adjusted.


Treatment Visits

When you come to our clinic, we discuss your insecurities to find out the most suitable orthodontic treatment for your exact budget and requirements. If Invisalign is suitable for you, we will discuss your treatment plan, including payment and the treatment timeline. We will then take a 3D scan of your teeth to create customised retainers in a laboratory. 

With Invisalign, you’ll have fewer consultations and check-up appointments at the dentist, which can be an extreme selling point for patients who lead a busy lifestyle or are situated further away from Essex.

On the other hand, traditional braces require more consultations and visits to tighten the braces for adjustments. These trips mean that you’ll be required to visit our dentist more frequently compared to Invisalign patients. With that being said, our dental clinic is open on Saturdays, so you will be able to visit us outside of your working week.



Both Invisalign and traditional braces are fantastic in delivering effective results. Although, Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone, and we will discuss the best treatment for you during your free consultation.

For more complex cases, we may advise traditional braces or steer you away to our other orthodontic treatments

Our free consultation talks through your options, determines the timeframe and what to expect from the results. We aim to give you a detailed summary of each orthodontic treatment to allow you to make an informed decision that is best for you.


Orthodontics in Essex

Whether you’re looking for Invisalign, Fastbraces, or if there are other orthodontic options you are considering, we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to guide you on each treatment we have available.

All of our treatments are completely pain-free too, so there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable during any treatments or appointments. Best of all, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs.

For more information, please get in touch or call us on 01708 207526.

The Invisible Alternative of Braces – Invisalign

Invisalign -The Invisible Alternative of Braces

Invisalign braces are similar to transparent gum shields. They are a series of aligners that invisalign-bracesslowly move the teeth into the desired position and are changed every two weeks to ensure they are constantly putting pressure on the teeth to keep them from moving. It is advised that the Invisalign brace should be worn at least 20 hours a day.

A series of aligners will be made and you will wear each set of custom-made aligners in two-week increments. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will begin moving, little by little, gradually moving towards the desired position. Continue reading The Invisible Alternative of Braces – Invisalign

Want Perfectly Straight Teeth?

Want straight teeth? are various reasons why a person may be unhappy with their teeth. But the good news is that there are many ways to improve a smile using modern cosmetic dentistry!

Invisalign and Smilelign

Few people are lucky enough to be born with straight, asymmetrical teeth. More and more people are leaning about the benefits of the Invisalign and Smilelign System. It uses a series of clear, removable, plastic aligners which are customised and made specifically for your teeth. There are no metal wires or brackets. As your teeth move little by little, week by week, all you need to do it replace each aligner every two weeks. Over a period of six months to a year, the Invisalign system moves the teeth into their perfect position, resulting in a more beautiful, balanced smile. Continue reading Want Perfectly Straight Teeth?

Is Invisalign a Good Option for Straight White Teeth?

Want to straight white teeth?  Invisalign braces are a good option?

InvisalignInvisalign is a revolutionary system for straightening crooked teeth and closing gaps between teeth. In many cases, Invisalign can get rid of the need for traditional metal-wire braces that have long been used in traditional orthodontic practice. The system utilises the latest in computerised technology and three-dimensional modelling to generate a series of clear, see-through aligners or “clear braces”. They are virtually unnoticeable, and are often referred to by many patients as “invisible braces”.  The clear aligners are specially fabricated to fit your teeth exactly, and over time, they move your teeth into a position that gives you a natural-looking, straight smile. Continue reading Is Invisalign a Good Option for Straight White Teeth?