Orthodontics: Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces - Knoxville Cosmetic Dentist, Invisalign Premier Provider

You’ve made the decision to improve your smile’s appearance by seeking out orthodontic treatment, but which type of braces is right for you? Both options offer unique benefits. Invisalign braces are clear and discreet, which appeals to most patients. However, with traditional braces you have the advantage of never losing your braces. Dr. Ruth Bailey in Knoxville, TN explains each orthodontic treatment, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Don’t hesitant to improve your smile any longer. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Bailey in Knoxville, TN to discuss which orthodontic option is best for you. Call 865-588-1294.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are made from smooth, clear plastic to offer comfort and only subtle alteration to your appearance. Patients have the freedom to remove their aligners for meal times, however the removable braces should be worn for 20-22 hours to day in order to produce optimal results. Many patients decide to invest in Invisalign aligners due to the lack of dietary restrictions and because they are easier to care for and clean than traditional braces.

The aligners are created at an off-site lab, using the dental impressions taken by Dr. Bailey. The impression helps the technicians custom create multiple sets of clear braces for you to wear. You can expect to switch your aligners every two weeks. Each time you insert a new set; you’ll be advancing in the next stage of your orthodontic treatment plan.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign


Invisalign aligners attract most patients because they’re removable and clear. Your peers won’t notice that you’re wearing braces during your treatment. The plastic aligners are also more comfortable than traditional braces, which can often poke and prod the inside of your mouth. You can rest easy knowing that your aligners will fit snuggly over your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, there are no restrictions on the foods you can eat during Invisalign treatment. You’re free to eat any foods you wish, however you must remove your aligners while you do so, to avoid damaging them.

Clear aligners are easy to care for. Dr. Bailey recommends that you rinse your orthodontics with pure water every time you take them out and clean them thoroughly once a day, during your evening oral hygiene routine. It’s imperative that you maintain good oral hygiene throughout your treatment process to avoid cavities and get the results you seek.

Each patient’s case is unique, however Invisalign is usually worn for a shorter duration that traditional braces. Most patients can expect to see dramatic results after 9-15 months of wearing the aligners, as opposed to the 24 months usually required of traditional braces.


Although Invisalign aligners have the added luxury of being removable, it can become easy to lose them. Adults are not able to get replacement aligners without extra charges, meaning you could easily derail your treatment. Patients who are willing to take care to adjust their routines are the best candidates for clear braces with Dr. Bailey.

Patient compliance is also critical to successful Invisalign treatment. This means that Invisalign patients must be highly motivated to effect changes in their smiles, since wearing the aligners less than 20-22 hours per day will also derail the treatment plan.

In order to be a good candidate for Invisalign aligners, you must have good oral hygiene prior to seeking out orthodontic treatment. If you suffer from tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to correct those hygiene issues before moving forward with Invisalign.

What Are Traditional Braces?

Traditional braces are affixed to the surface of your teeth and are composed of multiple brackets. A bracket is placed on each tooth and then connected to other teeth with an adjustable wire. The force of the wire gradually shifts your teeth into a more attractive position, straightening your teeth and correcting any gaps along the way. The other important factor is occlusion, which is how the upper and lower teeth fit together when your mouth is closed. Malocclusion (a bad bite) can lead to teeth grinding, tooth wear, and TMJ disorder.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Braces


Unlike Invisalign, your traditional braces are permanently affixed, therefore there’s no need to worry about misplacing them. Traditional braces come in a variety of colors, which some teenagers find appealing. Invisalign is only for adults and teenagers, however traditional braces can be worn by patients of any age. If malocclusion is an issue for you, traditional braces are a reliable solution, since Invisalign cannot correct bite issues such as overbite, under bite, or cross bite.


Many patients choose other orthodontic treatments because they don’t enjoy the hassle associated with traditional braces. The wires and brackets can often irritate your gums and the insides of your cheeks. They also require several changes to your diet and oral hygiene routine.

This orthodontic solution can take multiple years to receive the desired results, however each patient is different, therefore treatment lengths vary for each case. Unlike Invisalign, food can easily become trapped in your braces, making for an embarrassing situation.

For more information about orthodontic treatment, schedule your appointment with Dr. Bailey today in Knoxville, TN. Call 865-588-1294.

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