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Braces vs Invisalign
Posted on 10/21/2016

Braces vs Invisalign

At Lunsford Orthodontics, it is our mission to provide the West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and Wellington, FL areas with top orthodontic services like braces and Invisalign. When patients begin orthodontic treatment, many decide between braces and Invisalign as their course of treatment. While braces and Invisalign are both designed to straighten your teeth, each provide certain benefits over the other and fit different orthodontic situations. As your trusted local orthodontist, we put together a comparison of braces and Invisalign, so you can be educated about each of these orthodontic treatments.

Braces vs Invisalign 


Braces, which consist of metal brackets adhered to teeth that are connected to each other with a wire, are most associated with orthodontic treatment. Today’s metal braces are made of stainless steel and are much smaller and more comfortable than braces used in orthodontics previously. Braces can also be made of other materials, like ceramic which make the brackets clearer and less noticeable.

Advantages of Braces

  • Braces are an effective form of orthodontic treatment and the most proven, having been used longer than any other forms of treatment.
  • There are many different types of braces so you can choose the type that suits your lifestyle best.
  • Braces are cemented onto your teeth, meaning that you won’t have to worry about losing or remembering to wear them.
  • Braces are better for certain orthodontic problems that are more complex.


Invisalign is a newer form of orthodontic treatment, using computer technology to help craft a series of custom fitted clear aligners. Each set of aligners is worn over your teeth for two weeks to move the teeth gradually as you go through each set. By the time you finish wearing the last set of aligners, your teeth will have moved into the position as prescribed by Dr. Lunsford.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • The Invisalign aligners are transparent, allowing for a discreet form treatment that is barely noticeable.
  • The clear aligners are removable, meaning that brushing and flossing is just as simple as it’s always been.
  • In addition to simpler oral care, the aligners being removable mean that you will not have any diet restrictions and do not have to avoid eating certain foods.
  • Invisalign offers more comfort than traditional braces, as the aligners are made of a flexible plastic.

Contact Your Boynton Beach Orthodontic Specialists

If you’re in or around Boynton Beach or Wellington, FL and considering Invisalign or braces, contact us with any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment. If you’d like to begin orthodontic treatment with Lunsford Orthodontics, schedule an appointment to visit our West Palm Beach office by filling out our appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the best smile through either braces or Invisalign!