When it comes to straightening your teeth, modern orthodontic treatments offer two major options: regular fixed braces or Invisalign. You are probably familiar with regular braces; they are usually metal, and can be silver, clear or coloured. However, you may not be familiar with Invisalign, a treatment that uses removable teeth aligners that are almost completely invisible to straighten your teeth.

Both methods provide a similar outcome: they realign structural problems within your mouth – whether it’s overcrowding, underbites, overbites, or issues that cause restricted breathing. However, there are some differences between the two treatments that are worth thinking about if you or a loved one is trying to decide on the best method to to realign and straighten your smile.


Invisalign was introduced in 1998 as an alternative to metal braces, and is often considered an easier and more aesthetically pleasing option. It is far more popular amongst adults, children in their late teens, and those in professional jobs, as the treatment is almost invisible. The aligners are removable, unlike regular braces that are glued to your teeth for an extended period of time – so you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth.


Regular braces are still an excellent option, and have significantly advanced over the past decade or so in terms of available options and colours. Many people choose to go with clear braces, as they are a little more subtle than silver or coloured braces. Some, particularly younger children, like to experiment with different colours when it comes to their orthodontics.

Invisalign VS Braces

Perhaps the biggest difference between regular braces and Invisalign is that braces can treat most minor and major structural issues, whereas Invisalign is generally reserved for mild to moderate cases, at the dentist’s discretion. For particularly complicated or difficult cases, your dentist may recommend braces – but if the problem can be fixed with Invisalign, it may be a great option if you are looking for something more subtle looking, that offers greater flexibility. There are also some price differences between braces and Invisalign, that will vary according to your dentist and coverage.

At the end of the day, both Invisalign and clear braces are excellent options when it comes to treating your smile, and it will come down to your personal preferences, budget and a consultation with your dentist to make the right choice. At Balmain Dentist, Dr Flora Galoustian offers braces, Invisalign, and many other regular and specialised general and cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontic services.

Wondering what your options are? Haven’t had a consultation in a while? Dr Galoustian is an expert in all levels of dentistry, and can provide you with the knowledge to make an informed decision. Get in touch with the team at Balmain Dentist today to book in a consultation and discover the best option for yourself or a loved one when it comes to boosting your smile.

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