Invisalign or Traditional Braces: Creating A More Aesthetic Smile

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Having strong, white teeth is a sought-after quality that many people do not possess. Yes, you can do all the whitening treatments in the world, but straight teeth are important too. A beautiful set of teeth creates an aesthetically pleasing smile, and they’re a direct representation of your physical health. Unfortunately, many individuals are bothered by misaligned or badly crooked teeth, but there are solutions.

What Are The Options?

The two main options for straightening the teeth come in the form of traditional braces and Invisalign braces. Both dental treatments can drastically improve your smile, but there are some distinct differences.


Invisalign braces are generally more aesthetically pleasing than their metal counterparts. Invisalign’s name says it all because these braces are transparent to a certain degree. Traditional braces involve noticeable metal and wiring that are easily shown when chewing, talking or smiling. Invisalign braces can also be removed while eating or removed during random times of the day.


Thanks to traditional braces’ metal structure, they aren’t designed to be taken off the teeth until a specific date. These metal brackets can be quite uncomfortable because the mouth is used to a free range of motion. Since traditional braces are attached via a professional, the wearer won’t be able to remove them if they began to get uncomfortable. On the there hand, Invisalign braces are basically aligner-like brackets that slide onto the teeth. This rubbery, plastic-like material is much more comfortable than metal, and they are fitted proportionality to your teeth.


Invisalign braces are the better option when it comes to safety because these aligners lack any hard, sharp structures. You won’t have to worry about scrapes and scratches. Traditional braces have an abundance of metal pieces that can cut the gums and tongue. In addition to that, traditional braces can demineralize the teeth as well as cause cavities at a higher rate. The amount of total force that comes from these braces can sometimes crack your teeth in certain areas.

Duration & What To Expect

To straighten the teeth, Invisalign can get the job done in under two years. Traditional braces can take as long as five years. Metal braces can be a trial-and-error situation while Invisalign is pre-planned every step of the way via computerization. Invisalign’s prognosis is much more defined than its counterpart, but it generally costs a bit more in the end.

Dr. Zwier and his highly trained staff can meet with you to determine if Invisalign or braces are right for you.