Galleria Dental Aesthetics in McLean VA

Invisalign® VS Traditional Braces

Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia

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The choice between Invisalign® and traditional braces is mostly determined by your specific tooth needs, which are coupled with your personal treatment preferences. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, our experienced Arlington Orthodontists determine the right orthodontics treatments for people living in Alexandria, McLean, Tysons Corner and the surrounding Northern Virginia areas.


The goal of both Invisalign® and traditional braces is to straighten your teeth and align your bite; however, these two orthodontic approaches are quite unique from one another. Invisalign® uses clear, plastic aligners to gently push your teeth into position, and traditional braces employ metal wires and brackets to achieve tooth movement.

Many of our patients are interested in Invisalign® because it is less noticeable than traditional braces and the plastic aligners are removable. These two features have several implications for your orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Clear, plastic aligners are largely unnoticeable. Unlike traditional metal braces, with Invisalign® you can straighten your teeth without attracting attention.
  • Removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss. Oftentimes, food debris is difficult to remove from metal wires and brackets, and food that becomes lodged in your braces can lead to tooth decay.
  • Removable aligners let you enjoy the same foods. For metal braces, your orthodontist may advise you to avoid certain sticky or chewy foods. Because you remove Invisalign® aligners before you eat, dietary changes are not necessary.
  • Aligners may cause less irritation and discomfort. Metal braces can quickly become uncomfortable when the metal irritates your cheeks, gums and tongue. The smooth contours of Invisalign® have led to a more comfortable orthodontic experience for many patients.

Depending on your candidacy for the different types of orthodontic treatment, the benefits of Invisalign® may make it the right treatment for you.


Invisalign® and traditional braces are both viable and effective orthodontic treatments. The key to finding out which is best for you is assessing your unique needs. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, our experienced cosmetic dentists determine whether traditional braces or Invisalign® – or another orthodontic approach – will most effectively align your teeth and bite.

Invisalign® and metal braces are both effective in treating many cases of:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned bites

Generally, Invisalign® treats less severe cases of these tooth issues. Sometimes, the tooth movement needed can only be achieved with metal braces; however, the only way to know the right treatment for you is to contact our experienced dentists.

If you are searching for an orthodontist in Arlington to find out if Invisalign® or traditional braces are best for you, please call 703.448.1020 or contact the experienced Invisalign® dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.

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