Orthodontics & Invisalign


Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used in orthodontics, as they are the tried-and-true method to straightening teeth – regardless of the severity of the case. They have progressed a long way in the past decade to ensure better comfort and a great way to customize your smile using different colored rubber bands; you can customize these at each visit. Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and utilize brackets, small rubber bands, and archwires to straighten your teeth during the course of your treatment process.



Invisalign straightens your teeth using series of clear, plastic aligners. You wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks, and then move on to the next set. With clear or ceramic braces, the wire is still typically visible at a distance, and the brackets are almost always noticeable up close. While clear braces or ceramic braces might be a good option for someone that is frequently in front of a camera or takes a lot of pictures, it isn’t a completely clear solution. With Invisalign, the aligners are completely clear, so no one will even know you are straightening your teeth!

Eat What You Want & Play What You Want With Invisalign!

Invisalign aligners are removable, so you are able to straighten your teeth without dietary restrictions. This also means you don’t have to worry about adjusting to play your wind or brass instrument or find a specific mouth guard when you play sports! You’ll simply remove your trays when you’re ready to eat or play! With Invisalign, you have freedom.

Less Maintenance & A Healthier You With Invisalign

Getting used to traditional metal braces can sometimes be a pain, literally. The sharp metal appliances can cause irritation to your gums and cheeks while you get used to the brackets and wire on your teeth. You will often have to use special wax when the irritation becomes unbearable. With Invisalign, the smooth plastic aligners cause no irritation. You don’t have to fret when you run out of wax, because there is no need for it! You simply pop the aligners on and go!

With Invisalign aligners, you brush your teeth and gums the same way you did before your treatment process began.  You simply remove the aligners to brush and floss. Your aligners are easy to care for as well, you just brush and rinse before or after you brush your teeth! Invisalign keeps it easy for you.

Additionally, with traditional metal braces, you may need an adjustment period to essentially relearn how to play a wind or brass instrument. If you play sports, you have to wear a special mouth guard to protect your mouth and appliance. With Invisalign, the trays are removable, so you don’t have to worry about an adjustment period for playing instruments or getting brace-ready mouth guards. You can play what you want, when you want. No limitations!

Schedule your appointment today with the best orthodontist in Manhattan at West Side Family Dental!