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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mark Feinberg

Braces vs Aligners: The Pros and Cons



Deciding the best method of straightening your teeth can be a difficult decision. 

A skilled orthodontist can help you make an informed decision. The best method of treatment that is most suit able for your needs depends on the particular orthodontic problem that you need corrected.  Clear aligners like Invisalign, SureSmile or OrthoFX isn’t always the ideal option for all patients. This is why getting expert advice from your Orthodontic provider is essential. 

In this article I will share many of the pros and cons of clear aligners and braces, so you can make a more informed  decision.


Braces are traditionally made of metal or ceramic and attached to the outside of teeth. In some situations even braces behind the teeth are an option, also known as lingual braces.

Metal wires and rubber bands are attached to the brackets to manipulate your teeth to correct orthodontic problems.


Clear plastic aligners like Invisalign, SureSmile or OrthoFX are customized for each patient by performing a 3D scan of your teeth. These customized aligners are then molded to move your teeth in small steps until the teeth are moved into their correct position. This ideal outcome should be designed by your orthodontist and not relied on to be performed by a lab technician. The purpose of the lab is to fabricate the aligners but NOT to design the treatment care plan. As an early pioneer in digital orthodontics Dr. Feinberg has developed exceptional skill sets in treatment planning and designing both clear aligner and fixed appliance therapies.


Dr Mark Feinberg and the Feinberg Orthodontic Team

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