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Braces or Invisalign?

When looking for braces, Invisalign, or orthodontic treatment plan, it can sometimes be hard to see which one is best for you. With so many factors to consider such as price, length of treatment, comfortability, and visibility, it can be difficult to decide which pros outweigh which cons. However, out of all of the treatment plan options Walker Orthodontics offers, most patients end up choosing either traditional metal braces or Invisalign as their final choice. But what about for those who are choosing between both Invisalign treatment and traditional braces? Dr. John Walker and Dr. Liz Walker of Walker Orthodontics near Littleton, MA are here to discuss which orthodontic treatment, braces or Invisalign, may be better for you, and why.

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign are known to have pros and cons, but no matter which treatment plan you choose, it’s they both have the same outcome. Although Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance, braces tend to provide our patients with a reliable and trusted solution, which is known to treat even the toughest of cases. Below, Dr. John Walker and Dr. Liz Walker have broken up both treatments in order to lay out each of their pros and cons side by side to help compare traditional metal braces and Invisalign.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign:


  1. Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.

  2. Requires extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.

  3. Some food restrictions.

Today’s metal braces consist of a more comfortable and less noticeable response. Dr. John Walker and Dr. Liz Walker mention that braces are made of three basic parts—bracket, bonding or band, and archwire—to help with the movement and modification of your teeth, bite and jaw. Braces provide the quick convenience our patients are looking for, especially our younger patients, and will help us make sure you’re receiving the correct amount of treatment necessary.


  1. Aligners are clear, making them virtually invisible.

  2. The aligners are removable so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual.

  3. Invisalign aligners are made of a plastic that won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.

Using Invisalign gives our patients the easy, form fitting, and comfortable flexibility needed to function throughout everyday life. Dr. John Walker and Dr. Liz Walker say that through orthodontic treatment with Invisalign near Littleton, MA, you’ll be able to eat any foods, brush and floss your teeth, and ultimately take on your day-to-day activities without worry. Invisalign is ultimately hassle-free, and very easy to keep clean throughout the day to guarantee healthy dental development. It will also provide you with an ultimately invisible fix, letting you continue your day without changing the physical appearance of your teeth and mouth.

Although the Walker Orthodontics associates say that using Invisalign gives you a more flexible approach of treatment, it is recommended more for adults and teens, due to the easy temptation of taking the aligners out or not wearing them for the proper amount of time needed. You’re required to wear Invisalign aligners for a maximum of 22 hours a day. It’s also important to note that the orthodontic treatment required may already be too complex to be treated with Invisalign.

Don’t suffer through the effects of teeth and jaw misalignment. If you live near Littleton, MA, we can help you make the difficult decision for your orthodontic treatment between braces and Invisalign. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Walker, Dr. Liz Walker and Walker Orthodontics, please contact our office at 978-456-8902 so we can help you create the straight and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other orthodontic-related topics, feel free to contact Walker Orthodontics, with convenient orthodontic offices in Harvard & Lunenburg, by calling 978.345.7988 or clicking here to request your complimentary, no-obligation Walker Orthodontics Smile Assessment.

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