Invisalign vs. Braces

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Traditional braces have two primary component parts: brackets and arch wire. Brackets are placed on the front of teeth and strung through with arch wire, which is gradually tightened to pull teeth into ideal alignment over the course of treatment.

Braces have long been the go-to orthodontic treatment for children and teens, but are not always suitable for adults. Where treatment may take only 12 to 18 months in mouths that have not fully developed, braces can take upwards of 36 months to treat adult malocclusion – and the treatment period can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing for many older patients.

If you live in or around Fresno and would like to learn about alternatives to braces, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or call 559-224-0103 today to schedule your Invisalign® consultation.


Where braces use wire and brackets to correct malocclusion, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners. These aligners are custom made to address the specific bite issues of each patient, and work to gently push teeth into their optimal position over a treatment period of 12 to 18 months. Not only is this faster, it is also more comfortable for many adult patients.

Braces are affixed to teeth and require dietary restrictions – including limitations on certain fruits and vegetables. What’s more, proper brushing and flossing with braces can be very difficult, and tooth staining is common during treatment.

By contrast, Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating and dental care. This allows adults undergoing Invisalign treatment to maintain their full diet and protect their oral and systemic health. Removable aligners are also less likely to result in staining, helping protect the appearance of teeth as well.

There are a number of distinct health and beauty advantages offered by Invisalign, particularly when compared to orthodontic treatment with braces. During your Invisalign consultation, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake would be happy to discuss these benefits with you in greater detail and help you determine if you are a good candidate for this adult orthodontic solution.

To schedule your Invisalign consultation with our experienced Fresno dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Miyake proudly serves the California communities of Tulare, Clovis, Fresno, and Madera.