Invisalign and traditional fixed braces can both achieve amazing results, but they look and feel quite different. To help you decide which brace might be best for you, we’re going to explore the pros and cons of both options.

5 things we love about Invisalign


Invisalign is an innovative way to align teeth. It uses a series of custom-made aligners to gently straighten your smile. It’s a fantastic alternative to fixed braces, there are no brackets or wires, and it’s very discreet.

Here are five reasons why it’s loved by us, and most importantly, our patients.

1. Its crystal-clear aligners are almost invisible

If you’re looking for a teeth-straightening treatment that’s super discreet, Invisalign is an excellent option. Its clear aligners are virtually invisible and made from a patented clear plastic that’s designed to closely hug the contours of your teeth.

Most people won’t realise that you’re wearing braces.

2. You can remove your aligners to eat and drink

Invisalign is also removable, so you’ll have the freedom to remove your aligners for short periods every day. You can take your aligners out for up to four hours a day to eat and drink.

This means you can enjoy all your favourite foods without worrying about damaging your braces.

3. It’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean

Traditional fixed braces provide lots of places for food and plaque to accumulate, so cleaning your teeth can be more challenging.

With Invisalign, you can simply remove your aligners to brush your teeth as usual, and because there are no wires connecting your teeth, you’ll be able to floss them too.

4. It can reduce your visits to the practice

If you have fixed braces, we’ll need to see you every eight weeks to make adjustments. If you opt for Invisalign, you’ll only need to visit us every 15 weeks.

We’ll keep a close eye on your progress between appointments through our DentalMonitoring app. Using an app on your smartphone, you can send us regular photos of your smile. We’ll send you back advice via the app and arrange a call or appointment if we have any concerns.

5. There’s an Invisalign aligner for everyone

Invisalign keeps improving, and there’s now an Invisalign option for everyone. For our youngest patients, Invisalign can offer an efficient alternative to functional appliances, allowing us to simultaneously straighten your teeth and correct your bite.

Other innovative features include SmartForce attachments and bite ramps, which allow us to treat more complicated cases using clear aligners.

Is Invisalign right for you?

Dr. Jackie Bracken is a specialist orthodontist in Clonmel and an Invisalign Diamond Apex provider, so she’s the perfect person to explain all your options.

She’ll talk to you about your lifestyle and carefully examine your teeth and jaws to see which braces you’re suitable for – most people can choose between Invisalign and fixed braces.

There’s no price difference between Invisalign and fixed braces, and payment plans are available for both options.

Fixed braces and aligners usually take the same amount of time to straighten your teeth.

Invisalign is an excellent choice if you want to keep your treatment incognito or have concerns about keeping your teeth clean and healthy.

It also offers very predictable results thanks to its 3D treatment planning software. You’ll be able to see your projected smile after every aligner.

4 reasons to consider fixed braces

fixed braces

Fixed braces have been used to straighten teeth successfully for a long time. In the hands of a specialist orthodontist, they can achieve incredible results and exceptional precision.

Here are four reasons you may want to choose fixed braces vs Invisalign.

1. Your case is better suited to fixed braces

Occasionally, we might recommend fixed braces instead of Invisalign if we think it will achieve a better outcome for you, for example, if you have severely rotated teeth.

2. You’re worried about losing your aligners

If you think you might misplace your aligners, fixed braces can offer extra peace of mind. They’ll be attached to your teeth for the duration of your treatment.

3. You don’t want to remove your aligners to eat

Most patients enjoy being able to remove their aligners to eat and drink as normal, but you might prefer to keep your braces in 24/7.

4. You prefer the appearance of fixed braces

Not everyone wants to hide their treatment, and it can be a great talking point. If you choose fixed braces, we can even customise your look with coloured elastic ligatures.

To explore all your treatment options with Dr. Jackie Bracken, contact us to arrange your no-obligation consultation in Clonmel or Newbridge.