Braces or Invisalign; Which Is the Real Winner?

Braces or Invisalign Garden City, NY

Braces or Invisalign; Which Is the Real Winner?

Of all of the treatment plan options Dr. Susan Gail Tierney and Dr. Michael Sheinis at Straight Set Orthodontics in Garden City, NY offers, most patients choose treatment with either traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners.

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you and your needs. So many factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). It can be difficult to divide which pros outweigh which cons.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces or Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance; braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases. 

Drs. Tierney and Sheinis offer both types of treatments and know the upside and downside of each orthodontic treatment approach.


Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding, or band and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth, and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well. Metal braces:

  • Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
  • Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
  • Come with some common-sense food restrictions.


Invisalign aligners give the patient a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign at Straight Set Orthodontics with Dr. Tierney and Dr. Sheinis allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient);  brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer. And with Invisalign Teen, your teenager can experience these benefits as well.

  • Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
  • Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
  • Aligners are made of a plastic (which won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).

Invisalign is an essentially invisible fix that let patients conduct their day without their orthodontic appliance affecting the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer. Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get informed

Dr. Susan Gail Tierney, Dr. Michael Sheinis, and Straight Set Orthodontics can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment in Garden City, NY. Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Tierney, Dr. Sheinis, and Straight Set Orthodontics. For the straight and healthy smile you’ve always wanted, call our office at: 516 248 2560

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