Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is Best?

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Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is Best?

For the experienced team at Straight Set Orthodontics, the two most commonly employed teeth alignment systems are braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Michael Sheinis and Dr. Susan Tierney are here to help you determine the best course of treatment for your needs at their office in the Mineola, NY area. 

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you and your needs. A number of factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). The pros at Straight Set Orthodontics understand that it can all be overwhelming. 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.

Dr. Susan Tierney and Dr. Michael Sheinis offer both types of treatments and can analyze the pros and cons of each orthodontic treatment approach for you.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign


Today’s traditional 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 in the Mineola, NY area with Dr. Susan Tierney and Dr. Michael 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.

  • 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 Tierney, Dr. Michael Sheinis, and Straight Set Orthodontics can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment near Mineola, NY. Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Susan Tierney, Dr. Michael Sheinis, and Straight Set Orthodontics. Don’t put off the perfect smile any longer. Contact Straight Set Orthodontics today!

Dr. Michael Sheinis, Dr. Susan Gail Tierney, and the team at Straight Set Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, or Invisalign in Garden City, NY, Mineola, NY, Hempstead, NY, Franklin Square, NY, Nassau County, NY, or the 11501 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Michael Sheinis and Dr. Susan Gail Tierney contact Straight Set Orthodontics at 516-248-2560

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