Is an Invisalign Alternative Right for You?

Is an Invisalign Alternative Right for You?

By Joe McIntyre, DDS on October 17, 2021

A straight, bright smile can turn heads, improve your health, and boost your confidence. Invisalign® is one of the many orthodontic treatments out there to help you achieve your goals. However, this method doesn’t work for everyone. Patients who suffer from significant overcrowding or an asymmetrical bite have no choice but to look for an Invisalign alternative to correct their smile.


Smiles for Life Dental Care serving Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA, is here to help you find an appropriate substitute for Invisalign. We focus on treating your holistic wellness, and will listen to your concerns.

Invisalign Alternatives at a Glance

Clear aligner alternatives are common for misalignment and overcrowding, but personal habits also play a factor. Children, for instance, often can’t wear their aligners for the recommended time, especially since they are still growing and don’t have all of their permanent teeth. Parents with adolescents often come to us to find out what other options they have. Fortunately, you have choices for the ideal treatment.

Take a look at the other orthodontic services we offer in place of Invisalign:


  • Six Month Smiles®
  • Traditional Braces

Six Month Smiles

This form of treatment is primarily for cosmetic purposes as it focuses on the position and appearance of the front teeth. It’s not a good treatment for patients that need work on their bites or have extensive tooth gaps.


Six Month Smiles treatment generally only takes six months because it is only concerned with the teeth you see when you smile. It utilizes clear brackets and a thinner, lighter archwire than traditional braces. After Six Month Smiles treatment, you will still need a permanent retainer to keep your smile in alignment.

Traditional Braces

Metal braces also involve bonding brackets to your teeth. This tried-and-true treatment option is a common choice for patients with extensive tooth misalignment, acute overcrowding, unerupted teeth, or other bite issues. Once the metal brackets are applied, patients return to our practice to have the braces adjusted. This could involve the use of thicker wires to guide the teeth into a better position.


At our offices serving the Harrisonburg area, we offer both traditional and lingual braces. Lingual braces follow the same concepts as their anterior counterparts, except the brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. It’s the perfect option for patients who would rather not have attention drawn to their orthodontic treatment.

Which Option Is Right for Me?

Our patients keep coming back to Smiles for Life Dental Care because of our high standards, inviting atmosphere, and customized care practices. We make it our mission to care about your oral health as much as you do.


During your consultation, our doctors will discuss your case and review the available treatment options with you in-depth. We’ll answer any questions you may have about Invisalign and its alternatives so you can make an informed choice about your options for treatment.

Schedule Your Consultation

There are many reasons to seek Invisalign alternatives, and no matter yours, we’ll work with you to find an option that will give you the results you want and the best experience possible. Smiles for Life Dental Care isready to serve you and your orthodontic needs. Call our office today at (540) 828-2312 or send us a message online to schedule your appointment.

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