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Traditional Braces

Conventional or traditional braces are still a common type of orthodontic treatment, despite the popularity of clear aligner options like Invisalign®. Traditional braces use brackets, wires and bands to shift teeth and bites into alignment. They are an effective option for improving crooked, gapped or misaligned smiles. If you or your child need orthodontic treatment, you may wonder which is better, traditional braces or Invisalign®?

Traditional braces use brackets that are glued to the teeth and are attached to each other with wires and bands. The wires and bands are adjusted and tightened throughout the treatment to shift teeth into place. Braces are effective and can provide excellent results, but there are drawbacks. The appearance of braces is one of the biggest concerns for adults and teens, and even the tooth-colored varieties tend to be noticeable. Plus, there are restrictions on the food you can eat to avoid damaging the braces, and the components can rub against the lips and interior mouth causing discomfort.

When are Traditional Braces the Right Choice?

While most people can choose either braces or Invisalign® and get the same results, there are some people that are better suited for braces. Some complex issues are better treated with braces, but these are not common. However, for Invisalign® to work properly, they must be left in at least 20 hours a day. Those who may be undisciplined or tempted to leave out their aligners may be better off wearing braces that are not removable.

Both braces and Invisalign® are comparable in cost and treatment times, so the choice comes down to what is more comfortable and effective for you or your teen. In most cases, Invisalign® can offer the same results as braces, but there are a few patients that may be better off using braces. To determine which is right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation, and learn more about your options.

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

Our Office

Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

Call to Schedule an Appointment:
(770) 796-7081

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