Why Traditional Braces Are Still Important

With so many types of orthodontic treatments available today, you might wonder why people still opt for the clunky, metal-mouth look of traditional braces. While each of these new treatments provide advantages over traditional braces, there are still some things that make traditional braces the best treatment option.

Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry® is proud to offer a variety of orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces, so that each of our patients can find the treatment avenue that best matches their needs. Dr. Dan and our highly experienced team stand by the fact that there is still a place in orthodontia for traditional braces. Keep reading to learn how traditional braces can still be advantageous over different, newer forms of treatments.


Invisalign is one of the most popular alternatives to braces. Utilizing a series of plastic aligner trays, Invisalign’s treatment process is much different from that of traditional braces, the biggest difference being that the aligner trays aren’t fixed to your teeth. So you can take your aligner trays out for meals and snacks. Regardless of which treatment you choose, you will need to use a retainer in your life after braces or Invisalign.

Cosmetically, these aligner trays are nearly invisible to the outside eye, meaning that the duration of your treatment will be more discreet. This is the biggest appeal of Invisalign for those looking for a more subtle orthodontic treatment.


Traditional braces are the oldest way to align your teeth, but that doesn’t make them inferior to other forms of treatment like Invisalign or Damon System braces. Here are some of the biggest advantages that still come with traditional braces today:

  • Strength and Durability: Traditional braces are strong and durable. Of course they’re not invincible, but when compared with treatments like ceramic braces, the stainless steel proves to be much more durable. Pus, you won’t have to worry about losing aligner trays.
  • Affordability: Traditional braces are often the most affordable orthodontic treatment option. Stainless steel is not necessarily the most expensive commodity, and with prudent care, you won’t have to deal with replacing brackets and archwires.
  • Most Effective at Treating Overcrowding: While a skilled orthodontist can do a lot with Invisalign, it’s easier and more efficient to treat overcrowding with traditional braces. With individual brackets and a malleable archwire, it’s a lot easier to make small, precise adjustments in order to work towards alignment.

Traditional braces are just as great as Invisalign! At Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, you can get fun shapes and colors for your brackets to express your individuality. On the opposite side, you can also get nearly undetectable braces if you choose white or clear ones. If you’re not sure what you prefer, check out this guide about choosing your braces from Smiles Orthodontics in Wichita.


If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, come on into Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry® for a consultation! You can call us at 972.547.4443. Or you can contact us here. We also offer a comprehensive guide to braces for anyone who’s looking into orthodontic treatment for themselves or their loved ones.