Orthodontic Treatments

Which is better invisalign or metal braces?

Which is better invisalign or metal braces?
Which is better, Invisalign or metal braces?
Susan Crean or head dentist discusses below:

With the added advantage of 3D technology, invisalign usually uses a 3D scan of your teeth , which enables the clinican to complete a clincheck. The clincheck is a 3D model of your teeth demonstrating what your teeth will look like after treatment

Invisalign vs Metal Braces

One of the main differences between Invisalign and Metal Braces is the aesthetic effects, Invisalign is a lot more discrete compared to metal braces
Both invisalign clear aligners and conventional metal braces can be used to straighten teeth. Invisalign is particularly efficient in fixing crooked teeth and closing unsightly gaps whereby patients can be very self conscious of their teeth.
Invisalign aligners are usually more comfortable than traditional metal braces since they do not require placing metal braces or wires on the teeth.
Invisalign clear aligners are very discreet and are almost invisible compared to standard metal braces. The system comprises of a clear aligner with some tooth colored attachments.
They are removable, invisalign clear aligners makes eating and chewing a lot easier. Patients can. Remove the aligners to eat, brush their teeth afterwards, and pop the aligner back in. When wearing traditional braces eating can be a lot more difficult with food tending to get trapped in the wire.
With the added advantage of 3D technology, invisalign usually uses a 3D scan of your teeth , which enables the clinican to complete a clincheck. The clincheck is a 3D model of your teeth demonstrating what your teeth will look like after treatment.It also clearly displays each stage of teeth movement , on a weekly basis. This is a valuable tool. Enabling patients to visualize the outcome before committing to any treatment.If some teeth are compromised, with the 3D technology , minimal or no movements can be planned on these teeth, with standard braces this is not possible as the wire is attached to all teeth.


I recently visited Susan Crean Dental in Tralee and I was totally impressed by the professionalism and standard of care I received. In truth there is an air of respect that exuded from every member of staff not only for Susan but also each other and this team work and cohesive way of working was so refreshing and obvious. Susan has a natural way with people, is very attentive and so respectful of each and every person that walks through her doors. She is extremely capable and her professionalism is so evident.
My daughter and I both had a professional cleaning with the dental hygienist Betty and it was thorough and very comfortable. I was impressed by how comfortable she made my daughter feel but also her attention to detail and her follow up care seem to resonate with my daughter too. It is no surprise that Susan Crean Dental and Facial Aesthetics has been the recipient of so many awards. We are truly fortunate to have such an established service in Kerry. It is 5star service all the way and I would highly recommend this business.

Majella QD

Treatment falls into two parts
Part 1 Reception. Could not be more helpful in organising an emergency visit on a Saturday morning for a non client. Very much appreciated bearing in mind the nature of the problem.Thank you..

Part 2. The treatment what can I say I think Gold standard says it all.

Thank you Dr Susan


Amazing dentist who are very caring and great time for there patients, Susan is amazing dentist


Absolutely fantastic dentists couldn’t recommend dr susan crean enough had fillings and an extraction and cleaning done due to avoiding and dreading dentist visits for many years. They have been brilliant no pain or discomfort and will have no problems going back to them again


I have been a regular patient of Dentist Susan Crean over the last few years. My teeth have needed quick some work, be it root canal, fillings and a crown. I have found her to be excellent at her work and have great confidence and trust in her to do the best for my teeth. Dental work can be a painful experience at times for patients but I always have felt nothing but really comfortable while Susan goes about her work, I believe she is a credit to her profession and I look forward to with confidence, any dental work I may need in the future!!

Mícheál OC

My first meeting with Susan was by chance as an emergency dentist. From the very beginning, I felt at ease in her very capable hands. This chance meeting opened the door to me undertaking a large amount of dentistry work that I had been deferring. I had been anxious to replace my veneers for some time but kept meeting resistance, Susan was much more receptive to carrying this work out for me. Throughout the process, Susan was incredibly patient and sensitive. I was delighted with the end result and finally feel happy with my smile. For the first time in a very long time, I felt heard by my dentist and I am happy to say I no longer dread the thought of a cleaning!

Una Geary

I travelled from Cork to Susan’s practice and cannot be happier with the treatment and care that she provided. I had aches and pains in my teeth and jaw, and Susan recommended 6 months smiles to me, now I have straight teeth and no pain.

P Murphy