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Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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When it comes to straightening your smile, which is best: traditional metal braces or Invisalign? Both are tools used to move your teeth, but the way that they are secured to your teeth, length of time worn, and restrictions regarding how to care for them vary.

So, which is better: braces or Invisalign?

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Both Invisalign vs traditional braces can be effective for straightening, moving, and restoring your smile, but which one is better? Braces are glued to individual teeth, using a system of elastics and wires for your orthodontic provider to move and reposition teeth as needed. Invisalign, on the other hand, is not secured to the teeth and is more fashioned like a plate or mouth guard, of sorts. There is less room for moving and positioning individual teeth when using an Invisalign straightening system, though there are other perks that make it a compelling option for patients.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are really not that traditional, anymore; braces have come a long way over the years and are now found in gold, gem-encrusted, and clear styles for patients wanting more ‘bling’ to their braces. Conventional braces adhere to the teeth using glue and can be manipulated and moved based on how your teeth straighten and progress. Braces today are more comfortable than your parents’ braces and their efficacy has never been better! Talk to your orthodontist to learn more.  


Do you know anyone that uses Invisalign to straighten their teeth? You may not even realize that someone is actually wearing them; Invisalign is an aesthetically appealing alternative to traditional metal braces, using transparent aligning plates. A mold is taken that is generated into individual aligners set in a clear acrylic-style plate. Your provider has less discretion regarding individual movement of teeth, but the ability to remove the aligning plate as desired makes it the popular choice. Furthermore, they are easier to keep clean and brush than braces with fewer food and drink restrictions.  When you first are given your aligner, you wear it for a few weeks before a new aligner is constructed to replace the first. This continues as your teeth move and progress toward straightening. case. Plan on visiting your orthodontist about every six weeks for assessment and new aligning plates when you opt for Invisalign.  

The Costs

The costs of both braces and Invisalign are comparable, though you may need treatment longer when using Invisalign, which may or may not cost more over time. Also, remember that you might be able to cover part of the cost through your insurance. Talk to your provider to learn more and for more precise estimates regarding straightening your teeth. Some national averages found online indicate that traditional braces can cost between $3k-$7k, while Invisalign may cost $4k-$8k, all aspects considered.

So, which solution is right for you? The right choice depends on a lot of factors and your own personal preferences, too. Call or visit the Smile Experts at Reese Orthodontics – from gold braces to clear Invisalign, improve and enhance your smile today!

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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2057 Charlie Hall Blvd. STE D
Charleston, SC 29414


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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).