Braces Vs. Invisalign

If you are considering braces vs Invisalign to straighten your teeth, or your kid’s teeth, you may have lots of questions. Which is more effective? Which is more affordable? Ultimately, you want to choose the treatment that will work best for you. So are braces or Invisalign which is the best choice for you or your teenager?

Both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Customers first began using Invisalign in 2000, so this treatment does not yet have the same history as braces.

Braces vs invisalign

Braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, you can get fasteners to more closely match your enamel color (making them more discrete), or you can get them in color to make a fashion statement with your mouth!

Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, clear plastic aligners are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, impressions, or the iTero scanner to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.

While both braces and Invisalign can help straighten teeth, they each have their own pros and cons. Take a look at the braces vs Invisalign comparison chart below.

Metal Braces Vs. Invisalign
Not removable Difference Removable
Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel color Color Clear/invisible
24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs Treatment time 22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs
$3,800-$5,500 Cost Average of $5,500
Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful. Maintenance Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water
About every month Follow up visits Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 6 to 8 weeks
Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night Follow up to treatment Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
  • Could be more effective for more complex issues
  • No temptation to leave them out, so less self discipline is needed for success
  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • No issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from wires
  • May have some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement
  • May have some tooth discoloration or breakage
  • May have difficulty eating sticky, hard foods
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining

Clearly, in comparing braces vs Invisalign, each has their pros and cons. Luckily, you have choices and we hope that this grid will help you make an informed decision when it comes to getting you the smile of your dreams! Please contact us for a complimentary evaluation and we will be able to answer all your questions.