Pros and Cons of Invisalign vs Braces

Pros and Cons of Invisalign vs Braces

There are two main types of orthodontic treatment you’re likely considering in order to straighten your teeth: Invisalign or braces. Depending on the complexity of your case one may work better for you than the other.  In some cases, either Invisalign or braces will get the job done and so it may be up to personal preference.  There are some main differences that can be helpful when deciding which treatment will work best for you.


What you’re probably thinking about first is which will look better. Invisalign is made of two parts– the attachments (clear bumps put on teeth) and the clear trays which fit over the attachments. Many people like the look of Invisalign because it’s transparent so you can see your teeth through it. Since it’s more subtle, adults especially tend to gravitate to it. However, some people think braces look cool  and enjoy being able to choose colorful brackets that coordinate with the seasons. On the other hand, some people don’t like the way the metal looks in their mouth, so it’s just personal preference.


With Invisalign, you remove the trays each time you eat. This might be inconvenient if you’re a big snacker. One pro of Invisalign  is that you can eat all the foods you normally would and don’t have to worry about breaking a bracket. You can also brush and floss like you normally do, whereas brushing and flossing with braces takes a little extra time. The con of Invisalign is you need to be careful not to lose your trays when removing them during the day and it’s best to always keep them in their case. If you put them in a tissue they might be accidentally thrown away. Some people are also a little embarrassed to remove them in public.

The biggest con of Invisalign is your teeth will only move when there’s a constant active force on them, so your teeth will only move while wearing the aligners. You need to wear the aligners 18-20 hours a day to see movement in your teeth. A benefit of braces is they’re always working for you 24 hours a day and you don’t have to think about it.

A con of braces is if you end up breaking a bracket, you will need to schedule an emergency appointment to get it replaced. Ideally you should modify your diet slightly to avoid ice, sticky, chewy, hard foods to avoid breaking a bracket.

Another pro Invisalign is you don’t need to come visit the office as frequently. If you’re doing well with your trays, you can just change them out yourself so you can do more remote treatment if that works better with your work or school schedule.