Pros And Cons Of Invisalign Vs Braces

Pros and Cons of Invisalign vs Braces

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Pros and Cons of Invisalign vs Braces

Post Date: June 25, 2024

Author Name: Twin Smiles Orthodontics

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.

Invisalign vs Braces for Kids

It depends on your kid’s personality and lifestyle whether Invisalign or braces will be a better fit. For some kids, it’s too hard to remember to take the trays in and out, so braces are easier. On the other hand, some young patients do great at remembering and are some of our best patients! If you think your kid is conscientious enough, Invisalign could work as long as they’re wearing them for 18-20 hours a day, otherwise treatment length maybe extended.

Invisalign vs Braces for Adults

Again, it depends on your personality and lifestyle in terms of what will work best for you. Both braces and Invisalign can be used to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Because of aesthetic reasons though, many adults opt for Invisalign because they look more like your natural teeth.

Which Takes Longer - Invisalign or Braces?

Length of treatment depends on how severe your case is, but the length of treatment time between Invisalign and braces is pretty comparable.

Which Is More Painful - Invisalign or Braces?

One is not necessarily more painful than the other. Any time  your teeth start to move with orthodontic force with either Invisalign or braces you might experience some soreness and discomfort. You can take the same type of over the counter medicine you’d take for a headache for relief. Some people don’t need it at all, it totally depends on the person.

What Types of Cases Are Better For Invisalign vs Braces?

Some cases are better treated with Invisalign and some cases are better treated with braces. Invisalign usually is not the best option if you have an impacted tooth that you want to bring into your mouth. On the other hand, Invisalign is usually the best option if you stopped wearing your retainers and want to re-straighten your teeth.

Invisalign Braces
Transparent and more subtle  
Ability to choose colorful rubber bands  
Similar treatment length times to align teeth and improve smile
Easily remove trays between meals so you can eat the same foods you normally would  
Suggested to modify diet slightly, but the braces are always working for you and you can’t lose them  
Removable so you can brush and floss like normal without having to add additional time to oral hygiene routine  
Fewer visits required to the office  
Recommended retainer wear after treatment to  keep teeth in place
Invisalign vs Braces Price

Here at Twin Smiles Orthodontics in Palo Alto, we don’t want price to rule out the type of treatment that would be the best fit for you, so we charge the same fee for Invisalign and braces. For more information, read more here and schedule a free consultation. We’d love to meet you and answer any additional questions you have!

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