Invisalign vs. Braces

Woman Using Invisalign

While the end result is the same, when compared side by side, the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces quickly stack up. Invisalign offers a host of advantages over traditional teeth-straightening options. Knowing the pros and cons of each ahead of time will empower you to make a more confident decision, by knowing what to expect.

Cases Treated

Traditional braces, Fastbraces, and Invisalign are all capable of treating a variety of different cases. They can be used to address crowding, crossbite, overbite and underbite. They all work to straighten your teeth by slowly adjusting your teeth’s position in your mouth, creating slow movement towards the end goal of a healthier smile.

Invisalign Advantages

Unlike with braces, Invisalign doesn’t place any dietary restrictions on you. That’s because Invisalign is completely removable when eating, avoiding the unfortunate scenario where certain foods get stuck in your braces. Because of Invisalign’s ability to be taken off when needed, Invisalign also empowers you to have greater periodontal health by letting you more effectively brush and floss as normal.

Invisalign is also nearly invisible, allowing you to have the best smile at each stage of your treatment. It is made of a comfortable, smooth plastic rather than sharp and oftentimes abrasive metal. It also requires fewer in office visits and adjustments, with office visits only every 4 to 6 weeks, because of how Invisalign works.

Additionally, Invisalign Teen will provide up to 6 FREE replacement aligners if they get lost or broken!

Challenge of Braces

While braces are effective at straightening teeth, they often can cause pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries due to brace wires and tooth decay caused by inadequate brushing or flossing.

Braces also cause food particles to more easily get stuck in hard to reach spots, making oral health a greater challenge. Plaque build up, tooth discoloration (which can result in the need for teeth whitening), or difficulty eating can also accompany braces. The list of foods not to eat while wearing braces is also fairly extensive – everything from bagels to pizza to nuts to certain candies to corn on the cob… Braces can be quite challenging!

Other Alternatives

There is also the choice of not seeking treatment at all. This is always an option, but it is important to note that many orthodontic issues, if left untreated, will exacerbate with the passage of time and may become more serious down the road. There are many health benefits to straighter teeth and a proper bite, even beyond the cosmetic and self-confidence improvements that are apparent on the surface.


Give our office a call today to see if Invisalign is right for you. We’re happy to set up a consultation and answer any further questions you may have about your orthodontic needs.

Invisalign vs. Braces was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by Lisa Carr