Pros and Cons of Invisalign versus Braces
Mar 30 2017

Pros and Cons of Invisalign versus Braces

If you have crowded teeth or know somebody who does, you have probably considered orthodontics at some point. This not only improves the look of the teeth but also helps in chewing effectively, as well as in improving your periodontal and oral health. However, when it comes to straightening teeth, there are two main options: Conventional braces or Invisalign.

What exactly are Braces and what is Invisalign?

Braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets cemented to your teeth, and secured with wires and tiny rubber bands. You can get braces that match your enamel color quite closely, so they are more discreet and less visible. However, if you want to flaunt them you can also get rubber bands in different colors to make a fashion statement!

Invisalign on the other hand, has only been around since the year 2000. Invisalign is designed to be “invisible”. Aligner trays are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth while they are worn continuously. These trays are made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free, clear plastic. Your aligner trays are configured especially for your teeth by your dentist, who will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise, 3D image of your teeth. Each set of aligners gently guide the teeth into place and is worn for several weeks before moving on to the next in the series. It is essential that they be worn continuously, and removed only when eating and cleaning.

Braces are a more traditional treatment that has been around for a long time while Invisalign is relatively new. Because of this, it does not have the same history as Braces. Both, however, have their pros and cons. In this article, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of Invisalign versus Braces. This will help you and your family make an informed choice.

Pros for Braces

  • This has an extensive history of success over the last fifty years.
  • These are more effective for complex issues and getting your smile “just right” is often easier with Braces.
  • They cannot be removed by the patient, so they are straightening your teeth constantly during treatment.
  • No extra cleaning required other than regular brushing and flossing.
  • All orthodontists and many dentists have a long history of Braces as a treatment option.
  • For patients who are at risk for non-compliance, Braces are a quicker treatment path.
  • The treatment look can be customized.

Cons for Braces

  • During treatment, it is more unesthetic for some, especially when smiling and in photographs.
  • This treatment is not recommended for patients with compromised gum health and pre-existing dental health conditions.
  • The treatment wires and rubber bands require no gum chewing.
  • The patient has to eat a restricted list of foods that can be eaten without the Braces popping off.

Pros for Invisalign

  • The treatment is less noticeable and equally inconspicuous to others even during conversation.
  • The trays can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth.
  • It is easier to maintain good dental hygiene during treatment, and threading through brackets is not required.
  • The cost is comparable to Braces for the average patient.

Cons for Invisalign

  • For those patients who are fussy or non-compliant and remove the trays frequently during treatment, it can take longer for the teeth to straighten out.
  • Trays can be lost or replaced during treatment, resulting in additional costs.
  • Patients with severe crowding may not be good candidates for Invisalign, as the treatment may take very long, or may not even straighten the teeth completely.
  • For certain patients with exceptional alignment needs, the cost can exceed the price of Braces.

So, now you know a bit more about both Braces and Invisalign. We, at Grace&Adams refer patients to orthodontists for both options for straightening their teeth. Consult your dentist and research both methods before deciding on either. Rarely do I find a patient not pleased with the final result from their orthodontic treatment plan, regardless of the option they selected!

For more information on options for Braces vs. Invisalign or for a detailed dental consultation, contact Dr. Mark Grace or Dr. Tracy Adams at 206-623-5546 or at

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