Invisalign Vs Braces: Pros And Cons

Posted on: 28 March 2016

So your dentist has told you that you need some work done, and that you have a choice of either Invisalign or standard braces. Well, having the choice is a good thing, no doubt. But how do you decide what is best for you? What are the pros and cons of each? Read on to find out.



The Invisalign system is known for being quick and effective, as well as nearly invisible. It consists of two trays that are moulded to fit your teeth, with enough changes to help shift your teeth over time. Because it is clear, it is not very noticeable at all, aside from a slight speech impediment when you first get it. This system is also very quick, requiring short treatments with different trays in order to achieve that perfect smile. As an added bonus, many people have reported that this method is less painful than traditional braces.


The Invisalign system doesn't work well for major changes to your mouth structure, such as tooth removal or addition. So if you need to have lots of work done, you might be better off going with traditional braces. The other major thing that it affects is your eating habits. You can not eat with the Invisalign trays in. For 22-23 hours a day, you are supposed to wear your trays. This means you literally only take them out to eat and brush your teeth. So, if you happen to like midnight snacks, or have a habit of eating and falling asleep, these may not be for you. For more information, contact a dentist like one from Stone & Johnson Dental Group.

Traditional Braces


Traditional braces have the ability to move more teeth around and make more drastic changes than the Invisalign system. They are also more flexible, so if you need more time in one spot or less in another, your braces can be made to fit that. The Invisalign can't.


Traditional braces do take more time to get used to them, and require a lot of maintenance. You are going to have a speech impediment for a while until you get used to the wires and brackets. As well, you have to learn how to brush around those wires and brackets, ensuring everything is kept clean. They can also be considerably more painful, depending on the level of work you are having done.

There you have it-- a basic overview of the pros and cons of Invisalign vs. traditional braces. Consult your dentist as well, and they can help to advise you with what would be best for you.