Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Compared to wearing traditional braces, is it better to wear Invisalign? Read on to discover the many differences between these tooth-straightening techniques and how their treatment plans work.

Conventional braces and Invisalign are two popular orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth gradually. Having both been approved by the GDC, it can be challenging to determine which treatment is better.

When deciding between Invisalign aligners and braces, it’s crucial for people to consider factors such as the level of correction needed, age, and lifestyle. In this section, we will look into everything you’ll need to learn about choosing between Invisalign and braces.

So, which one is better for you?

Take a look at the benefits of clear aligners and the advantages of conventional braces to see which one’s right for you.

Pros of Clean Aligners:

  • Looks – The Invisalign retainers are nearly invisible to other individuals. They are loved by adults, teens, and peers alike for the very same reason.
  • Food Friendly – For best results, you should wear your Invisalign for at least 20 to 22 hours each day, enabling you to remove them while you’re eating. This means that you don’t have to change the way you eat or what you eat. With Classic Braces, some people are unable to make full use of certain types of foods.
  • Good for Brushing – As well as when eating and drinking, you’ll also remove your Invisalign retainers to clean your teeth. With nothing on your teeth to stop you, you can maintain brushing and flossing as you did previously.
  • Convenient Treatment – You hardly have to visit any orthodontist if you’re using Invisalign. The appointments that you are most likely to have with the orthodontist only occur when your aligners need to be adjusted. You don’t generally have to miss work to get your braces realigned.
  • Comfortable – Clear aligners fit flush against the teeth and don’t cause the cuts and discomfort that braces can. While wearers do experience some pain in the teeth shifting, the inside of the mouth is mostly spared pain with Invisalign.

Cons of Clear Aligners

  • Unsuitable for Very Complex Corrections – Transparent braces do not provide the same service for everyone and are usually ideal for procedures where mild correction is required.
  • Discipline is Needed – Being able to remove your aligners is both a benefit and a detriment. If you are not a disciplined person about putting your aligners back into your mouth after eating or brushing, you aren’t going to wear them the necessary 22 hours each day. Your treatment may not produce optimum results if you don’t wear them as long.
  • Frequent Tooth Brushing – If your oral hygiene isn’t good, don’t wear an Invisalign aligner, as bad breath and cavities may arise. After eating or drinking, you should brush your teeth thoroughly. Because most people snack throughout the day, daily brushing time may triple or quadruple when using Invisalign.
  • May Need Attachments – A few users require small tooth attachments that connect to the clear aligners, such as buttons. These attachments help control tooth motions and have to be attached and detached by a dentist. That’s why additional consultations may be needed for users who need attachments, and the attachments are visible through the clear aligners.
  • Cost – Because of the advancement in 3D printing technology and the flexible framework of Invisalign, the cost of this orthodontic methodology is similar to that of the braces. However, if your treatment is very complex, you might require braces to finalise the process. This can result in a more expensive treatment.

Pros of Traditional Braces:

  • Versatile – With braces, it does not matter how difficult your case is. You may have several dental and facial issues that need it fixed – braces can be used to fix each one so you can end treatment with a great smile.
  • Powerful – Braces have an advantage over Invisalign in that they can generate more desirable results. Braces exert a greater pressure on teeth in order to move them into the right position. Invisalign is less capable of moving teeth quickly due to its structure.
  • Multiple types of Braces available – While metal braces are the least expensive option, you can also get behind-teeth (lingual) and ceramic braces for a much more discrete look. Without the traditional metal brackets and wires, you can achieve remarkable results.
  • Drink Friendly – Braces do not stain and are resistant to heat, so wearers may enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or other beverage during the day without needing to remove brackets or risk staining.
  • Unremovable – Users can not remove the braces without help of an orthodontist, but making a permanent attachment requires less determination. There is no need to remove a mouthpiece before eating or make sure that it’s in place for 20 hours or more per day.

Cons of Traditional Braces:

  • Aesthetics – Some people do not necessarily like the appearance of traditional braces. They may feel self-conscious about themselves in certain social situations.
  • Brushing Teeth takes more effort – Brushing and flossing your teeth is a bit more difficult than regular but is still possible with braces. If you do not take the time to clean your teeth properly, you risk having plaque build-up around the braces that may result in staining and decay. Patients need to follow the instructions of their orthodontist regarding how to properly clean your teeth while wearing braces.
  • Unsuited for certain food – People with braces shouldn’t have particular food items, including gum, bagels, hard candy, and popcorn, because it can be stuck between the braces and damage the braces or the wires. Mistaken food choices may cause problems requiring a visit to the orthodontist.
  • Frequent Dentist Visits – Braces require regular orthodontic office visits, unlike aligners.
  • Can Stain Teeth – Since metal brackets typically remain in place for over a year, users may still notice a big variance in the colour of their teeth after removal. Nevertheless, most people can still re-establish the whiteness of their enamel by maintaining good brushing habits and whitening their teeth right after treatment.


In the end it really comes down to personal preference and treatment complexity. If you need help choosing, feel free to contact us. We can advise you on which option best suits your personal needs and give you a free estimated quote.