Invisalign vs Braces: What are the Pros and Cons?

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So you're looking to get that perfect smile and you're not sure which is the best way to go: Invisalign or braces? Both get the job done but have different pros and cons.


We believe your teeth and smile should be something that you love and are proud of. Let's External link opens in new tab or windowget your smile the way you want it with the method you desire. So, what do you need to know in the debate of Invisalign vs braces?

The Full Scoop On Invisalign

External link opens in new tab or windowApproved by the FDA in 1998, Invisalign are a system of clear aligners that are custom made for each individual patient. Invisalign use a series of trays that fit snugly over your teeth to correct misalignment, gaps, or crowding. It is practically invisible, meaning you can get on with your day-to-day life and no one will ever know you're wearing them.

Advantages of Invisalign

Now, there are many advantages to these clear-like braces; they:


  • Are removable so you can take them off to eat, brush your teeth, and clean the trays

  • Won't cause cuts or snags in your mouth like traditional braces do

  • Require fewer trips to the orthodontist compared to traditional braces as they are often replaced with new trays every two weeks

  • Are comfortable to wear and can be adjusted easily

  • Invisalign can take anywhere from 6-18 months to complete treatment.

Disadvantages of Invisalign

On the other hand, the downfalls include:


  • Invisalign trays need to be worn for about 22 hours a day, so you must have the discipline to wear them as directed by your orthodontist.

  • Invisalign might not be suitable for all cases, especially more severe ones.

  • They cost more than other orthodontic treatments.

The Breakdown On Braces

The classic, old braces are a traditional orthodontic treatment that is used to align teeth and fix spacing and bite issues.External link opens in new tab or window Braces use metal brackets and wires that are cemented on the teeth until they are in the desired position.

Pros of Braces

Unlike Invisalign, braces offer the following benefits:


  • Can be used for more complicated cases that Invisalign can't tackle

  • They might be a more cost-effective option than Invisalign.

Cons of Braces

However, braces come with their disadvantages too:


  • It is difficult to keep your mouth clean while wearing braces due to food getting caught in them.

  • It can be uncomfortable and painful for the wearer during the adjustment period and after check ups when the wires are tightened.

  • They are more visible than Invisalign, so it is harder to hide them.

No Matter Your Choice, North Pole Dental Can Help!

No matter which option you choose—Invisalign vs braces—it is important to keep your teeth and gums clean. Regular brushing and dental visits are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At the end of the day, an aligned smile can still be unhealthy if it’s not well taken care of!


At North Pole Dental, we believe that a healthy smile is essential for overall health and well-being. We offer regular checkups to make sure that your oral health stays in tip-top shape. And if you’re curious about Invisalign or braces, speak with us at your next appointment—we would be happy to point you in the right direction for your individual case! So don't wait,External link opens in new tab or window book an appointment today to get started on your journey to the perfect smile!