Braces vs. Invisalign

Braces vs. Invisalign®

  • Stock, non-customized brackets that are glued to teeth, cannot remove
  • Must strictly comply for acceptable hygiene and rubber bands outcomes
  • Avoid eating hard, sticky, chewy foods
  • Visible to all
  • Additional time & effort required to clean teeth properly
  • Higher risk for white spot decalcifications from poor hygiene
  • Broken brackets and poking wires requiring additional appointments
  • Appointment intervals 5-7 weeks
  • Athletics require mouthguard over the top of the braces to prevent trauma from braces
  • Two to three days of discomfort after adjustments
  • Two to three week adjustment period for lips & tongue to acclimate
Clear Aligner (Invisalign)
  • Conveniently removed when eating & brushing
  • No risk of permanent stains (white spot decalcification) from poor hygiene
  • Comfortably worn 24/7
  • Shorter and fewer appointments
  • Convenient appointment intervals every 12-16 weeks
  • Virtually no speech interferences
  • More precisely controlled tooth movement
  • No food restrictions
  • More esthetic (far less visible)
  • Floss, brush, and mouth rinse normally
  • More suitable for patients with crowns & other dental work (bridges, fillings, etc.)
  • Aligner trays double as mouthguard for athletics
  • Clinically shown to be 10-20% faster than braces in some cases
  • Ideal for open bite correction