Braces vs Invisalign: Which Is Better For You?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment then you might have questions like: how much will it cost?, how long will it take?, and which is better for me? – traditional braces or Invisalign? Luckily, we are here to help answer all those questions and more! Since each option will help to straighten teeth and give you a beautiful smile let’s break down the specifics so you know what to expect.

Braces are the traditional form of orthodontic treatment and have been used for decades. They consist of brackets that are glued to the teeth and come in stainless steel or clear (tooth colored) ceramic. These self-ligating brackets hold a wire active to allow steady movement. Elastics are often used to move teeth or bite into the proper position as well.  Invisalign was developed in 2000. Invisalign is a system using clear trays made of BPA-free plastic. The trays are virtually invisible and gently move teeth. Usually there are tooth colored attachments that are placed on certain teeth to help move them into the proper position. The table below will help to show some of the differences and similarities between these two treatments.



Metal or clear brackets are attached to teeth and a wire is run through to hold teeth and produce movement.


Clear trays that are virtually invisible and fit over the teeth.



Brackets are affixed to teeth for 24/7 wear for the entire treatment.


Patients remove trays for eating, drinking and oral hygiene. Needs to be worn 20-22 hours a day.



Some initial discomfort when braces are placed and adjusted. Brackets and wires can irritate the mouth tissue.  Discomfort is short lived and easily managed.


Some initial discomfort when changing to a new tray aligner, but discomfort is easily managed.



Patients need to keep teeth, gums, and braces free of food and debris to prevent white spots, inflamed gums and cavities. Frequent brushing and flossing are needed to remove build-up around the braces.


Patients need to keep trays clean at all times by following cleaning protocols. Brush and floss teeth after meals to keep teeth clean and prevent white spots, inflamed gums and cavities.



Avoid foods that are sticky, crunchy, chewy or hard. These foods can cause a bracket to break or a wire to pop out. Avoid carbonated beverages, sports drinks and flavored waters.


There are no food restrictions. Take the trays out when you eat or drink. Make sure not to drink anything but water with trays in.



Effective for all ages! Most beneficial for complex cases, twisted or impacted teeth, or those not disciplined to keep trays in.


Effective for all ages! Most beneficial for spacing and bite issues, and those disciplined enough to wear the trays as prescribed.

No matter what choice you make, Invisalign or traditional braces will help to give you a beautiful smile! Give us a call today with any questions and let us get you set up with a free consultation to see what options are ideal for you. 208-734-4314.

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