Until recently, braces were the only option for someone who wants to get their teeth straight and aligned or has bite issues. Braces are efficient and effective in correcting various teeth conditions and impropriety. However, the development of technology provided a new method that can replace braces, and it’s called Invisalign. But for someone looking for a solution for teeth correction, it can be confusing which alternative will better meet their needs. For this reason, Dental Implants orthodontic specialists have made this comprehensive article revealing the differences between braces and Invisalign and the pros and cons of each to help you realize which option better suits your preferences and requirements.


Even though braces are nothing new and have been around since ancient times in different forms, today braces are more comfortable and reliable than ever. 

Braces are constructed from small brackets that are bounded to teeth and interconnected with a metal wire. They apply the pressure to teeth and bone structure causing their repositioning and rotation. To achieve the desired result, which is to adjust the teeth’ position and place, the orthodontist carefully and strategically places brackets and regulates the pressure. The orthodontist closely monitors the process, which usually considers adjustments to ensure that the process is going in the right direction in achieving the desired results.

There are three types of braces. The most common and less costly are metal braces. Ceramic braces are less noticeable as they can match the color of a patient’s teeth. The lingual braces are placed on the inside of a mouth, from the back (inner) side of teeth, and are convenient for people who want invisible braces. Lingual braces are hardly detectable but their con is that they are most uncomfortable compared to the other two types.


Traditional braces might be a better option for severe dental issues. They consistently apply pressure to teeth providing continuous correction. Braces are a more affordable alternative to retainers and can be fully customized to produce a specific correction which results will most probably last for a lifetime.


As braces brackets are temporarily attached to teeth, they are convenient for trapping food residues and bacteria. Therefore, hygiene during the time wearing braces has to be rigorous. Also, having braces considers avoiding certain kinds of food that cause the bracket to disconnect from a tooth. 

Right after having braces attached to teeth, a patient might have a hard time getting used to the feeling of having a device in their mouth. Additionally, every time a dentist makes the adjustments can cause discomfort and an unpleasant feeling of pressure in the teeth.

Another thing that can come as a bother to patients is frequent visitations to a dentist. 

The last con of braces is that they are visible and might not be an optimal solution for those who aim to achieve a discreet look while in a process of teeth alignment.


Invisalign is a device that provides the same job as braces but is not attached to teeth like fixed braces. Invisalign is considered appropriate for correcting less severe teeth misalignments, spacing, crossbite, and crowded teeth. 

Unlike fixed braces Invisalign is removable. The patients should wear them at least 22 hours a day to provide the desired effect. Their mobility provides an opportunity for patients to take out their Invisalign when needed. For example, during meals, when brushing teeth, or in specific situations and personal preferences, such might be to take a photo.

Contrary to fixed braces that last as long as a person is required to wear them, Invisalign requires getting a new one after two weeks of wearing a single Invisalign. 

Invisalign gradually corrects the teeth’ position due to every aligner in Invisalign correcting a misalignment by a tiny margin. 

Unlike braces, Invisalign is not suitable for patients that have dentures, teeth bridges, or false teeth, and who suffer from periodontosis or gum diseases.


Probably the major advantage of Invisalign is that they are nearly invisible, therefore suitable for people who want to straighten their teeth most discreetly. Their mobility provides people the ability to eat every kind of food, unlike people with fixed braces. Also, Invisalign is more comfortable for wearing than braces, easier for cleaning, and more convenient in maintaining proper oral hygiene.

Additionally, if a dentist applies a whitening gel inside an Invisalign it can also have a whitening purpose.


The main con of Invisalign is that it is more costly than fixed braces. Another disadvantage of Invisalign is that it might not be an adequate solution for severe cases of teeth issues.

Final thoughts

Both braces and Invisalign are effective and reliable ways to achieve a perfect smile. However, depending on particular cases one option can be more efficient than another. Either way, various braces and retainer options will surely fix your issues and provide you with the beautiful smile you aim for.