Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Posted by CAMERON STATION DENTAL CARE on Jul 28 2020, 10:22 AM

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Invisalign and braces are orthodontic correctional devices, which are used to treat various malocclusion issues such as open bite, crossbite, closed bite, overbite, underbite, spacing, crowding, etc. If you're one among the millions who are suffering from malocclusion, you might be confused about whether to choose Invisalign or braces to correct your condition. Well, here's a comparison between Invisalign and traditional braces, which would give you a clear idea about which is the better option.


Dental braces are made from different materials such as metal, composite, fiber, etc. They are easily visible when you smile or even talk. On the other hand, Invisalign is made from dental-grade clear plastic. It isn't easy to notice when you smile or talk since it is transparent. So, from the aesthetic point of view, Invisalign is far better compared to braces.

Eating and drinking habits

People who have braces would have several restrictions about what they can and cannot eat. This is because the chances of the food particles getting stuck between the braces are high, which could lead to discomfort, and worse, cavities. But, with Invisalign, there is no such problem as the aligners can be removed before having food or a drink. After eating food, you can wear it back on after cleaning your teeth. There is no restriction on your eating habits whatsoever!

Severity of malocclusion

Traditional braces are said to solve almost any type of malocclusion issue, from simple to complex. However, Invisalign is mostly used for minor malocclusion issues such as crowding, spacing, crooked teeth, etc.


Braces are fixed orthodontic devices. They are glued on to the teeth with the help of dental adhesives. But, Invisalign is a removable orthodontic device. It can easily be removed and worn again whenever the user needs to eat, brush their teeth, etc. Also, Invisalign is much safer than braces as it is custom manufactured according to the shape and contour of a person's teeth. It has no sharp edges, such as in the case of braces. Invisalign is also the more comfortable alternative compared to braces.

Follow-up visits

Braces have to be monitored once every month, and in some instances, more frequently. During the follow-up visits, the wires may have to be tightened or loosened; the brackets may have to be removed or replaced, etc. Invisalign, on the other hand, would require a follow-up visit once every six weeks.


Getting Invisalign is minimally painful. On the other hand, getting braces is much more painful as one or more teeth will have to be removed. It is also a more complex process compared to getting Invisalign.

Reach out to us on call at (703) 461-3000 or schedule an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.

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