Braces vs. Invisalign: How to Know Which Is Better for You

Braces vs Invisalign: Which Do Dentists Prefer?

Whether you desire the smile of your dreams or are tired of living with discomfort due to crowded teeth, straightening your smile is a decision that can help improve your health and boost your self-esteem. 

While various practices have been developed to help realign your teeth, most patients and dental professionals still prefer both traditional metal braces and Invisalign®. Why? Each option has distinct advantages, including decreasing your chances of these dental issues:

Are you debating between Invisalign or braces? We understand deciding on lengthy procedures can prove challenging. Allow us the chance to help by listing how traditional braces and Invisalign can assist you in your search for straighter teeth.

Why Choose Traditional Braces Today?

Traditional metal braces are the earliest type of braces and, perhaps, the most popular form of dental realignment. Today, they are much less noticeable than the typical “metal mouth” representation of the past. The archwires are also now heat-activated to move with your teeth more quickly and with less discomfort.

Our patients have experienced several benefits by choosing traditional braces.

Benefits of Traditional Braces 


  • Fix Difficult Dental Issues Fast


Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces can help patients with more difficult or complex dental problems and do so relatively quickly. They can usually straighten your teeth while closing gaps more rapidly than Invisalign. 


  • Recommended for Children


Traditional braces are typically much easier for children to maintain. Braces are also a dentist’s first choice for improving their dental issues. Plus, with countless colors, kids will love being able to choose the style they wish.


  • More Durability 


Traditional metal braces are more durable compared to other orthodontic treatments. While plastic and ceramic devices can crack, metal can withstand more pressure. If you’d rather not worry about breaking or replacing your braces, you may want to consider traditional metal braces.

Why Invisalign Can Be an Ideal Choice

While traditional braces can help solve more serious dental issues, Invisalign can be an ideal choice for those trying to fix smaller, less complicated matters. If you are eligible, we recommend this solution for a more aesthetic approach.

Benefits of Invisalign


  • Comfort and Control


Many patients prefer Invisalign’s comfort over traditional braces, mainly due to its removable aligners that you can take out if your mouth becomes sore. For instance, unlike braces, you can take your aligner trays out to eat. Removing them is effortless.


  • Convenient Cleaning


Are you tired of getting gunk stuck in your braces? With Invisalign, it’s easy to remove your aligner trays and brush them whenever you want. We suggest that you soak your aligners in Invisalign-approved solutions at least once a day to help ensure cleanliness.


  • Fewer Office Visits


Traditional braces require more frequent dental visits to tighten the rubber bands or wires. Invisalign gives your schedule more freedom, while ensuring teeth repositioning progress stays on course.


  • Food Freedom


Although you should never eat with your Invisalign in (the pressure can cause cracks), using this option does enable you to eat and drink whatever you want. Feel free to snack on popcorn, peanuts, and more… but first remove the aligners.


  • Less Visibility


Perhaps the biggest perk to Invisalign is its ability to go almost unseen—a huge factor for most who might not require the quickness of traditional braces. Feel more confident in photos and smile more often with the clear comfort of Invisalign.

Discover Your Dream Smile with Peace Haven Family Dentistry

Dental issues can come in all shapes and sizes, such as…

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Gap teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Are you ready to revamp your smile? We recommend discussing any serious medical decision first with an expert. 

To discover your Invisalign eligibility schedule an appointment.

Wondering which is better for you: Braces vs Invisalign?

Call our staff of specialists to discuss the best option for you!

Houston Symmes

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