Invisalign vs. Braces: Which is Better?

Differences Between Braces and Invisalign

It should come as no surprise that technology has advanced like crazy over the last few decades. For orthodontists, this means better options for getting you that picture-perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. Yay!

Now while newer options like Invisalign offer some obvious advantages over traditional braces (hint: they’re practically invisible!), how do you know which is better for you?

Many people seeking orthodontic treatment are presented with this same “Invisalign vs. Braces” question. Fortunately, there are a few major differences between these two types of braces that will make it easier to determine what’s most important to you.

It’s important to note, the only way to truly know if Invisalign or braces are better to treat your specific condition is with an orthodontic evaluation. Click here to request a free consultation with Dr. McIntosh in the Orlando area today.


Braces Pros and Cons

Traditional braces offer an array of benefits that may be useful for people looking to treat more severe orthodontic issues — but they also come with a number of downfalls that should be considered. Take a look at our lists below that break down the pros and cons of opting for braces over Invisalign.


Pros of braces:

  • Lower Cost: The average cost of metal braces is generally less than Invisalign
  • Can Correct Complex Issues: Braces are still the ideal choice for correcting severe or complicated orthodontic issues
  • Customizable: The option to add colored bands to your braces can make a big difference for kids and teens


Cons of braces:

  • Appearance: While the appearance of traditional metal braces has improved over the years, this is still the most noticeable type of braces
  • Pain and Discomfort: Wires and brackets from braces can poke the inside of your cheeks, gums and teeth, leading to discomfort or sensitive sores
  • Frequent Follow-Up Visits: Braces generally need to be adjusted every 6-8 weeks, which can become an inconvenience over the course of your treatment

Invisalign Pros and Cons

The Invisalign System uses a series of clear “aligners” that are worn like a retainer for about 2 weeks at a time. These aligners are created with 3D computer simulation that maps out a treatment plan to gradually move your teeth into their desired position. Invisalign is available to teens (Invisalign Teen) and adults with certain orthodontic problems. The following lists describe the pros and cons of using Invisalign over traditional braces.

Pros of Invisalign:

  • Clear Appearance: For those looking to be discrete about their braces, Invisalign is essentially invisible when worn, allowing for improved self-confidence even during treatment
  • Removable: Unlike braces, Invisalign can be easily removed for eating, drinking and cleaning
  • Metal Free: Invisalign has no wires or brackets, eliminating the risk of pain or discomfort from metal braces. Also, little to no time spent with follow-up adjustment visits

Cons of Invisalign:

  • Cost: While it’s impossible to predict the exact costs of your treatment, Invisalign is generally a bit more expensive when compared to the average cost of braces
  • Maintenance: Clear aligners need to be worn full-time except for eating, brushing, and flossing to effectively move and straighten your teeth. Also, aligner trays must be changed every two weeks
  • Not For All Conditions: While Invisalign is a great option for many people, it’s not a viable treatment for all issues. Dr.McIntosh will be happy to discuss the best treatment option for you.

Invisalign and Braces at McIntosh Orthodontics

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to orthodontics, and the same is certainly true about the type of treatment used to get you an award-winning smile. The only way to know whether Invisalign or braces are the right option for you is through an evaluation with a trained orthodontist.

Now that you know the basics of what sets braces apart from Invisalign, it’s time to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options with a professional. Click here to request a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. McIntosh in our Winter Park or Maitland office today!