Braces vs Invisalign - Which is Right for Me

If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth (or your kids teeth), the first question you’ll want to ask yourself is exactly how you’d like to straighten them.

Advances in dental technology have seen a number of new teeth-straightening methods hit the market in recent years, but for most people the big question is: Braces or Invisalign?

If you’ve gotten to this point in consideration, you probably have many questions – which one’s best for me? What’s the most cost effective? What can and can’t be treated? What are the pros and cons of each?


Braces vs. Invisalign: Which will Work Best for You?

This big question is a lot easier to answer when you break it into pieces. In the table below, we’ve listed some of the biggest and most important factors to consider when making the choice.







Silver, Coloured, or Clear Brackets


 Clear / Virtually Invisible


Treatment Time


Approx. 2 years (depending on patient needs)


 Approx 6 – 18 months (depending on patient needs)




Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth.


        Brush and rinse aligner trays in lukewarm water


Follow-Up Visits


Approx 1 per 6-8 weeks


Change aligner trays every 1 – 2 weeks.
Visits every 4 to 8 weeks. 
Follow Up Treatment


Retainer likely needed after braces are removed


Positioner or retainer likely needed after treatment, possibly just at night


What Ages can be Treated?


Child to Adult


Early Teens to Adult


Not Ideal For


Patients playing rough contact sports regularly


Patients with more complicated orthodontic problems


Cost$3000 – $9,000$6,000 – $9,000

Pros and Cons

While both braces and Invisalign can straighten your teeth, they both have particular pros and cons that go beyond what the table above has listed.

Are you likely to lose your Invisalign retainers? Maybe consider traditional braces. Do you have very sensitive teeth? Invisalign (without brackets and wires) may be for you. In the table below, we go over a few of the unique advantages and disadvantages of Braces and Invisalign. Each has advantages and disadvantages of its own.


Pros and Cons – Braces

  • More effective for more complex orthodontic problems
  • Requires less self-discipline (They’re permanent, so there’s no temptation to remove them)
  • No extra cleaning steps – just brush and floss as normal
  • May have some pain, sores or discomfort from wires and brackets
  • May have some tooth discoloration from brackets
  • May have difficulty eating sticky or hard foods


Pros and Cons – Invisalign

  • Nearly Invisible
  • Removable
  • No issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from wires
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining


Ready to Learn More?

As specialist orthodontists, we know better than anyone what a big choice getting treatment can be. If you’d like to read more, visit us online. Start learning about Invisalign here. For traditional braces, we offer a slightly more advanced and convenient technology called Damon braces. Learn about our Traditional Damon Braces here.

If you’ve got any questions, or would just like to speak to a specialist and get some more advice, get in touch!.


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