Invisalign vs Brackets, What type of braces is right for you?

Invisalign vs Brackets, What type of braces is right for you?

If you are considering invisalign vs brackets to straighten your teeth or your kid’s teeth, you may be wondering which of the two is better, effective and more affordable. You will definitely want to choose a treatment that does the job most effectively, even if it costs more. So, Invisalign vs Brackets, What type of braces is right for you? Before we consider this question, let’s start by understanding each of the two orthodontic treatment options.


This treatment option is suitable for individuals searching for a non-obstructive orthodontic option. Unlike the brackets, this treatment option uses plastic dental trays that move teeth incrementally over a period of several weeks. The good thing with invisalign is that, it uses clear trays that are almost invisible and therefore, cannot easily be detected. The orthodontic solution does not cause any irritation to the gums. You can also remove the plastic trays for aesthetic purposes.

This orthodontic solution is suitable for patients who have mild to moderate teeth corrections and do not require advanced treatment. It is not recommended for every patient. At times, patients will need to undergo additional treatment if suffering from more severe malocclusions. It is important to contact your dental professional to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for invisalign.


These are usually made of metal brackets that are held together using the ligature. The good thing with metal brackets is that they are usually very strong. This enables them to withstand different types of treatments. Therefore, they are suitable for treating nearly all orthodontic problems, including the most severe ones. They are also less expensive, as compared to other treatment options. One of the biggest cons of the metal braces is that they cause irritation to the gums and teeth. However, most patients report getting used to the feeling after a few weeks.

Invisalign vs. brackets

Invisalign or Brackets what is better for me Now that we have understood the two treatment options, which of the two is better? Since Invisalign haven’t been around for long, it can be difficult to tell which of the two treatment options is more successful. Most dental professionals suggest that invisalign is primarily for aesthetic purposes rather than functional. Clear or metal braces are still better than invisalign as the brackets get bonded to the teeth and this gives the person better control of their teeth.

However, teens and adults who are conscious about their looks may be attracted by Invisalign. Since they are removable; the person may be able to eat, drink, floss and brush more naturally. However, if you do not like the idea of removing the tray during meals, Invisalign isn’t the best option for you. The success of invisalign will also depend on the person. If you don’t wear them regularly, they won’t be successful. When it comes to brackets, there is no option but to wear them. Also, if you are trying to address issues with the back teeth or you need to move or rotate teeth, Invisalign likely isn’t for you. If you need help to determine whether Invisalign or brackets are more suitable for you, you should ask a doctor.

Dr. Jonathan Everett

Dr. Jonathan Everett received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington and completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Washington State University. During this time, Dr. Everett served as both the President of the American Student Dental Association chapter as well as the Student Council Vice President. As a board-member of DentPAC for the Washington State Dental Association, Dr. Everett fought to maintain the quality of dental care provided in Washington State by working with state legislators and advocating for patient-centered dentistry in Olympia.

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