Lady holding Invisalign aligners and braces, deciding which one to choose.

If you are an adult, the thought of braces and wires attached to your teeth may make you think twice about pursuing orthodontic treatment. Would Invisalign be better? Your child’s orthodontist recommended either braces or Invisalign, which option is really the best choice?

The pros and cons of Invisalign and braces

Both Invisalign and braces are effective means of straightening teeth, but they both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Braces consist of brackets that are attached to your teeth and connected by a wire. Braces align teeth from the force of the wire gradually pulling teeth into position. Invisalign is an innovative technology consisting of virtually invisible trays that fit over the teeth. Invisalign works by the force of the plastic pushing the teeth into position.

Often this requires the placement of “attachments” or clear composite bumps bonded to the teeth because plastic trays are forgiving and sometimes can’t “grab” a smooth tooth to move it effectively.

People like Invisalign because it is removable and therefore is easier to eat. You don’t have to contend with wires and brackets where food can get stuck. It is also easier to brush and floss without wires and brackets in place. And there are fewer food restrictions like there are with braces because you don’t have to worry about hard foods breaking off braces or popping wires out.

Given that Invisalign is less noticeable and more comfortable than braces, you would think this would make it the best option! Surprisingly not! Dr. Barbara Fodero has often heard from many adults who find it to be a burden to take the trays in and out to eat, and often forget to put them back in! Invisalign requires at least 20 hours of wear each day to be effective.

If you cannot commit to 20 hours or more a day, your treatment will take longer, and you may not get the outcome you desired. For that reason, braces may work faster and have more predictable results simply because they cannot be removed. Braces are also less expensive than Invisalign.

Will Invisalign work for teenagers?

Some parents are concerned that Invisalign won’t work for their teenager. Believe it or not, most teenagers are better are wearing their aligners than adults! Also, if you have a child that struggles with oral hygiene, Invisalign is a better option. There is less risk of decalcification or cavities in patients treated with Invisalign.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign or braces?

Certain tooth movements or bite corrections are best treated with braces while others are best treated with Invisalign. Sometimes a combination, such as Invisalign on the top teeth and braces on the bottom teeth, is an esthetic compromise that works well. An orthodontist’s expertise can help guide you to which option would give you the best correction and a beautiful smile.

Invisalign vs. Braces: Which one will you choose?

At Chatham Orthodontics, Invisalign and braces are available at our office. We bring you the latest technologies and techniques to make your decision on orthodontics that much easier:

You’re in Expert Hands:

Dr. Fodero is an “evidence-based” orthodontist. This means she dedicates the time to research any new services to make sure they are proven to work. Also, she attends continuing education courses regularly to stay on top of the latest advancements.

Digital Technology:

You don’t have to endure goopy impressions. It can all be done on the iTero Scanner, which gently takes a digital impression of your smile. This makes your treatment more accurate and comfortable.

Quicker Treatment Times:

It’s possible to cut treatment time by 3-10 months, thanks to Propel Orthodontics. You’ll start smiling in no time!

Easy and Convenient Options:

We’re busy parents ourselves, which is why we do everything possible to make your trip to the orthodontist as easy as possible, including flexible financing, evening and Saturday appointments, same-day treatment, and so much more.

Ready to get started? Contact our office today!