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Invisalign vs Braces: Which is better?

If you’re considering getting traditional braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you probably have a lot of questions about them.


For most, the outcomes of both treatments are very similar, but the treatments themselves are quite different.  The most important thing when considering orthodontic treatment is which will do the best job. 

Straightening your teeth is not something you want to have to do twice! Below we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons of each treatment, to help you with your decision. 

Invisalign vs Braces: What’s the difference?

Both Invisalign and traditional braces have the same aim: to straighten your teeth.  Traditional braces have been around for several decades, and have evolved as a treatment over this time. Invisalign first became available in the year 2000, so it has been around for much less time.

Braces use metal wire and brackets attached to the teeth to bring them into alignment over an extended period - sometimes years in extreme cases.

Although not invisible, modern braces have many subtle, clear or tooth-coloured options that make braces less conspicuous. Invisalign aligners are full trays, similar in appearance to a small mouthguard, but completely transparent.  Made of an advanced BPA-free plastic pioneered by NASA, Invisalign uses computer modelling to plan the exact stages your teeth will move through as they are realigned. 

Then a sequence of specially made trays is made for each of these stages, which are to be worn at least 22 hours a day.  These are replaced every 2 weeks or so, gradually moving your teeth into their new, straight position.  

Want to see what your teeth would look like after Invisalign treatment? Claim your free iTero consultation here.   

Invisalign: Pros and Cons

Invisalign Pros

  • Treatment is less noticeable than traditional braces
  • Treatment causes less discomfort because of wires, rubbing etc.
  • Very simple hygiene and cleaning, as trays are removed for eating etc.
  • Very low maintenance, no trips to the dentist, just need to wear and clean the aligner trays.
  • Cost is comparable to traditional braces
  • Good if you play contact sports regularly

Invisalign Cons

  • Trays can be lost or broken, leading to extra costs
  • If you don’t wear the trays as advised (22 hours a day), treatment could take longer
  • Invisalign is not suitable for all cases, particularly severely crooked teeth
  • Some discomfort when new trays worn

Traditional Braces: Pros and Cons 

Braces Pros

  • Much longer case history and understanding has been around far longer
  • Will be offered by all qualified orthodontists.
  • Doesn’t rely on the patient for ideal treatment (won’t forget to wear aligners)
  • Many different design and treatment modalities to keep them discreet
  • Suitable for all case types and can help almost any severe issue.
  • Not extra cleaning steps required apart from normal brushing and flossing

Braces Cons

  • May experience soreness and discomfort from wires and brackets rubbing etc.
  • May have some tooth discolouration or breakage (which can usually be repaired after treatment complete).
  • Might be unable to eat certain sticky or hard foods
  • Will require regular trips to the orthodontist for tightening and checks on the braces
  • Not ideal if playing rough or contact sports regularly

Which is better, Invisalign or braces?

We see that for most cases, there isn’t a clear winner when comparing Invisalign with traditional braces.  Due to the differences between them, it’s very hard to make an accurate comparison of success rates.  

If you’re the kind of person that will forget or neglect to wear them, you’d be much better of getting traditional braces. 

Finally, for some people with severe problems, or with more complex issues like over or under-bite, Invisalign may not be suitable. The best person to advise you on whether Invisalign or braces are the best option for you is your orthodontist.  They’ll be able to tell you whether Invisalign or braces will give you the outcomes you’re looking for, and which will fit well with your lifestyle. 

If you’re interested in Invisalign treatment, Metamorphosis can show you what your results will look like in your consultation, using brand new computer modelling technology iTero.  Click below  to book your free appointment or call us on 020 3828 7116 or email smile@metamorphosisorthodontics.com

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