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Invisalign vs. Braces – Pros and Cons

If you’d like to straighten your teeth and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, you may wonder whether you should opt for Invisalign or braces. There is no hard and fast answer to this question as it depends on your unique situation. To make it a bit easier for you to select the right treatment, we’ve compiled this list of pros and cons for both Invisalign and braces. Without further ado, here they are. Our Waxhaw, NC orthodontist’s office can help you create the perfect smile.


Invisalign has been approved by the FDA since 1998. It involves straightening teeth through a series of clear, plastic aligners.


Comfortable: Invisalign aligners made from smooth, flexible material that you’re sure to find comfortable. Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal wires or brackets that can irritate your lips and cheeks. Raleigh Invisalign expert Jason Gladwell has stated that most of his patients find Invisalign the most comfortable orthodontic option.
Convenient: Since aligners are easy to remove, you can brush, floss, eat, and drink with ease. You won’t have to maneuver around wires and brackets or give up your favorite foods while undergoing treatment.
Precise: Our orthodontists use a special computer program to plan your Invisalign treatment with extreme precision. You’ll know exactly how long your treatment will take right off the bat.
Minimal Time Commitment: Once you move forward with your Invisalign treatment, you’ll only need to visit our office for checkups and a new set of aligners every six weeks. This is great news if you lead a busy lifestyle.


Self-Discipline Required: For optimal results, you must wear Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day. If you don’t have the self-discipline to do so and take them out for long periods of time, you’ll delay your progress.
Initial Speech Challenges: When you place your aligners in your mouth at first, you may find it difficult to pronounce certain words. It might take a few days to resolve any initial speech issues.


Traditional metal braces have been around for centuries. They are made of wire and brackets that are bonded to the front of your teeth.


Effective for Complex Cases: Time after time, traditional metal braces deliver exceptional results for even the most complicated cases. They can help you with misalignment, gaps, overcrowding, protruding, underbites, overbites, crossbites, and more. Richmond, Virginia Orthodontics has reported that braces successful fix those more challenging cases.
Durable: Metal braces are incredible strength and designed to withstand the daily wear and tear of brushing and chewing. In most cases, they are made of titanium and steel, materials that are stronger than ceramic and plastic.
Always Working: Due to the fact metal braces stay in your mouth at all times, they’re constantly working. You’ll be able to stay on track with your treatment without much thought and discipline.


Noticeable: Traditional metal braces consist of metal wires and brackets that are tough to conceal. You can expect for people to know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment if you go this route.
Hygiene Challenges: It may take some time and practice to figure out how to brush and floss your teeth. At first, you may have difficulties brushing and flossing. Our friend and Midlothian, VA dentist Dr. Brent Rusnak always suggest brushing twice a day and using that WaterPik once a day.
Food Restrictions: There are certain chewy, hard, and crunchy foods that are off limits while you have metal braces in your mouth. These include popcorn, corn chips, hard taco shells, taffy, gum, and ice.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Still unsure of which orthodontic treatment is best for your particular needs and preferences? Contact Chad Johnson Orthodontics today. Once we learn more about your teeth, mouth, gums (and lifestyle), we’ll be happy to make a recommendation. We look forward to hearing from you!