Invisalign VS Metal Braces

Invisalign VS Metal Braces
Posted on 02/22/2021
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By now you’re likely aware of the teeth straightening method that has taken the world by storm: Invisalign, the faster, more convenient way to straighten your teeth. But has Invisalign made metal braces obsolete, or are there some cases when metal braces are actually preferable to Invisalign? These are not questions that you want to leave to chance, which is why we at White Orthodontics have put together a comprehensive guide to Invisalign and metal braces—so you can find out for yourself which orthodontic treatment is right for you!


Invisalign is a clear mold made from a super-durable polymer which, when applied to your teeth, can help straighten them quickly and without needing to put any metal in your mouth. There are many advantages to Invisalign, but we thought we would list them clearly here.

  • Its Invisible:

    One of Invisalign’s primary advantages is the fact that it is effectively invisible from most distances, allowing Invisalign patients to be confident in their smile even while they are straightening their teeth.
  • Easy To Wear, Easy To Take Off:

    Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is easily removable and can be taken out at any time. Whether you are sitting down to eat, playing in a sporting event, or going on a date, you can remove your Invisalign whenever you want.
  • Less Time Than Braces

    Invisalign works so quickly that most Invisalign patients are done with the treatment in under 18 months. Faster than braces, it is clear why Invisalign is the teeth straightening choice for many teens and adults.

Metal Braces

Metal Braces are the time tested method that we know is reliable and will get us the results we want. But if Invisalign is faster and more convenient, why are braces still being used? Here are some reasons that you may want to consider braces as your teeth straightening method of choice:

  • Severely Misaligned Teeth

    Braces have the benefit of being extremely sturdy while exerting constant pressure to straighten out your teeth. This is especially useful for patients with severely misaligned teeth or with severe malocclusions
  • For The Forgetful:

    If you are someone who might have trouble keeping track of their Invisalign or remember to wear it every day, sometimes braces are the better option. There is no room for human error when it comes to braces, and sometimes that makes the process faster than Invisalign.
  • Address The Root Of The Problem:

    Braces apply pressure using wires that are secured to the front of your teeth, and exert force along the entirety of your smile. This method allows them to change where your teeth are actually rooted, which can be a more effective method of straightening out some smiles.

The Best Way To Decide Between Invisalign and Metal Braces

While Invisalign boasts an impressive resume, metal braces have obvious advantages as well. The best way to decide between your two options for orthodontic treatment is to visit White Orthodontics in Florissant and O’Fallon, MI. During your visit one of our highly trained staff will walk you through the process of each treatment and help you decide based on your dental history which treatment is best for you. Don’t wait, because when left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Contact White Orthodontics today to find out more or to schedule an appointment!