Braces vs. Invisalign®: Which is Right for You?

Considering transforming your smile but don’t know where to begin? Deciding which orthodontic treatment is best for you depends on your unique needs! Our experts pride themselves on offering the most advanced, aesthetic, and healthy options—customized to you.

Self-ligating (Damon) braces are excellent for many patients and achieve extremely precise, healthful results. On the other hand, Invisalign is a flexible, subtle, and modern way to receive orthodontic care. In reality, there is no “better” option—only a better option for you, your lifestyle, and your orthodontic needs! Here are some of the main differences between braces and Invisalign.

Aesthetic considerations

One of the main differences between braces and Invisalign is their appearance. While self-ligating braces require brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are clear and fitted to the teeth, which makes them nearly “invisible.” For teenagers and adults who likely care more about their appearance, the aesthetic advantages of Invisalign may be a big factor in their decision.

However, if you aren’t a good candidate for Invisalign, you can smile wide and proud. Damon Braces are more aesthetic, discreet, and streamlined than traditional metal braces of the past. They even come in clear for a more discreet look!

Lifestyle and convenience

When it comes to braces vs. Invisalign, the question of convenience is very subjective. Braces are fixed to your teeth, while aligners are removable for eating, brushing, and drinking. While the removable aspect of Invisalign simplifies eating and oral hygiene (just pop them out for food, then brush and floss thoroughly!), patients must be diligent with the care and wear of their aligners. For patients who think they might lose removable aligners, forget to wear them, or eat and drink with them on, braces may be a better option. With braces, patients cannot derail their treatment by forgetting to wear appliances, though they must commit to excellent oral hygiene habits.

Time in treatment

The duration of orthodontic care really varies from person to person. Those who qualify for Invisalign may have a milder case than someone undergoing a plan, like two-phase treatment. At the end of the day, the timeline of your care will be very specific to you and your teeth! With Invisalign, patient compliance will also dictate how quickly we can transform your smile.

There are many factors to take into consideration before braces or Invisalign. However, we are happy to walk you through the details—call Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics at (614) 423-8177 to schedule an appointment today!