Common concerns when deciding to get braces are the variety of styles currently available on the market and how to decide which one is right for your lifestyle. While factors including age and intensity of a patient’s prescribed orthodontic treatment will certainly influence this decision, the needs of one’s lifestyle will also play a big role. We’ve discussed the various types of braces here, but want to continue this conversation by defining the main differences between traditional metal braces and the more modern option, Invisalign.

Metal or Ceramic (Tooth Colored) Braces

Metal braces tend to get a bad rep; when picturing this style, it is hard not to think of the label “metal mouth.” However, recent advancements have helped to minimize the harsh appearance of this style of orthodontia. The metal brackets and wires that characterize this style are made much smaller than they have been in previous decades. Also, some archwires are configured with heat-activated technology that works with your body to make teeth movement quicker and less painful. The advantages of braces include: 

  • Cost– they tend to be the least expensive orthodontic option.
  • Effectiveness– this style does the best job of combatting overcrowded teeth. It also allows your orthodontist the control they need to move teeth in small increments. 
  • Personality– Metal braces provide children and teens the option to use colored brackets and elastics, creating a look that is uniquely their own! 


In recent years, Invisalign has become a highly sought out option for adult and teenage patients. These clear, plastic trays are removable and must be replaced every two weeks. Not everyone, however, is a good candidate for Invisalign; so all interested patients must first complete a consultation to determine the effectiveness of Invisalign for their necessary orthodontic care.  As opposed to braces, Invisalign allows wearers to eat and drink as they normally would.

Additional benefits include: 

  • Maintenance– Invisalign allows you to eat and drink as you normally would, whereas braces may require a change in eating certain foods. 
  • Appearance– Invisalign is almost undetectable thanks to clear plastic and a custom fit.

Disadvantages to Invisalign are:

  • Treatment– This style can potentially prolong the length of one’s orthodontic treatment.
  • Cost– Invisalign can be a more expensive orthodontic option.
  • Value– This style does not work for many serious orthodontic problems and is only available to adults and teens. 

If you would like more information on the differences between metal braces and Invisalign, or would like to know which option would be best for you, please call our offices to schedule a consultation or appointment! 

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