Invisalign vs. braces for orthodontic treatment

As family dentists, we know the importance of dental health education on beautiful, healthy smiles. Compare Invisalign and braces before you decide on the best method to

  • Improve your smile
  • Fix overcrowding
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Correct the alignment of your teeth including buck teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and too-prominent eye teeth or
  • Eliminate gaps and spaces between teeth




Nearly invisible


Dull gray to shiny metal
Nothing sharpSome pressure with new aligners


Wires can cut mouth, brackets irritate checks and gumsSome discomfort when wires are tightened
Similar to braces


Similar to Invisalign
Lukewarm water

Ease of cleaning

Takes longer to work around brackets and wires
Can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing

Ease of dental hygiene

Permanent so you have to be extra thorough with brushing and flossing

Foods allowed

No hard or sticky foods
Clear BPA-free plastic, no brackets or wires


Metal (which may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals)

Sports restrictions

Mouth guard needed to protect from cuts
6-18 months

Time commitment

12-24 months

Call Hughes and Hughes Family Dentists at 610-942-3321 to schedule a free consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you.

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