Difference between Braces and Invisalign

Difference between Braces and Invisalign

Metal Braces vs. Invisalign: How to choose the BEST option for YOU!

Perfectly straight teeth, a beautiful smile, who doesn’t want it? However, not everyone is blessed with it! And if you are looking to take the leap and get your teeth aligned to achieve that wonderful smile, we are sure you must have come across braces and aligners as a solution to your problem.

Braces are metal or ceramic appliances with a wire fixed on your teeth while aligners are a clear transparent device you need to wear to align your teeth. Braces can be metal or ceramic (tooth coloured) while aligners are clear. The most popular aligner is Invisalign though other brands exist. 

However, you may be still asking yourself, ‘Should I get metal braces or Invisalign?’ ‘ Which teeth straightening option is most effective?’ ‘Where do I get metal braces/ Invisalign done?’ etc. That is why we have made it easy for you by compiling all the details in a clear table below.



METAL braces


What are they?

These are metal brackets cemented on your teeth with a wire running through it to align your teeth.

These are BPA free plastic trays which are clear in color to align your teeth discreetly.


  1. They are fixed to your teeth so there is no chance of you losing them or having to remove them every time while eating.

  2.  You can not remove these by yourself, hence metal braces are advisable if you think you lack discipline in wearing them.

  3.  They are fixed to your teeth 24*7, hence, the treatment is generally completed faster within 1-2 years. 

  4.  They are generally more cost effective than invisalign treatment.

  5.  They are more effective in solving complex dental issues like rotated canines. etc.

  1. The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that the trays are clear and barely visible when worn, making them ideal for people who are concerned about aesthetics with braces.

  2.  The trays can be removed while eating, so there are no restrictions on hard/chewy food intake as with metal braces.

  3.  Since the trays are removable, better oral hygiene maintenance is possible

  4.  It is more comfortable for the patient to wear since the material is soft and flexible.

  5.  They require fewer appointments with the orthodontist so less time off work/studies. 


1. They are not aesthetic because of their silver colored brackets. 

2. Since the brackets are fixed with cement to your teeth, you will be asked to avoid any hard or chewy foods which can dislodge the brackets. 

3. It requires monthly appointments to the orthodontist to ‘activate’ the wire.

4. The sharp edges of braces may be irritating to some people and may result in cuts/ ulcers.

5. People, especially children playing sports can get hurt if they fall or are hit, and the braces pierce the tissues.

6. The teeth cleaning process is more time consuming with braces since food may be stuck and may require smaller orthodontic toothbrushes.  

1. Patient compliance is key. If you fail to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, 7 days a week, your treatment will not produce the desired results.

2. It can be inconvenient to take them out and wear them every time before and after drinking and eating anything other than water, especially in social situations.

3. Invisalign may not be suited for more complex cases such as back teeth bite issues, rotated canines and premolars, submerged teeth, etc. 

4. For complex cases, your dentist may recommend combining invisalign treatment with conventional braces for a certain duration to get the desired results. This results in increased costs.

5. They are generally more expensive than metal braces.

6. Cleaning the trays is a must to prevent build up every time. It should be done every time you remove and wear the trays and twice daily with a soft brush.

Both of the above options have their pros and cons. How do you select? It comes down to personal choice in most cases. However, to have a clearer picture of which is ideal for you, it is best to talk to an expert in the field. After all, this is your smile we are talking about!! Do not hesitate to contact our clinic for more information and take the first step towards a better smile NOW!