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Colm Smith Dental  >  Orthodontics   >  Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Differences between Invisalign and fixed braces

Advantages of Invisalign

  • Most aesthetic orthodontic option
  • Comfortable
  • Can be removed for eating and cleaning
  • Treatment can take as little as 3 months
  • No diet restrictions
  • No change to oral hygiene regime
  • Can be removed for sports and public engagements
  • Can reduce the risk of decay and gum disease during orthodontic treatment
  • Utilises gentle forces to move teeth
  • Payments can be broken down over treatment time.
  • 0% finance offered
  • Can move teeth in all 3 dimensions

Disadvantages of Invisalign

  • Compliance- the outcome of Invisalign treatment is highly dependent on the number of hours per day the aligners are worn. The aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day to achieve a desirable outcome.
  • Must be removed for eating and oral hygiene.
  • May impact speech when fitted initially (this usually resolves by itself after 2-3 days of wear).
  • Requires the placement of attachments on some teeth to aid alignment.
  • If you lose or break an aligner, this may delay your treatment whilst you wait for a new one to be delivered. You will also incur a charge.


Advantages of braces

  • Most precise and accurate orthodontic appliance for some cases
  • Can accurately move multiple teeth in all 3 dimensions simultaneously
  • Do not remove for eating and oral hygiene
  • Patient compliance factor reduced
  • Does not impact speech
  • Payments can be broken down over treatment time.
  • 0% finance offered

Disadvantages of braces

  • Less aesthetic
  • Diet restrictions apply
  • Cannot be removed for eating or oral hygiene
  • Risk of decay if oral hygiene is not maintained and/or a diet high in sugar is consumed