The Smile Sized Question: Braces or Invisalign Aligners?

The Smile Sized Question: Braces or Invisalign Aligners?

Everyone wants a perfect, glowing smile. And if it weren’t for those pesky dental issues, you’d be able to flash a smile without being conscious of how you look. Luckily, there’s a dental fix for that.

Enter braces and Invisalign aligners.

Both are effective orthodontic devices that help you accomplish the best version of your smile. But which one is better for you?

Read on to find out.

Brace yourself

Braces have been around for hundreds of years; they were first designed in 1728. Constructed typically from resin or metal brackets, they’re clipped on to the surface of your teeth, helping to keep them in place and in the right orientation. They’re typically used for long-term treatments and offer the perfect solution for many complex dental problems.

The best part?

They come in different colors, so your smile never goes out of fashion.

Furthermore, braces are considered to work faster than Invisalign aligners and require fewer trips to the dentist — saving you time, inconvenience, and money.

Align yourself

Say hello!

Invisalign aligners are a relatively newer type of treatment. They’re made of transparent plastic and are fitted snugly around your teeth to give you a beautiful, confident smile.

Since they’re virtually invisible and custom-made for your teeth, some people find them more comfortable to wear than traditional wire braces.

They are typically recommended for treating less serious dental defects and are usually worn for 9–15 months.

Invisalign aligners are also easier to clean than traditional braces, and unlike their counterparts, they don’t cause any permanent speech impediment issues either. There is an adjustment period where you might have a lisp, but it quickly goes away as you get used to the device.

Lastly, you can enjoy all the delicious snacks and yummy treats that you can’t with your braces on when using Invisalign; just remember to take them off before every meal!


To summarize:

Braces are great for fixing almost all types of dental defects. They‘re also cheaper than Invisalign aligners.

However, they do require higher maintenance and may be a little uncomfortable to wear for some. On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are easier to maintain and offer you more freedom in terms of what you can eat and what you can’t. That said, they are expensive and not ideal for fixing all types of dental issues, especially the more complex ones.

Can’t decide?

If you’re still confused about which of the two dental treatments you should opt for, why not turn to your family dentist for help?

At Bethesda Dental Clinic, we can offer expert recommendation and guidance to help you choose the perfect version of your smile. We are a unique family dental practice located in the city of Bethesda, providing service to clients of all ages. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.


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