Braces VS Invisalign

Who doesn’t want perfect teeth? Nowadays there are so many ways to achieve the perfect smile. However, with the procedure Invisalign gaining more interest, could bog standard braces be on the way out?

Defacto are going to weigh up the pros and cons of regular metal braces and Invisalign. Just incase you were looking into some cosmetic work.



Invisalign came about around the year 2000, so it hasn’t garnered the same history as regular braces have. It is designed for the purpose of being invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.

Some online sources have been offering Invisalign style treatment with no physical consultation (you can read more about it here) and it is advised that you avoid these services. Whereas metal braces are brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. They are tightened over time to move the teeth into place and are now available in enamel colours to make them more discreet.

regular braces

regular braces


Price££2,500 – £4,500Free for under 18s

£2,000 – £2,500

Time6 – 18 months depending on the patientAverage of 2 years, although can be less
ColourClear/invisibleSilver metal, although can now be enamel coloured
How noticeable?LowQuite
MaintenanceInvisalign cleaning system, brushing and rinsing traysRegular brushing of teeth, metal and brackets
VisitsEvery 2 weeksEvery month
Follow up treatmentRetainer for a while, overnight useRetainer for a while, overnight use


celebrities like Khloe Kardashian have used invisalign

celebrities like Khloe Kardashian have used invisalign


InvisalignRemovable and invisible

Food wont get caught/can eat anything you want

No oral cutting and scratching from wires

Not in as long

Not as effective for complex issues

Discomfort during tooth movement

Must always be removed when eating or drinking anything (except water)

Must brush after every meal to prevent staining

BracesMore effective for complex issues

Can’t forget to put them in/be tempted not to wear them

No extra cleaning

In for longer

Painful sores and cuts for wires

Cant eat certain foods

If you aren’t religious with brushing your teeth may stain


Celebs like Niall Horan have used regular braces for larger corrections

Celebs like Niall Horan have used regular braces for larger corrections

Hopefully this information will be of use for you! Your dental professional will be the best source of information on which method would work the best for you.

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