Invisalign Vs Braces?

Should I Choose Invisalign Or Braces?

With the recent popularity of Invisalign, it can be tough to decide which treatment is right for you or your child. Here, we break down some pros and cons of braces and Invisalign so that you can make the best choice for you, your lifestyle, your smile, and your wallet.




Fixed Braces

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Typically, the deciding factor for orthodontic treatment is cost. Yet, while Invisalign is normally more expensive than traditional braces, we at Colorado Springs Family Orthodontics actually charge a similar fee for Invisalign as we do for braces. We want to make sure you make the best choice for you — without making sacrifices due to cost!

Treatment Time

Everyone is unique, so everyone will experience different lengths of treatment times. When you come in for your evaluation, we can provide an estimate of how long your personal treatment will take.

Superior Final Results

With recent upgrades in technology, Invisalign is now able to provide the same superior results as traditional braces. Most orthodontists agree that Invisalign’s final results are virtually the same as those of braces!


While everyone’s situation is unique, there have been fewer reports of pain or discomfort with Invisalign than there have been with braces.

Cavities and Gum Disease

Invisalign can be removed to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and floss. Because the aligners are removable, you can maintain the same level of dental care as you would without Invisalign. Unfortunately, braces make it difficult to properly brush and floss, especially for young children. Failure to properly brush or floss can lead to cavities or gum disease.

Injuries and Irritation

Another large benefit of Invisalign is that they are smooth, while traditional wire braces can rub raw spots onto your cheeks and gums, causing irritation and pain. Additionally, if bumped or bruised, traditional braces can also potentially cause injury.

Social Acceptance

While everyone feels differently about this, many people (especially teens) report feeling far more confident with Invisalign than they do with traditional braces. Wire braces are obvious and difficult to hide, but Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable and allow you to feel confident throughout your treatment.

Compliance Demands

The most important thing to understand about Invisalign is that, because it is removable for eating and brushing your teeth, it must be worn at all other times of the day for it to be successful. Without wearing your aligners, your teeth will not shift into the straight smile that you desire. If you or your child will forget to wear aligners, lose them, or refuse to wear them as prescribed, Invisalign will not be the best choice.

Available for Everyone

While Invisalign is typically only recommended for teenagers and adults, braces are a perfect option for people of any age.

Orthodontic Dental Insurance

Unfortunately, there are certain insurance providers that require us to charge differently for Invisalign or provide no coverage for Invisalign at all. Our expert staff will be able to work with you and choose the best path that suits both your insurance and your dream teeth.

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