Invisalign® vs. braces

At White Orthodontics, we’re proud to help patients throughout O’Fallon, Florissant, and the surrounding areas achieve gorgeous, healthy smiles through high-quality orthodontic treatment. Every patient is different, and our O’Fallon and Florissant orthodontists work closely with patients to develop custom treatment plans that fit their unique needs and lifestyles. But if you’re like most patients considering orthodontic treatment, you’re probably asking yourself a big question right now: should I get braces or Invisalign? To help you navigate this important decision, we’re going to dive into the differences, similarities, pros, and cons of braces and Invisalign.

Should I get braces or Invisalign?

Both braces and Invisalign do the same basic thing: they apply gentle, constant, and finely calibrated forces to the teeth, stimulating them to change position over time and eventually resulting in a brand-new smile. However, each treatment method uses a fundamentally different method to achieve this goal, and that means they come with unique advantages and disadvantages.


Metal braces are the oldest treatment in orthodontics, and they’re still the most popular. Braces use a series of stainless steel brackets mounted to the teeth and a thin, springy archwire running through them to move the teeth. Braces are highly cost-effective, durable, and reliable, and we can use them to treat virtually any orthodontic condition. If you’re looking for the most affordable treatment or you have severe orthodontic malocclusion, braces may be best for you.


Invisalign, on the other hand, completely does away with brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic trays called aligners to straighten the teeth. The aligners fit directly onto the teeth and are nearly impossible to see when worn, and they’re taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This means Invisalign won’t show up in photos or be visible during professional or social events, you won’t have to change your diet, and oral hygiene is as easy as ever. Invisalign is ideal for those seeking the most discreet, convenient treatment possible, but for certain severe orthodontic problems, Invisalign may not be an option.

Schedule a consultation with your O’Fallon or Florissant, MO, orthodontists

Ultimately, the only way to find out which treatment is right for you is through a consultation with our Florissant or O’Fallon orthodontists. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to learn more about treatment and schedule your consultation at our Florissant or O’Fallon orthodontic office. We’ll help you understand your current orthodontic situation, choose a treatment that fits your needs and lifestyle, and set you on the path toward a beautiful, healthy new smile. Learn more on our blog!