Invisalign vs. Braces: Whats the Best Orthodontic Fix?

General & Cosmetic Dentist serving Hoboken, Jersey City & Hudson County areas of New Jersey


In recent years, Invisalign has significantly increased in popularity, providing you with an effective alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments such as metal braces. But which option is right for you? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. The right option for you will depend on several factors which will be discussed in detail during your consultation with Dr. Frank.

Invisalign and traditional braces utilize two completely different methods to achieve your orthodontics goals. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. You’ll wear each aligner for about 2 weeks before moving onto the next one in the series. When you’ve gone through all of your aligners, you’ll enjoy a beautiful, straight smile.

Traditional braces use small metal brackets that get bonded to your teeth. Metal wires are then attached to these brackets in order to exert force on your teeth, causing them to move into their desired position. These wires can be tightened as necessary to achieve your desired orthodontic results.

There are several important benefits to choosing Invisalign:

  • Clear – The aligners won’t be noticeable to others
  • Removable – Take them out when you eat and brush your teeth for added convenience
  • Comfort – The smooth plastic edges of your aligners won’t irritate your teeth or gums

Benefits of choosing braces include:

  • Precision – Braces provide the most control over the orthodontic treatment process
  • Affordable – Orthodontic treatment with braces typically costs less than Invisalign

In general, Invisalign is very effective for mild to moderate orthodontics cases. If fall into this category and would prefer a more discreet treatment option, then you may want to consider Invisalign. However, if you experience severe alignment issues, you will most likely achieve better results using braces.

To learn more about your orthodontics options, please contact the Practice at Maxwell Place today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Frank serves patients in the Hoboken, New Jersey area.