Braces Vs. Invisalign

Braces Vs. Invisalign
Posted on 06/15/2017

Braces Vs. Invisalign

When it comes to straightening your teeth, there are two treatment methods that are tried and true: Braces and Invisalign.


The difficulty comes in when you have to choose between the two, but your local experts here at Grand Ridge Orthodontics are here to clear things up in terms of the advantages and disadvantages of each. From there, you can take a look at things you want out of your orthodontic treatment, and see which option best fits your needs, or even the needs of your kids.  At Grand Ridge Orthodontics, we are proud to offer our patients both braces and Invisalign, so if you have any questions about these treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our staff will gladly answer your questions, and help you get your first appointment scheduled.


Why Choose Braces?

Braces are the definition of classic orthodontic treatment. While braces have gone through some drastic improvements in terms of appearance, they’ve always been so effective at straightening teeth and creating new smiles, which is why they’re still be used so much today.  With advancements in orthodontic technology, braces have gotten smaller, more comfortable, more effective, and even more customizable. They also remain a very affordable options to most families, since everyone deserves to have a healthy mouth and a bright smile.  Different versions of braces have also emerged, including clear braces that are more subtle, and lingual braces that go behind the teeth for a completely invisible look.  With that said, here’s a quick breakdown of the good and the bad of braces:


Braces Advantages

  • Affordable

  • Comfortable

  • Many Different Types (Metal, Clear, Lingual)

  • Durable


Braces Disadvantages

  • Not-Removable

  • Clear Braces Can Be Fragile


Why Choose Invisalign?

Invisalign is a wonder of orthodontic technology, taking the concept of braces and giving people an option that doesn’t have to do with cementing brackets onto your teeth.  Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners to apply the same kind of gradual pressure on your teeth like braces do, moving them into their new, perfect positioning. These aligners are not only practically invisible, but they’re durable and completely removable. That means you can take your Invisalign out to eat and brush your teeth, making the path to a new smile just a little bit easier. Each aligners is specially designed to fit perfectly over your teeth, so comfort is something that you don’t need to worry about. Here’s a breakdown of the advantages & disadvantages


Invisalign Advantages

  • Practically Invisible (No Metal)

  • Comfortable

  • Durable

  • Removable


Invisalign Disadvantages

  • Can Be Costly (Varies Per Case)

  • Removable (Can Be Lost Or Damages Easier)

  • Not All Patients Are Eligible


Find Out Which Is Right For You!

If you’ve found the treatment option that you think would be best for you, whether it's braces or invisalign, just contact us at Grand Ridge Orthodontics and schedule an appointment with us!  We’ll sit down with you to discuss your treatment options and work with you to create the perfect, personalized treatment plan. From there, you’ll be on your way to straight teeth and a future full of bright smiles. We are proud to work with so many patients from the communities of Grand Rapids, MI and the surrounding areas. We look forward to bringing you into our family of happy patients!