The Invisalign system offers the results of braces, without wearing braces. The systems is a series of custom-molded clear trays that guide teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign trays are virtually invisible when worn, and are removable for mealtimes and cleaning. It’s a discreet, convenient, modern alternative to traditional metal braces that are attached for months or years.

The advantage over braces

While the end results may appear the same—a confident, beautiful smile—when you stop and actually compare Invisalign to other teeth-straightening options, the advantages become quite apparent. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.

Invisalign Braces
Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.  Checked  Checked
Straightens your teeth.  Checked  Checked
Average cost is about $5,000.*  Checked  Checked
Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy.  Checked
Lets you remove the device when you want.  Checked
Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening.  Checked
Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health.  Checked
Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.  Checked
Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks.  Checked
Invisalign Teen: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.**  Checked

* November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey.
** Invisalign Teen only.

With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following: pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing), plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth/bracket breakage, or difficulty eating. As if that weren’t enough, there are also the personal sacrifices – popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzel, nuts, certain candies…plus apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and more.