Which to Choose: Invisalign, Clear Braces, or Braces?

Brooke Torres

Yes, you want straight teeth and the “million-dollar smile”, how will you get it?

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The most common ways for teens to get straight teeth are through braces, clear braces, or Invisalign. About eighty percent of all teenagers will get braces or Invisalign; you are not alone! 

We have gathered information on all three so that the best decision in achieving a picture-perfect smile can be made!


Braces are the traditional way to go. They are highly recommended for teeth that may need a lot of tender love and care. This is because braces focus on each tooth, positioning them into perfect alignment with one another. Not to mention, you can 

change the look of your braces by picking a different rubber band color for your braces!

Maintenance: See your orthodontist regularly for check-ups, tightening, or in the case of a broken bracket or wire. Clean in between each bracket every morning and night.

Pros: Braces correct any type of smile, and you can always look forward to changing the color of your braces!

Cons: While having braces on you can not eat or drink certain things like soda, hard candies, taffy, and any other hard food items.

Clear Braces

Clear Braces have the same description as regular braces. The only downfall to clear braces is that because they are clear and made out of ceramic material they can be stained and turn yellow. Food items such as coffee, soda, and red pasta sauce, cause the yellow stain on the clear braces.


Invisalign is one of the newer ways to get straight teeth. Not only is Invisalign almost completely non-noticeable, yet they can also be removed. Invisalign is not recommended for people who need: bridgework, back tooth bite issues, the need to rotate canines or premolars, and the need to move teeth vertically.

Maintenance: With Invisalign, visits to the orthodontist are every 6 weeks. Individuals are able to either pick-up or receive a new Invisalign every 4-6 weeks. You also need to brush and rinse Invisalign in the morning and night.

Pros: They are removable, they are clear, hardly noticeable, and there is no need to go to the Orthodontist as often.

Cons: You must be strict on wearing them 22 hours a day and only take them out when eating; because they are removable, they can be easy to lose.

Decision Time

Invisalign and braces take about the same amount of time to achieve straight teeth. That being said, Invisalign is highly recommended for those in high-contact sports and activities because they can be removed for short periods to protect you during a sport or activity. On the other hand, braces are recommended for anyone who wants straight teeth and those who may need more help getting there. However, they will both achieve a picture-perfect smile; ultimately, the decision is up to you and your orthodontist.

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