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13 Jan

Which is best? Braces or Invisalign?

Have you finally decided to start your smile transformation? Align those small gaps? Our team is ready to do whatever it takes to help you achieve the smile you always wanted! 

When it comes correcting a misaligned smile, patients are often torn between the two popular options – Braces and Invisalign. 

Although it is difficult to determine the best option before your consultation, both of these come with their own set of benefits. Deciding which one is best for you will depend on a number of factors. Read on to discover the main differences between the two, and make a more informed decision. 

The Basics

Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of the teeth. Having said that, our clinic is equipped with a variety of other options including ceramic and lingual (behind the teeth) braces to meet a range of patient demands. Constant pressure is applied by the system of brackets and wires to gradually move the teeth into their set position.

It seemed, up until the start of the 21st Century, braces were the only option for those who need to straighten and correct their teeth. However, the industry was transformed just before the year 2000 with the release of Invisalign. Founded in 1997, the cultural phenomenon sparked by this new treatment option began as two Stanford students with no previous experience in orthodontics created the first effective metal-free alternative.

An Invisalign treatment uses clear, plastic aligners. The aligners are made to order for each patient using a 3D scan of their mouth. The customised aligners are then made to move the teeth in small steps until the correct position is reached.

Advantages of choosing Invisalign 


  • – The biggest benefit Invisalign offers is the lack of interference with your daily life. The retainers are virtually invisible, so no one will be able to tell that you are undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment.
  • – You Can Take the Aligners Out to Eat


A commonly asked question is ‘Do I have to wear the retainers all the time?’ and the answer is ‘No’. You can take the aligners off during meal times, but be sure that you put them back on as soon as possible after you’ve finished eating. 

However to achieve the desired results, Invisalign does need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day. This also means that you are not required to make any changes to your diet. In comparison, wearing traditional braces may sometimes make chewing some types of foods difficult or uncomfortable. 

It’s Easier to Brush and Floss Your Teeth

Similarly to eating and drinking, you can also remove your Invisalign retainers to brush your teeth. With nothing on your teeth to worry about, you can continue brushing and flossing as you always have.

Fewer Consultations Required

As much of the orthodontic work occurs before you receive your retainers, physical visits to the dentist can be kept to a minimum. The 3D scan of your teeth is used for making all the customised retainers in a laboratory, which should only be changed  approximately every two weeks. A CBCT exam makes the accuracy of your smile design unmatched.  We at Maida Smiles can provide this with the latest Kavo OP 3D Award Winning 3D Scan.(This may vary)   

In comparison, the effectiveness of traditional braces depends on regular visits to our clinic, where we’ll be able to  adjust their tightness and closely monitor your progress. This is especially important, if you don’t have a reliable or steady method of getting to our clinic or would like to limit your social interactions due to COVID. 

The Advantages of Braces

Traditional braces, or newer lingual braces, have a lot going for them. Some of their benefits include: 

1. Braces are Suitable for All Treatments

Depending on the specific problem, some treatment is difficult, if not impossible to achieve with Invisalign alone.  

Braces on the other hand,  are known to achieve impeccable results regardless of the number of dental and facial issues that need correcting. Braces use anchors and an arch wire to pull the teeth into place, making them the most powerful treatment method in moving teeth into a desired position.

2. Achieve a Perfect Result

Braces can sometimes surpass the results achieved by Invisalign retainers. This is mainly because they have more force to move your teeth into the desired position. If you need to address issues with your back teeth, need to rotate teeth or move teeth vertically, Invisalign is unlikely to be a hit-able option. Metal braces are often the best treatment for solving complex tooth and jaw issues. 

3. Multiple Types of Braces to Choose From

With recent advancements in the orthodontic industry, braces are no longer just traditional metal brackets and wires. Patients have a variety of choice including lingual and ceramic braces to ensure the braces are less noticeable. Not only that, but you can customize your brackets by making the wire colour similar to your enamel, so they appear natural and seamless or choose from a range of colours and have fun! (Perfect for teens). 

4. No daily commitment 

Many people find braces are easier to manage, because they don’t need to be removed when eating or drinking. This is a better option for patients who are less inclined to stick to the routine of removing and reinstalling the Invisalign aligners after each meal. If daily commitments are not your strongest suit, we recommend you opt for traditional braces. 

So, which one is best? The truth is, when comparing braces vs Invisalign, it’s a close race.

Both of these treatments are highly personalized and the choice depends entirely on you. One thing is for sure, all of our patients here at Maida Smiles deem orthodontic treatment an investment worth making.

If you’re leaning one way or another, do not hesitate to get in touch! Call 020 3583 9809 to book your orthodontic consultation with one of our specialists today.