Braces vs Invisalign: What’s Right for You?

August 17, 2021

At Utah Orthodontic Care, you have the choice of Invisalign or Salt Lake City braces to straighten your teeth. Both treatment options are an excellent choice and will offer you a brand new, beautiful smile. Our experienced orthodontists, general dentists, and friendly staff will help you choose the most appropriate option for you and your smile goals. To do so, we’ve made it even easier – we’ve put together a comprehensive pro-con list for braces or Invisalign.

Traditional Braces

Our Salt Lake City braces use metal brackets that are cemented to the front of your teeth along with a wire that runs through them to gently guide the teeth into better positions. We believe these are the most important pros when choosing braces:

Effective: Traditional braces are incredibly effective and can treat even the most complex orthodontic problems.

Affordable: Metal braces are the most affordable orthodontic option today and with our monthly orthodontic payments, braces can fit into anyone’s budget.

Choices: At Utah Orthodontic Care, you can choose from traditional metal braces or clear braces.

However, there are some potential cons to note when choosing traditional braces.

  • Metal braces don’t offer the most aesthetically pleasing form of treatment.
  • You’ll have to avoid certain foods because they can potentially break the wires and brackets.
  • It can be difficult to clean around the brackets and wires.
  • Metal braces don’t always offer the most comfort to the patient.


Instead of using brackets and wires to shift a patient’s teeth, Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to do the job. Our Salt Lake City orthodontists and dentists believe Invisalign has its own separate pros, including:

Discrete: Invisalign clear aligners offer the most discrete orthodontic option.

Easy: Invisalign is easy because you can remove the aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth.

Comfortable: Invisalign is typically found to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

As with most treatment options, there are some cons to think about when choosing Invisalign.

  • Not every patient is a suitable candidate for Invisalign, as it won’t work on complex orthodontic problems.
  • You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day or else your treatment will not work.
  • Since they’re not cemented inside your mouth, you have to be careful not to misplace or lose them.
  • Invisalign is typically more expensive than metal braces.

Which Will You Choose: Braces or Invisalign? Contact Utah Orthodontic Care Today!

If you are interested in braces or Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment, contact Utah Orthodontic Care. Our orthodontists, general dentists, and staff will be more than happy to walk you through the details of both orthodontic options and answer any questions you may have about our Salt Lake City braces or monthly orthodontic payments. We look forward to seeing you soon!