how do you know whether to get invisalign or braces

How Do I Know if I Need Braces or Invisalign?

If you’ve recently received the news that you or a family member needs orthodontic treatment, you may be unsure about what type of treatment is best for the situation. Before, braces were the only option, but now with the arrival of the various Invisalign products, you may be wondering if these clear aligners may work better for you.

Are you asking yourself, “How do I know if I need braces or Invisalign?” Let us help you find the right treatment option for you!

About Braces

Most everyone is familiar with braces, as they are one of the oldest forms of effective orthodontic treatment, but if you’re unsure about how braces work, let us explain. Consisting of a series of brackets and wires attached to the teeth, braces move teeth by applying gentle pressure to them.

Benefits of Braces

Braces are perfect for those who don’t want to worry about their orthodontic treatment. You see, since braces aren’t removable like Invisalign, so you won’t risk losing them or forgetting to wear them. Braces also tackle tough orthodontic issues as well, and some parents prefer braces over Invisalign for their children (although this is rapidly changing) since they don’t have to worry about their child complying with proper wear. So, if you want a product you don’t have to worry about remembering to use, braces may be the right fit for you.

About Invisalign

Invisalign is relatively new on the orthodontic scene; however, patients with Invisalign are seeing fabulous results. Consisting of clear, plastic aligners, which are removable, Invisalign must be worn 20-22 hours each day for maximum results. Like braces, Invisalign applies gentle pressure to the teeth, but the aligners do this in a different way. The aligner trays are switched out every couple of weeks until the teeth are guided into perfect positioning.

Benefits of Invisalign

More and more patients are choosing Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment, and it’s no surprise why. The many benefits of the Invisalign system include:

  • Clear, almost invisible treatment
  • Removable
  • Increased comfort
  • No food restrictions
  • More confidence

The best thing about Invisalign is it now treats almost every orthodontic issue, making it a perfect choice for those who want a more discreet option for their treatment. Parents are also starting to choose this treatment more for younger kids in the form of Invisalign First, due to the enhanced compliance level of young patients.

Braces or Invisalign?

Both options treat orthodontic issues ranging from mild to severe, and both options have their unique benefits. At the end of the day, the choice will depend on your orthodontist’s recommendation and your level of comfort with your treatment. You may feel as though braces are a better pick for you because you’re not sure you will remember to wear your aligners. However, if you want a more comfortable, discreet option that blends in with everyday life, Invisalign is the clear choice for you.

At Milnor Orthodontics, our experts are here to help you achieve a priceless smile. Call our office at (970) 484-3214 or visit to learn more. We're located at 1103 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.