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Invisalign vs. Ceramic Braces

If you’re looking to begin your journey towards perfectly aligned teeth, you should know there are a few different treatments for you to choose from. Your orthodontist might give you a couple options, so you should be well informed about them before you decide. For those looking to be more discreet, you can choose between Invisalign and ceramic braces . Each of these has pros and cons to consider.

Pros of Invisalign

Invisalign is a revolutionary development that makes the entire process of straightening your teeth very simple. Invisalign offers people a way to straighten their teeth discreetly, which for many, is a very desirable procedure. Another benefit of this treatment is the foods you’re allowed to eat are not limited whatsoever. Rather than avoiding certain foods, just remove your aligners when you eat or drink and brush your teeth thoroughly afterwards. Then put your aligners back in.

Invisalign generally has a quicker treatment time and tends to be more comfortable than traditional braces. Invisalign also offers treatment plans like Invisalign Lite and Express , which are perfect for fixing mild to moderate alignment issues. With these, you won’t have to get a full set of braces just to make slight adjustments.

Cons of Invisalign

Although Invisalign is absolutely fantastic, there are a few things to consider. The trays should be worn for about 22 hours each day, and since they can be removed, you can easily be tempted to take them out and not wear them as much as you should. This can diminish the effectiveness of your treatment or extend the length of your treatment if you’re not careful. Also, having to take the trays out and find a safe, clean place for them each time you eat or drink can be a bit of a hassle. Invisalign cannot fix some of the more severe orthodontic issues, so your orthodontist might not even recommend this treatment plan for you.

Pros of Ceramic Braces

Braces have been used to straighten teeth for years, so the science behind them is insanely solid. This treatment plan is also very adequately suited for fixing more complicated dental issues than Invisalign. Some patients might not be great candidates for Invisalign, so this is where ceramic braces would come in and save the day. They’re just like regular braces, but less visible due to them being similarly colored to your teeth, so they are more discreet.

Cons of Ceramic Braces

Like all braces (and Invisalign) there is likely to be some pain or discomfort when your teeth move, but ceramic braces can cause a bit more than Invisalign due to the brackets or wires rubbing on your cheeks. Also, after wearing braces for a long period of time, some tooth discoloration is possible and the foods you’re permitted to eat while you have braces are a bit limited . These are both things that you definitely should be aware of.

No matter which route you choose to take to achieve the smile of your dreams, our team here at Milnor Orthodontics is here to help! We will strive to make your treatment process go as smoothly as possible.

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.