Colorado Orthodontics

Pros and Cons of Invisalign

Bulky, metal-mouth braces are beginning to become a thing of the past. For many adults with need for orthodontic work, the idea of being fitted with the frustrating brackets and looking like an adolescent again isn’t on the table to even be considered. Many teenagers are also unhappy about the news of braces, which brings a very suitable alternative to the table… Invisalign!

Looking At The Pros

There are lots of great things that contribute to Invisalign’s popularity! While the pros for this type of orthodontic work can be obvious, it’s still helpful to review them and take it all into consideration when you’re trying to make the best choice.

Easily hidden

Since the retainer tray for your teeth is clear, it’s not easily noticeable in your mouth over your teeth. Not many people will be able to notice you’re wearing it at all, until you have to take it out to eat. It’s very discreet and sneaky, and helps you move past the aesthetic issues with traditional braces.

More comfortable

Though there is discomfort in the beginning when your teeth adjust to the pressure of the Invisalign tray, these retainers are far more comfortable than the metal brackets for the alternative. No cutting your lips or scratching your partner’s teeth!

Removable for easier teeth cleaning

The biggest concern that parents have about braces is the ability for food to get stuck under the wires and create cavity problems on the tooth. To prevent this, it takes a lot of careful, meticulous brushing… and who has time for that? Invisalign is removable so you can eat worry-free.

Considering The Cons

Unfortunately, like everything on Earth, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Invisalign is great, but it does come with a few negatives. Here are two major downsides that have many opting for the traditional metal braces route.

A little more expensive

Both Invisalign and braces are expensive, but the key difference here is insurance coverage. You won’t get any help from insurance payouts with Invisalign, which means you’re looking at a few thousand dollars out of pocket. The price for Invisalign can range from $4,000 all the way to $8,000 for most full-experience bills.


Just because you can remove your tray sometimes doesn’t mean you should, unless you’re eating or brushing. Invisalign only will work and make a difference if it’s in your mouth for a minimum of 22 hours a day. Sure, braces are worn 24/7, so it’s still a step up. You also have to keep in mind how much extra oral care is needed, since you have to brush after every meal, and keep your tray clean.


If you can handle the inflated cost for the Invisalign method, it’s a great way around the common annoyances and issues with traditional braces, and worth the extra money! Next time you Google for an “orthodontist near me”, make sure you’re choosing professionals who include invisalign in their practice in Colorado!

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