The 3 Main Differences Between Braces and Invisalign

If you’re ready to transform your smile and enjoy the benefits of straighter, healthier teeth, you have a lot of options to consider. The two most popular choices for both kids and adults are traditional braces and the innovative Invisalign® system.

Learn more about the differences between your options, so you can make the most informed decision.


Traditional braces are made of metal components that adhere to your teeth. Teeth straightening involves regular tightening of your braces to properly align your teeth. Braces stay in place for the duration of your treatment and require thorough brushing and regular check-ups to protect the health of your teeth.

Invisalign uses a system of custom aligners that you replace as directed, usually every two weeks. The treatment uses computerized imaging to determine your progress in advance, and custom aligners are made to progressively shift your teeth into place.

A big difference between the aligners and braces is that you can easily remove your Invisalign aligners whenever you need, such as for eating, drinking, or cleaning. They may be a more convenient option than braces based on your lifestyle.


Invisalign uses durable, clear materials molded to fit snugly over your natural teeth. They are hardly noticeable and make it easy to wear for the required 22 or more hours a day. Once your mouth adapts to the fit of the aligners, you’ll become more comfortable and speak without difficulties.

As traditional braces are bonded to the front of your teeth, they are more noticeable. You’ll need to stay on top of teeth cleaning to remove particles of food from between your braces and may experience some discomfort if the metal components irritate the inside of your lips and cheeks.

Treatment duration

One of the biggest differences between braces and Invisalign is the length of time it takes to achieve your desired results. Typically, treatment with braces requires a two-year commitment or more to straighten out your teeth.

With Invisalign, you can significantly lessen your treatment time, as many plans require use of aligners for about six months.

Of course, treatment times for both methods depend on your specific needs, and your dental team creates a custom plan based on the condition of your teeth and your desired results.

Why straight teeth matter

Regardless of whether you choose braces or Invisalign, it’s never too late to get your mouth healthy. By correcting the alignment of your teeth, you can improve the health of your mouth.

Aligners and braces can help correct a number of issues that affect your dental and overall health, including:

You can also enjoy the self-confidence boost that goes along with maintaining a healthy, white smile.

A thorough dental evaluation can determine if treatment with braces or Invisalign is best for you. For some with severe dental abnormalities, braces may be the best solution. For others who are looking for an effective way to correct mildly crooked or gapped teeth, Invisalign may be the answer.

Schedule your consultation today online or by phone to find out more about the benefits of improving your smile.

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