Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces

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If you’re looking to get orthodontic treatment done on your teeth, there are several options available. Depending on your budget, orthodontic concerns, or time constraints, you might find one option more practical than another. This is especially the case if you want to decide between traditional braces or Invisalign aligners. Is one better than the other? Let’s find out.

What Are the Differences?

Traditional braces straighten your smile with metal brackets that are glued to the teeth and held together by wires and bands. You keep braces on 24/7 for the duration of the treatment time, which typically lasts an average of 2 years or longer depending on your needs. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to straighten your teeth, which can be removed to eat or brush teeth. Since they are removable, Invisalign aligners give you more flexibility and comfort than standard braces.


In terms of cost, both treatments are an investment. Based on upfront cost, traditional braces are usually more affordable than Invisalign although the treatments can be comparable depending on any customizations you might choose. Typically, Invisalign treatments are slightly more costly than traditional braces, but with added benefits that come with them, it’s often a worthwhile investment. However, at Ascent Dental Care, both traditional braces and Invisalign have the same cost, and many insurances do cover orthodontics therefore, the insurance company dictates the out of pocket cost for the patient.


Want a beautiful smile without the dreaded “metal mouth”? Invisalign gives you the opportunity to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing it! Since the aligner trays are clear, you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing them. Traditional braces are much more obvious and are not removable, so it’s difficult to maintain optimal hygiene during meals and brushing, for example. You can remove Invisalign aligner trays easily, giving you better access to address any hygienic concerns. For aesthetics and appearance purposes, Invisalign is the superior choice.

Length of Treatment

The length of treatment for both traditional braces and Invisalign can differ based on severity of dental formation and structure and compliance, particularly when it comes to Invisalign. Metal braces are kept in place 24/7 until removed by a dental professional, which means you do not have to remember to keep them in. Invisalign work differently: for optimal results, Invisalign aligner trays need to be worn 20-22 hours per day. Because of their removable nature, it’s easier to forget to put your aligner tray back on after eating a meal or brushing your teeth. A consistent pattern of this can lead to a longer treatment. For the most part, the treatment time is fairly comparable.


Both Invisalign and traditional braces straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful smile you can flaunt. If results are all you’re after, either option is good. But when it comes to a more comfortable, flexible and subtle experience, Invisalign wins by a mile.

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