Invisalign vs. Braces

Average Cost
$3,500 to $8,000
$2,500 to $6,000
Length of Treatment
12 to 18 months
2 to 4 years
Material
Removable plastic aligners
Metal or ceramic brackets

What’s the Difference?

If you want straighter teeth, you’ve probably heard about both braces and Invisalign. Which is right for you?

Invisalign® and traditional braces straighten misaligned bites to enhance the appearance of your smile and make it as easy as possible to care for your teeth.

Invisalign is a discreet, convenient alternative to metal braces. However, patients with severe misalignment or jaw-related issues may be better suited to braces.

The most obvious difference is in how each treatment works…

The Defining Feature HOW ORTHODONTICS STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH

Braces move teeth with the force of brackets, wires, and rubber bands that are tightened periodically. Invisalign uses removable plastic trays.

Braces move teeth with the force of brackets, wires, and rubber bands that are tightened periodically. Invisalign uses removable plastic trays.

What does this mean for me, as a patient?

The Major Differences

Visibility

While ceramic braces blend in with the teeth to an extent, metal braces are hard to miss. In contrast, most people don’t even realize patients are wearing transparent Invisalign trays.

Severity of Misalignment

Because traditional braces are much more powerful, dentists usually recommend them for severe misalignment. Invisalign is a more viable option for mild to moderate cases.

Removable vs. Fixed

While metal braces remain attached to the teeth throughout treatment, patients can remove Invisalign when necessary. As a result, flossing and brushing are easier and patients can still enjoy all their favorite foods.