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Invisalign vs Normal Braces

by | Sep 8, 2020 | Blogs, Invisalign

If you were wondering what the difference is between braces and Invisalign, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will be discussing the pros and cons of braces vs. Invisalign. Which is more affordable? Is one more effective than the other? After you are done reading, you will gain more information on Invisalign and braces to guide you to an option that may be the best for you and your smile.

Let’s Get Down to the Basics

Let’s start with their similarities. Both braces and Invisalign were designed with the goal of straightening your teeth, to improve your oral health and your smile. Braces are the more traditional option and have been around longer than Invisalign. Invisalign came into the picture in the early 2000s, so as a treatment, it does not have the same history as braces do.

Braces are made out of metal brackets, which are glued to the teeth and held together with wires and rubber bands. Invisalign is designed to be invisible (hence the name). They are clear trays that are worn over the teeth.

Which one might work best for you?

Both braces and Invisalign have pros and cons and you should decide which one is best for you by considering your own lifestyle.


Braces are not removable, of course. They are usually made out of metal, and focus on function rather than fashion. Metal braces are extremely efficient at fixing a range of complex tooth issues, often working faster at closing gaps than Invisalign. This means you have a higher chance of seeing results pretty quickly, which could boost your morale. Depending on patient needs, the average time spent in braces is 18 months to three years. The average price for braces is $1,800-$5,500. Good dental hygiene is important when it comes to wearing braces since food can get stuck easily in the brackets and wires. Patients wearing braces can expect to have follow-up visits every four to six weeks. Your orthodontist may change the bands attached to the brackets or the wire, which does not take much time.


The two main pros with Invisalign is that they are removable and they are almost completely invisible. They are also more comfortable than braces since they are made of smooth plastic. Invisalign is great for those who need to simply straighten their teeth, but cannot help more complex tooth issues. Since Invisalign is meant to straighten teeth in a less invasive nature, it is difficult to say how long patients must use them. The average price for Invisalign is $5,000. Since Invisalign is removable, there are no restrictions when it comes to food and dental hygiene is easy to upkeep.

When comparing braces to Invisalign, it is a pretty close race. If you are still unsure, you should consult a professional orthodontist here at Hillsborough Dental Centre. We can recommend the most effective solution for your oral health needs, depending on your lifestyle and your unique oral health needs. Once a decision is reached, you can take comfort knowing your smile is in the right hands.