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Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign Versus Braces

There are two main types of orthodontic treatment options: traditional braces and clear aligners. Both methods are effective at correcting crooked teeth and improving overall oral health. The choice between these treatments depends largely on personal preference and budget.

For many years, metal braces were considered the gold standard for straightening teeth. But now you have a new orthodontic treatment available to give you a beautiful, straight smile without braces: Invisalign clear aligners.

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Each set of these transparent aligners gradually shifts the teeth into place over time. Every week or two, patients remove them and replace them with new ones until the desired result has been achieved. They’re an excellent alternative to traditional braces for those who want to straighten their teeth in a comfortable, discreet manner.

Comparing Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign and braces both work to correct misaligned teeth over time. Both options can correct:

  • crooked teeth
  • overbite or underbite
  • crowded teeth
  • crossbite
  • gaps between teeth

Invisalign used to correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues, whereas braces treatment is usually recommended for more severe cases.

Most orthodontic insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost of braces or Invisalign, but you should check with your insurance provider to find out the details of your benefits.

What are the differences?

While both options have the same end goal, there are several differences between the two orthodontic treatments. You should carefully consider these differences when you and your dentist discuss which treatment plan will work best for you.


Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. They are nearly invisible, and most people don't even notice you're wearing them. Traditional metal braces are much more visible because they use traditional brackets, wires, and rubber bands to control tooth movement.


Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing and flossing your teeth. This means you don't have to restrict your diet and you can still eat chewy foods or hard foods. Brushing and flossing with Invisalign is also much easier than with traditional metal braces. There's no need to worry about food getting stuck in them or trying to floss between the metal brackets. You can take them out for regular brushing, and if needed, you can soak your invisible aligners in a cleaning solution to keep your trays clean.


Most people consider Invisalign to be more comfortable than braces. Since there are no brackets or wires, they're less likely to irritate your gums or lips. They also apply gentle pressure to shift your teeth, so there's less discomfort throughout the process.

Faster Treatment

In most cases, treatment time is shorter with Invisalign. Most orthodontic patients can achieve straight teeth in 12-18 months of treatment.


The cost of treatment for Invisalign and braces both depend on the patient's individual needs, but in some cases, Invisalign treatment can be cheaper than braces.

FAQs About Invisalign and Traditional Braces

Both teenagers and adults can be good candidates for Invisalign orthodontic treatment. The best candidates will have mild to moderate misalignments. You must be responsible enough to keep them in for the recommended amount of time and keep track of them so they don't get lost.

Smile Lake Anna is a Certified Invisalign Provider in Spotsylvania, VA

We know that straight teeth and a beautiful smile are important, and we’re committed to helping you find the right treatment plan to meet your needs. Schedule a consultation with our dentist and we’ll help you make an informed decision about which orthodontic option is best for you. Call Smile Lake Anna today to start your journey to straighter teeth and a confident smile!