Invisalign vs Braces
Know which one is better for you

invisalign vs braces

Traditional braces and Invisalign are two common orthodontic treatments for misaligned, or crooked teeth used to straighten teeth gradually. 

Choosing between Invisalign and orthodontic treatment is tricky, as both devices are quite similar. However, they have some differences too. If you want to straighten your teeth but can’t decide which way to go, then we suggest you read this blog, weighing the pros and cons of  invisalign vs braces to  better understand them.

How do Invisalign and traditional braces work?

When you opt for Invisalign doctors, you will go through dental examination and X-ray imaging. A mold of your teeth made from medical grade plastic to create a series of custom-fit Invisalign aligner trays will created from 3D imaging of a patient’s teeth.

The clear aligners are temporarily fitted to your teeth with small attachments, need to be changed every two to three weeks, and should be worn at least 22 hours per day to see results.

Getting fitted for braces starts with a similar process, including a dental examination and imaging. Braces are traditionally made of metal and are tightly attached outside of the teeth through a series of wires and rubber bands. 

Braces can even fix the most severely crooked teeth. It provides a lot of power to move teeth in the desired position.

Invisalign vs Braces

Basis of difference





Thermoplastic material

How it works?

It is tightly attached and applies pressure on the misaligned teeth.

Temporarily fitted, worn at least 22 hours/day. Applies gentle pressure on the misaligned teeth. It can be taken out while eating, or cleaning.



Transparent and almost invisible

Post-treatment care

Avoid hard and chewy food
Requires brushing and flossing

Should be removed while eating
wear for at least 22 days.

Problem cured 

Minor, moderate to complex teeth straightening issue

Minor to moderate and, if worn for a longer time, can treat moderate also.

Benefits of Invisalign

There are several benefits of Invisalign, including: 

  •  Brush and floss your teeth by removing your aligner retainers. 

  • The clear plastic Invisalign closely fits in teeth, looks better, and is nearly invisible from a distance. 

  • Invisalign treatment doesn’t require frequent dentist visits. Most of the work is done before wearing aligners, and there is no need for aligner adjustments.  

  • You can take out your aligners while eating, which means there is no danger of hard and chewy foods and no need to change your food habits.

  • A thermoplastic material makes Invisalign aligners retainers easily fitted to the patient’s mouth, making no cuts inside the cheeks.      


Benefits of braces

The benefits of tradational braces are as follows:

  • Braces can work for complex cases; anchors and archwire pull the teeth into place.
  • Braces are permanent attachments that cannot be removed without the help of a dentist and require less responsibility. It is a straightforward treatment approach in which the removal of braces is not needed before eating.
  • You can choose between behind-teeth (lingual) and ceramic braces to ensure braces are less noticeable. 
  • Braces can withstand the temperature encountered while having coffee or other beverages throughout the day without getting affected.
  • In braces, more force is applied to the desired position for moving teeth, achieving a perfect result.

Invisalign vs Braces : Which is Faster?

The ability to align a person’s teeth and how much the treatment period will entirely depend on the severity of the individual’s dental and facial issues.

Invisalign slowly aligns all the teeth simultaneously and is often faster than braces. When there are more crooked teeth, Invisalign may take longer as compared to braces, because it applies gentle pressure comparatively.

Braces can easily and quickly treat complex crooked teeth compared to Invisalign by applying more pressure and are permanently attached to the teeth.

Estimating roughly, Invisalign takes 7 to 18 months, and metal braces take 20 to 24 months for treatment.

Consult Bliss Medical Centre for orthodontist treatment

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We have skilled orthodontist experts offering a wide range of dental services, from routine oral prophylaxis and composite filling to advanced procedures such as dental implants, straightening teeth, and root canal therapy.

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