Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: What’s The Right Choice for You?

Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces have proven effective in straightening teeth and improving oral health. What’s the difference? As many of our patients have learned, Invisalign is a wonderful alternative for those seeking to avoid the discomfort of living with metal braces. Each system has its pros and cons; it’s also very important to remember that some bite corrections (teeth alignment) are too complex and may require traditional orthodontic treatment. That is why a consultation is so essential.

The 3 Greatest Differences Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces

Both Invisalign and traditional braces deliver great results. Knowing these differences can help you make the right choice for your specific situation.

Difference 1: Aesthetics

The discreet appearance of Invisalign appeals to many patients in our practice. These clear, custom-made aligners are nearly invisible to anyone taking a close look at your smile. No one will know you are wearing anything unless you mention it. Invisalign has become a popular choice.

Difference 2: Comfort

The smooth plastic of Invisalign also results in greater comfort for many people, especially compared to the sometimes sharp wires of traditional braces. That means less irritation or soreness in the mouth for many patients.

Invisalign aligners are removable; therefore they allow for easier oral hygiene routines as well as the freedom to eat more foods without worrying about crumbs stuck in the hardware of braces.

Since it’s recommended to wear Invisalign aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day, that amounts to a short amount of time without hardware in your mouth.

Difference 3: Treatment Duration

The treatment duration for Invisalign and traditional braces varies depending on the individual patient and their specific bite and needs.

Invisalign treatment tends to be faster for mild to moderate cases of misalignment. That means the average treatment duration lasts from 12 to 18 months. Traditional braces may be necessary in some complex cases, depending on the health issues involved. You may be wearing them from 18-36 months.

Invisalign with Dr. Lenny Slepchik

Should you choose Invisalign or traditional braces? Both can provide the life-changing benefits of a straighter, healthier smile.

If you are wondering if Invisalign can help you, come for your free consultation and get the information you need to make the right decision for yourself.

Please email us at to reserve your appointment or phone our office at 514-875-7971.

Have a look at our page “Invisalign Success Stories” to see what Invisallign can accomplish.

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