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Braces vs Invisalign: Comparing Which Is Better for Your New Smile

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Ryan Smith

You’re more attractive when you smile. Seriously! Studies show that when you’re smiling, others perceive you as sincere, attractive, and reliable. Science actually proves that the section of our brain that processes rewards gets activated when we see a smiling face. What happens when our smile doesn’t have the best-looking teeth? It can not only affect our confidence, but it can also affect how others perceive us.

78% of professional American adults actually perceive those with crooked teeth as unsuccessful. Having a smile we aren’t happy with causes us to want to hide. Up to 48% of younger Americans have “untagged” themselves in a picture on Facebook because they don’t like their smile. With today’s orthodontic options, we don’t have to hide anymore! Two of the most common corrective practices for orthodontic needs are Invisalign and braces. Both are great options, but between braces and Invisalign, which is better?

Braces vs Invisalign

Complex Corrections vs Simple Corrections

Invisalign works best for simple corrections. Simply put, Invisalign is great for aesthetic changes. If you have a more complex correction that needs to be made, such as a functional correction, braces are going to be a better treatment option. Braces work faster than Invisalign does at closing gaps between and aligning teeth. If a patient has an abnormal bite, crooked or crowded teeth, braces work more quickly to fix these issues as well, leading to a more attractive smile faster.

Time Commitment

Depending on your individual needs, the average treatment time for Invisalign can vary from 9-15 months. Each set of Invisalign aligners are worn by the patient for about two weeks, which means an average of 18-30 sets of aligners will be used.

Because braces are used in more severe alignment corrections, the time needed for corrections is a little longer. Each individual case is different based on how far teeth need to be moved, the health of patients teeth and gums, and how closely patients follow instructions. The average time that a patient will wear braces is anywhere from one to three years.


The cost of braces vs Invisalign will vary depending on your individual needs. However, the typical cost of Invisalign will be a bit higher than that of traditional braces. The Invisalign cost can range anywhere from $3000-$8000.

The cost for braces typically averages between $2500-$6,000. You’ll want to talk with your dental care provider to determine what your cost will be. Dental insurance companies sometimes cover forms of dental correction, but you will want to contact your insurance company to see exactly what your plan allows.

Creating Your Perfect Smile

Both braces and Invisalign are great options for orthodontic corrections. Each method of creating your perfect smile has pros and cons, depending on your individual needs and the smile you’d like to wind up with. Stop wishing for a perfect smile! You can begin the journey of achieving that smile you deeply desire! Contact us today and we can get you started on the first steps towards being proud of your smile!

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