Braces – Conventional vs. Invisalign and Cost

orthodonticsConventional braces or Invisalign aligners – which are the best choice for contemporary users?

The question certainly deserves some more serious considerations before coming to a final conclusion.

Making a choice between the two aligners might be simple, considering the fact that Invisalign retains the aesthetic appeal of teeth, allow you to flaunt your teeth and smile more often and prevents the metallic look.

However, is that all you need from braces – this is one question you must ask yourself!

Conventional Braces

Conventional braces have been used for ages. With the recent advancement in the field of dental science, the concept of these braces have undergone a lot of changes, however, the metallic construction of the braces still remains one of the primary reasons why people want to avoid them.

There are self-ligating brackets used for correcting misaligned teeth and giving you the desired look. Nonetheless, it takes weeks, months or even years of wait for the final results to come. In addition, wearing these brackets makes self-conscious and zeroes down your confidence levels.

These braces can be adjusted manually to tighten its fit. There are spring loaded doors attached to the teeth by orthodontists. It takes approximately 15 to 20 months to see any visible changes in the contour and line of the teeth.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign Aligners:
Invisalign aligners have been chosen as the most preferred alternative to the traditional metal aligners or braces. As the name suggests, Invisalign is a transparent and barely visible fine sheet of aligner that can be worn to correct misalignment of teeth.

Wearing these braces is comfortable; it does not require dentist’s intervention every time. When you are to choose Invisalign, you will be given multiple choices and the option for customizing your design too. Based on your dentist’s recommendations, you can choose your aligners and start using them. These aligners are beneficial in improving your teeth over a few weeks, thereby giving you the perfect smile you have always desired.

Invisalign vs. Conventional Braces:

Invisalign are removable, conventional braces are not
While Invisalign aligners can be removed, which makes it much easier for the wearer to drink, eat and clean it from time to time, conventional metal braces are not; metal braces are fixed to the teeth. It can only be removed by a dentist after the treatment process is completed. This makes cleaning of braces very difficult, causing problems in eating some sticky or chewy foods and increases the chances of developing certain infections.

Invisalign are invisible, metal braces are unattractively visible
While Invisalign braces cannot be seen virtually, it is more cosmetically desirable than metal braces. Metal braces, on the other hand, look unattractive and hinders your smile and confidence.

Invisalign is comfortable, metal braces are not
Invisalign braces are easy to wear and extremely smooth and comfortable. They do not rub the inner parts of your mouth. Contrarily, metal braces are uncomfortable, causing irritation and soreness inside the mouth due to rubbing.

Invisalign gives quick results, metal braces take years
While Invisalign is known to show significant results within 2 weeks of use, metal braces take years to give you the final result of the treatment. It might often take more than 2 to 4 years time for results to show.

Depending on the condition of your teeth and complexity of the treatment, your Invisalign aligners will be created to give you a perfectly aligned set of teeth.


Conventional Braces: Average cost $3,000 to $7,000

Invisalign Braces: Average cost $5,000