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Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have metal brackets that are fixed onto teeth for the duration of treatment. Thin metal wires power these, and often additional tension is added with brightly colored elastics. These braces are still widely used, but people are increasingly choosing Invisalign.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is a removable system using clear plastic aligners to move teeth into the correct positions. We’ve outlined some of the main differences between the two treatments below.

Treatment Times

Traditional braces can take between one and three years to straighten teeth, depending on the issues requiring correction.

Invisalign may take as little as six months to straighten teeth, especially when treatment is more cosmetically oriented. Typically, treatment is completed in a year or two at the most.


Metal braces require diligent cleaning as food and plaque can easily become trapped around the brackets and wires. You will need special tools and be prepared to spend longer on your oral care routine.

Invisalign aligners are easy to clean using an ordinary soft toothbrush and Invisalign’s cleaning solutions. You can brush and floss your teeth normally, using your favorite toothbrush and dental floss.

Dentist Visits

Traditional braces require regular orthodontic appointments as your dentist will need to check the brackets and wires and make adjustments, tightening them to continue moving your teeth.

Invisalign also requires regular appointments, but these visits are quick as there are no brackets and wires to adjust. It’s simply a matter of making sure your treatment progresses properly and providing more sets of aligners as needed.


Traditional braces are a more cost-effective solution than Invisalign, so they are the perfect choice for anyone on a tight budget. However, it’s worth remembering that a good dental plan may cover at least part of the cost of Invisalign treatment, so it may be more than affordable than you think.

Cosmetically oriented Invisalign treatment can be completed in just a few months. The shorter treatment time is reflected in the cost. Traditional metal braces do not generally offer an expedited treatment option.

Benefits of Invisalign

Benefits include:

Potential Limitations of Invisalign Treatment

Some potential limitations include:

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Benefits of Traditional Braces

Benefits include:

Potential Limitations of Traditional Braces

Potential limitations include:

Who Is Best Suited for Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign treatment is ideal for adults and older teens committed to wearing the aligners as required. It is perfect for busy professional people who may need to see clients or customers and prefer their orthodontic treatment to be discreet.

Who Is Best Suited for Traditional Braces?

Traditional braces are still good for children and teenagers, especially those requiring more complex tooth movements. They are also a good choice for anybody who is more budget-conscious and who doesn’t mind wearing more visible braces and spending more time looking after them.

Having orthodontic treatment can initially seem like a big decision, and we realize there is much to consider. When you come to see us for your initial consultation, we can discuss Invisalign treatment in more detail, helping you weigh up the pros and cons of treatment and make an informed choice.

For more information about the difference between Invisalign and Traditional Braces, or if you have any specific questions about your treatment plan and would like to speak with one of our Rockville Centre dentists, please contact us at (516) 763-4500. Alternatively, you can visit our practice in person and see for yourself why so many of our patients regard us as among the best dentists in town.