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Invisalign vs Braces: How to Choose the Best Option

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Star Orthodontics
Invisalign vs Braces: How to Choose the Best OptionIt can prove to be a hard task when trying to figure out whether to choose between Invisalign or braces. Therefore, it is important to examine the benefits and deficiencies of each to help you make an informed decision.

While braces are basically metal wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth, Invisalign which are made from clear plastic are customized for your specific dental formula. The question, however, remains: which one is better?

Treatment Time

It is important to state that while there are many factors that play into how long the treatment time will take such as the skill and experience of your orthodontist, when closing the gaps and aligning your teeth, the treatment time with Invisalign is usually faster than with braces. While Invisalign takes around 9 to 18 months to complete treatment, braces may take almost 22 months to align the teeth.

Treatment Cost

Invisalign typically costs between $3,000 and $7000 while braces cost between $2000 and $6000. They use 3D scans to customize Invisalign for your specific dental formula, thus, making them expensive compared to braces. However, the complexity of the case and the specific orthodontist also play a big role in the cost of treatment.


The level of complication of the patient's case is usually the overall determining factor of whether to get braces or Invisalign. Invisalign is recommended for mild cases of gaps, crowding, and crookedness. Dentists usually recommend braces for more severe cases of crookedness, crowding, overbites, and under bites.

You should conduct your own research to further understand which method between Invisalign and braces would be best suited for you. In addition, it is best to consult with your orthodontist, as they can further guide you on the best suitable method for your specific problem.

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