Invisalign vs Braces: Which is the Best Option for You?


Royal Dental is always searching new and innovative dental solutions for you and your family, but sometimes the newest thing is not the best option. For example, the popularity of Invisalign has changed the way braces are viewed and more people are visiting orthodontists than ever before. As your dental provider we are proud and excited to offer Invisalign to our patients. Do you know what the differences between Invisalign and braces are? Are you a candidate? And if so, what is the best option for you?

We’ve put together this comparison of Invisalign vs braces to help you make an informed decision on which option is best for you:  


Cost Difference

According to the October Journal of Clinical Orthrodontics, Invisalign costs $5,300 for most adults. This approximately $500 more than the cost of traditional braces. As reported in the October Journal of Clinical Orthodontics the average cost for a set of traditional adult is braces is $4,800.


Invisalign is known to work best for mild to moderate cases and when it comes to horizontally misaligned teeth. Braces are effective for almost all cases of misaligned teeth. They work well on horizontally and vertically misaligned teeth.

Treatment Time:

The majority of Invisalign cases will take between six and 18 months. Some cases could take two to three year, and some could take as little as little as four to six months. Treatment time varies from case to case, but the average time is from one to two years. It’s important to follow the orthodontics instructions and to keep regular appointments to maintain a treatment timeline on schedule.


The strength behind Invisalign is the device is nearly invisible. It’s made of clear, plastic aligners that are custom made to fit over and cover your teeth. Braces are typically made with stainless steel brackets and wires that are connected to the outside of your teeth. They are highly visible.


A slight discomfort is usually reported in the beginning of each new stage of treatment. Each stage represents the aligners being adjusted to straighten the teeth. Typical braces are usually uncomfortable and will often prick or scratch the gums. Broken brackets and wires can require immediate treatment from your orthodontist.

Oral Hygiene:

Invisalign is easy to use and great for hygiene because the aligners in your mouth can be removed and cleaned as often as necessary. When you brush your teeth, you can brush your aligners as well. They can also be soaked and cleaned in a denture cleaner while you eat. Braces are more difficult to maintain because food and plaque can get trapped in the tiny spaces between braces and wires. Accumulation and gingival inflammation may occur so it’s best to brush your teeth and floss after each meal.


When it comes to choosing between Invisalign or braces you should make an appointment with your dentist and ask which option would be the best for straightening your teeth. While Invisalign is typically considered a more comfortable and more expensive option, the most important factor in straightening your teeth is to follow the advice our your orthodontist and keep regularly scheduled appointments.

To learn more about braces and Invisalign options, or if you or a loved one needs orthodontic care, please call Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 and schedule an appointment today!  

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