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Invisalign vs Braces

A hand holding up a set of clear alignersThe two most common orthodontic treatments for rotated, crooked or misaligned teeth are Invisalign and braces. Both treatments can improve your smile and are FDA-approved devices that yield great results.

Many people prefer Invisalign because it is removable and discrete. It is also a great option for compromised periodontal (gum) tissues, minor crowding, and open bites. Braces are ideal for a patient with large spacing, extremely deep bites, and bites requiring large root movement, for example extractions. When you are trying to make a decision on which treatment plan is perfect for you, be sure to contact Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

Compare Invisalign vs. Braces

The main difference between Invisalign and dental braces is the technique used to align teeth. Invisalign utilizes clear aligner trays which are switched out after a few weeks while braces use wires and metal brackets.
The use of Invisalign has continued to gain popularity along with improved technology that has advanced to cover more complex teeth needs.


Teeth straightening is not always a comfortable experience. However, Invisalign is more comfortable when compared to braces since it applies minimal pressure to the overall teeth. Braces can have sharp edges which can cut the tongue or inner lips. Moreover, if your child loves sports, braces can put your child at risk whenever there is contact with the mouth.

Patients with Invisalign can eat whatever they want since they can remove the trays when eating. Over time, patients get used to Invisalign or braces and find them quite comfortable.


The main difference between Invisalign and braces is the appearance and Invisalign wins this category. Invisalign is virtually undetectable while braces are noticeable. Ideally, braces are made of metal whereas Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic material. Most adults and kids prefer the appearance of Invisalign.


The cost of each treatment varies by the specific dentist seen for treatment or by region. It is recommended to discuss the cost before you start any treatment. If your insurance covers the treatment, the company may provide full or at least some coverage of the cost of either treatment. You can call your insurance company and they will advise you of the cost they will cover for either Invisalign or braces.

Which is More Effective: Braces or Invisalign?

Even though most people prefer Invisalign because it is removable and clear, it is essential to get a treatment that will work well for you. The complexity of the patient’s teeth will determine the treatment their orthodontist or dentist recommends. Invisalign is ideal for moderate to mild gaps, crowding, and crookedness. Braces are ideal for crossbites, underbites and overbites.

Unlike regular braces, Invisalign are clear and are made of clear plastic making them virtually undetectable, and can be removed for drinking and eating. Generally, dental aligners treat most types of orthodontic issues while braces treat the most complex cases.

No matter what your thoughts are on choosing to get Invisalign or braces, book a consultation with our dentist at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry to help you make the best choice for you and your needs.
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