What’s the Difference Between Invisalign and Braces?

What’s the difference between Invisalign and braces? Both are orthodontic treatments that transform smiles while improving oral health. However, there are some significant differences. 

Please, see Dr. Glaser discuss this question in the video at the end of our blog.

To determine if Invisalign or braces are for you, you’ll need a smile expert, an orthodontist, to assess your smile. 

Dr. Barry Glaser has been providing award-winning orthodontic care for people ages in Westchester County since 1994. His decades of experience allow him to provide the highest-quality custom treatment with advanced, comfortable, and discreet braces.

As a Master Faculty member of Invisalign and VIP Platinum provider, he’s a world leader in aligner technology. Thus, he can treat more cases with Invisalign and offers Remote Monitoring, making your treatment convenient with fewer office visits.

Today, it’s never been easier to find out if Invisalign or braces are for you. Take a free virtual consultation, and you can learn more from home with no obligation to begin treatment.

Now, let’s look at the main differences between Invisalign and braces.

Differences Between Invisalign and Braces

Besides their differences in appearance, the main difference is Invisalign is removable during treatment. On the other hand, braces remain attached to your teeth using brackets and wire. Consequently, you may require more frequent office visits and emergency visits to adjust braces. 

When it’s time to eat, drink, or brush your teeth, you can gently remove the aligners and put them in their case. Therefore, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and brush the same as you do now.

With braces, you must be more mindful to avoid hard, sticky foods that can get stuck around braces. On the other hand, some foods are best limited or avoided during orthodontic treatment, including aligners. 

Both Invisalign and Braces Treat All Ages

Since 1998, Invisalign has continuously improved. Now, the clear aligner system can treat people of all ages, from kids to adults. Glaser Orthodontics offers Invisalign First, a new way to give kids the best start for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Today, more adults are getting started with orthodontic treatment and getting their dream smiles. 

Likewise, braces can transform smiles for people from kids around age seven to eight and adults. Today, clear braces are almost as discreet as Invisalign, more comfortable, with shorter treatment times.

We will discuss all the options during your first complimentary consultation and determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. At Glaser Orthodontics, Invisalign and braces are affordable with plans to fit your budget. For those with dental insurance, we’ll help you get the most out of any benefits.

Keeping Track of and Cleaning Aligners vs. Braces

Although you can take out aligners, you must wear them as much as possible. (up to 23 hours a day) By keeping them in your mouth, your treatment will be more efficient and stay on track. 

Also, whenever you remove your aligners, you must be mindful about protecting and cleaning them. So, you’ll need to keep them in a case and with you at all times. With braces, you’ll have no worries about losing them. However, cleaning around brackets and wires will take patience and practice.

Treatment Times with Invisalign and Braces

Often, people wonder if orthodontic treatment is faster with Invisalign or braces. However, since every smile is unique, treatment times vary greatly. Always, we strive to get the best results as efficiently as possible.

For some, they may only require six months for a minor correction. For others, more correction is required and may require 15 to 24 months.

As you would expect, advanced cases require more time, whether braces or Invisalign are chosen. Fortunately, Invisalign and braces are faster than ever and more comfortable.

Before treatment, we’ll go over how long treatment may take with Invisalign and braces. By maintaining oral hygiene and wearing your aligners, you can help treatment go faster.

Get Started from Home

So, now you know the answers to “What’s the difference between Invisalign and braces?” 

Now, get a free virtual consultation with Glaser Orthodontics, providing world-class Invisalign and braces.

Find out more about virtual consultations here, or click on the blue button on the bottom right of the screen that reads, “Start your Virtual Appointment!”

With your free consult, you can learn about our affordable payment plans, insurance coverage and get answers to any questions. 

As always, we’re here for you at 914.739.6400 to answer any questions.

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

Below, see Dr. Glaser discuss “What’s the Difference Between Invisalign and Braces?”