Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Which is better for adults?

Feb 22, 2024 | Patient Tips

Invisalign has grown in popularity in recent years, offering an alternative to traditional braces. Many adults are drawn to this teeth-straightening solution because it allows them to forego the more visible braces that others had as teenagers. Invisalign and similar options give you the chance to straighten your teeth in a less obvious way that others might not even notice. 

But is Invisalign better than traditional braces? Weighing up the two options is important if you want to make the right choice. When you understand the pros and cons of each one, you can decide whether Invisalign or braces is best for you. There are a few different factors that are helpful to think about when you’re making your choice.


Cost is likely one of the first things you want to compare when you’re considering traditional braces versus Invisalign. However, the answer to which one is more affordable isn’t always clear-cut. As with many things in life, the exact cost will depend on a few specifics affecting each person. The price could be influenced by the exact treatment parameters, the location where the treatment is received, and how much your insurance might cover.

Invisalign and traditional braces often work out around the same cost. Invisalign may be somewhere between $3,000-$7,000, on average, while traditional braces can cost about $2,000 to $,6000. So, while Invisalign has the potential to be a little more expensive, it’s likely there won’t be much difference in price between the two options.


If you’re going to the effort of having your teeth straightened, you want it to be worth it. Getting good results is obviously a top priority, so it’s important to know whether traditional braces or Invisalign is the more effective option.

Both of these options are effective for straightening your teeth. However, one may be better than the other for certain types of teeth straightening. Invisalign is often recommended for moderate crowding in the front teeth. Braces may be recommended for more severe problems that need further correction.

Treatment Time

No one wants to deal with braces for any longer than they really need to. Even with Invisalign, you probably don’t want the treatment to last longer than necessary. Both options could take the same amount of time to provide results. But Invisalign could take effect sooner, especially for minor problems.

Traditional braces are usually worn for between one and three years. The exact length of time will depend on a few things. These include how crooked the teeth are to begin with, the bite (how the top and bottom teeth align), and whether they are traditional metal braces or lingual braces, which are placed behind the teeth.

On the other hand, Invisalign could take as little as 3-6 months or as long as a couple of years. One study found that people using clear aligners typically wore them for less time than fixed braces. However, it’s important to remember that many people who use clear aligners also have less severe problems that they want to correct.


The convenience of either traditional braces or Invisalign is definitely something most people want to consider. You might think of traditional braces as an option that’s not very convenient to fit into your everyday life. Invisalign braces, which can be removed if necessary, can seem a lot more convenient at first glance.

It’s true that traditional braces require some care. Brushing and flossing your teeth becomes more of a delicate operation and it might take you some time to learn to do it. You also need to be a little more careful with what you eat and drink so you can avoid causing any damage to the brackets or wires. Additionally, traditional braces require regular visits to your orthodontist. However, the treatment time can be faster for some people compared to Invisalign. It could be worth choosing traditional braces if you can get them off sooner.

Invisalign is an appealing option for anyone who is put off by the inconvenience of traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed whenever you want to. This means you can take them out to eat and drink or for any other reason. They should be worn for around 20-22 hours each day, which means you can conveniently take them out for short periods. Brushing and flossing are easier when you can simply remove your aligners.

On the other hand, taking them out and putting them back in might not be as convenient as it sounds. You should remove them when eating or drinking anything other than water, which can be especially annoying when you’re out and about.


Of course, the aesthetics of both braces and Invisalign can’t be ignored. They’re a big consideration for adults who might feel that they’re too old for traditional braces. Both fixed braces and Invisalign can offer a more aesthetic option.

While metal braces are traditionally fixed to the outside of the teeth, you can also choose lingual braces. These sit behind the teeth, so they’re much less visible. You also have the option of ceramic braces. These are less visible, using tooth-colored or white brackets so that only the wires are visible. You can consider these two more discreet options if you want the benefits of traditional braces without the visibility.

Invisalign aligners are clear and designed to be barely noticeable. For adults, this is a great option, as they might not want it to be obvious that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you’re self-conscious, you might prefer Invisalign compared to traditional braces. If you don’t tell anyone you’re wearing them, people likely won’t even notice you’re wearing clear aligners.

Traditional Braces or Invisalign?

Deciding between traditional braces or Invisalign is a personal choice. There are pros and cons to each, so either could be right for you.

Call our office if you want to know more about braces and Invisalign from our orthodontists. We offer a range of dental services, from teeth cleaning to braces.

Get in touch with Dr. Topping and his staff today! Elkhart and Nappanee do traditional braces as well as clear corrections.Keep in mind that the Middlebury office only offers Invisalign orthodontic care. If you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them!

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