Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Which is Better?

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For centuries, metal braces were the only option for patients seeking orthodontic treatment. Now, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Innovations in orthodontics have allowed us more choice than ever when it comes to selecting our preferred treatments.

But with all that choice comes uncertainty. Which is why we’re here to break down some of your options for you. Namely: Invisalign vs traditional metal braces, which is better for you?

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What is Invisalign Exactly?


Invisalign treatment is a series of clear, barely visible, custom-fitted trays (or aligners) that are placed over the teeth. The aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic that are replaced at set intervals to gradually move the teeth little by little into the desired position.

The number of aligners is dependent on the severity of your teeth and can be changed weekly or fortnightly, according to your orthodontist’s instructions.

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Cost


The cost of braces in the UK can vary and is based on the type of appliance you choose and the severity of your issue. On average, it can cost you anywhere from £1,075 to £5,000.

However, the cost of Invisalign treatment also differs from patient to patient and can cost from £2,500 to £7,000. Similar to braces, this all depends on the complexity of your issues and the type of Invisalign treatment you and your orthodontist decide is best for you.

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Treatment Time 


In general, the treatment time for Invisalign is usually faster than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment involves wearing your aligners between 22 to 24 hours a day and can last for six to 18 months.

Traditional braces are attached to your teeth permanently throughout the course of your treatment which can take up to two years or more to complete. The average duration is usually around 16 to 18 months.

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Effectiveness


Both traditional braces and Invisalign are effective tools for straightening teeth while also improving your smile and oral health.

However, Invisalign is considered to be more effective for moderate crowding of the front teeth, while traditional braces are considered more effective for issues that are more severe. 

Main Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces: 


  • Perfect for patients seeking a more discreet orthodontic treatment
  • Treatment time is faster than traditional metal braces
  • Aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink and care for your teeth as you normally would
  • More comfortable than traditional metal braces as they do not use brackets or wires

Compared to traditional metal braces, the real selling point of Invisalign is that the clear trays (aligners) you wear are almost invisible to those around you and can be removed at any time.



Ultimately, Invisalign and braces are two different approaches to straightening your teeth with their own pros and cons.

It will be your orthodontist who will advise you on what treatment they think is best for you. But the final choice will be up to you.

If you would like to find out whether Invisalign is right for you, book an appointment now by calling us on 020 3733 4187 or visit our contact us page for more options.

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