Invisalign or Braces? What Is Right for Me?

Invisalign or Braces? What Is Right for Me?

Struggling with misaligned teeth? Looking to straighten them up but don’t know where to start? Your options come down primarily to traditional braces or Invisalign® — both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so take the time now to read what our Point Pleasant dentist has to say about Invisalign® vs. braces.

Similarities & Differences Between Invisalign® and Braces

When it comes to teeth-straightening treatments, Invisalign® and traditional braces have a lot in common. Both are used to move teeth into the preferred alignment while being supervised by a dentist or orthodontist. Your provider will be responsible for creating a treatment plan that will best suit your needs and determine how long the process will take — generally anywhere from 6 months up to two years.  While these treatments can both effectively correct alignment concerns, there are some clear differences between them. The most easily recognizable difference is the physical appearance; Invisalign® aligners are made of a clear plastic material that fits snugly over your teeth. In comparison traditional braces combine bands, wires, and brackets that are more noticeable and uncomfortable when compared to almost invisible and comfortable Invisalign® aligners.  Discussing these differences with your dentist is an important part of the decision-making process when choosing any dental treatment.

Traditional Braces: 

  • Can be more affordable and more likely to be covered by insurance
  • Allow more precise control over teeth movement and spacing
  • Can be used to treat a wider range of problems than Invisalign®, including complex misalignment issues
  • Tend to be more uncomfortable
  • Harder to clean


  • Is nearly invisible and can be removed when needed
  • Can be adjusted more frequently to achieve quicker results
  • Does not cause gum, mouth, or tooth bruising as traditional braces do
  • Allows your favorite foods, like apples and carrots, to still be enjoyed without worrying about broken braces
  • Is usually more expensive

Maintenance of Invisalign® and Braces

As orthodontic solutions go, traditional braces may be effective, but they come with a price in terms of dedication to maintenance. Regular orthodontist visits are necessary to ensure that the orthodontic appliance is tightened correctly and adjusted.  Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing to eliminate plaque buildup is imperative. The Invisalign® process allows for significantly fewer office visits that would otherwise be required with traditional braces; you simply switch to the next aligner in the series every two weeks without worrying about excessive appointments or maintenance. This ease of care makes Invisalign® an ideal choice for those with a busy lifestyle, as it provides convenience regarding appointments and daily upkeep.

Cost Comparison Between Braces & Invisalign®

At our office, we want you to be informed on all of your orthodontic care options. When it comes to Invisalign® and traditional braces, an important point of distinction is cost. While the cost of Invisalign® can range from $3,000 to $8,000 based on the severity of your case, braces are generally less expensive; these orthodontic treatments typically range from $1,500 to $7,000.  Additionally, depending on your dental insurance policy coverage, part or all of your orthodontic care may be covered. For questions about costs associated with orthodontic treatments at our office please contact us for more information.

Straighten Your Smile at Coastal Dental Group!

Largely, the decision between Invisalign and traditional braces comes down to personal preferences. If you’re looking for an invisible solution and don’t mind the higher price tag, then Invisalign may be the right choice for you. If you’d prefer a traditional metal braces look, then traditional braces may be the better option.  Whichever you choose, it’s important to talk to your dental care provider to ensure your teeth get the right treatment. If you are in the Point Pleasant, NJ area, please contact us today to learn more!