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Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Comparing braces and Invisalign

Orthodontic treatments have come a long way, offering patients more options to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Two popular choices for teeth alignment are traditional braces and Invisalign. 

Both methods aim to correct dental misalignments, but they differ in terms of appearance, comfort, maintenance, and treatment duration. Here are some key differences:




Braces have been used for decades to effectively correct a variety of orthodontic issues. They consist of metal or ceramic brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by wires and elastics. 

Compared to Invisalign, braces are...

Highly visible

Braces are infamous for their appearance, caused by metal brackets and wires. 

Appointment heavy

Orthodontists adjust the tension in the wires during periodic visits to gradually shift the teeth into their proper position. This process may cause discomfort or soreness initially, and adjustments can be needed regularly.

A lot of maintenance

Proper oral hygiene is crucial with braces, as food particles can easily get trapped. Special care is required to brush and floss effectively, including using interdental brushes and floss threaders.

Food restrictive

Certain foods, such as sticky candies and hard, crunchy snacks, should be avoided as they can damage the braces. It's important to follow dietary guidelines provided by your orthodontist.

Lengthy treatments

While the actual period with braces can vary, it typically ranges from 18 months to 3 years, depending on the complexity of the case. 


Invisalign is a relatively newer orthodontic treatment that offers an alternative to traditional braces. It utilizes a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth. 

Compared to braces, Invisalign is...


Hence the name, Invisalign aligners are transparent, making them virtually invisible when worn.


The aligners are custom-made from smooth plastic, which reduces the likelihood of gum and cheek irritation. Unlike braces, there are no wires or brackets to cause discomfort or poke the mouth.


Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss without any obstructions. This flexibility makes it easier to maintain oral hygiene and enjoy your favorite foods.

Easy to maintain

Cleaning Invisalign aligners is relatively simple. You can rinse them with lukewarm water or use a specialized cleaning system to keep them fresh and clear.

Less lengthy

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. On average, it ranges from 6 to 18 months. Like braces, regular check-ups with your orthodontist will be required to monitor progress and receive new sets of aligners (though they’re less frequent)

Both braces and Invisalign offer effective solutions for teeth alignment, each with its own set of advantages. Traditional braces are reliable, highly effective, and suitable for various complex cases, while Invisalign provides a discreet, comfortable, and convenient option for those seeking a less noticeable appearance. 

If you’re in the California area, book a consultation with the Hospitality Dental team. We’d be happy to discuss both options more in-depth.

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