Invisalign® vs Braces 2020-05-21T18:42:37+00:00

Invisalign® vs Braces: What’s my best option?

Both Invisalign® and traditional metal braces are designed to give you the same result – straight teeth and improved oral health. So which option is best for your unique needs?

Have a look at the table below… We’ve compared the pros and cons of Invisalign® vs braces to showcase the major differences and help you make an informed decision. You can also refer to our Invisalign® and Braces pages for more information. Or if you prefer to discuss options with Dr. Dari, make an appointment for a free consultation.

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Invisalign® Clear Aligners Traditional Braces
Appearance Clear trays – Nearly invisible! Metal brackets, but less conspicuous options are available. Can be customized with colorful bands
Treatment Time 20-22 hours per day for 6-24 months, avg 24/7 for an average of 2 years
Checkup Frequency Every 2-3 months Once per month
Average Cost $3,500 – $7,000 average $2,500 – $6,000 average
Covered by Most Insurance Yes Yes
Overall Comfort Discomfort each time a patient switches to a new set of aligners. No parts to irritate mouth tissue. Initial discomfort when braces are applied or adjusted. Brackets & wires might irritate mouth tissue occasionally
Hygiene Easy to keep teeth & gums clean during treatment. Must remove aligners each time patient eats or drinks or else decay & staining can occur. Extra effort needed to remove plaque & food debris from teeth & gums because they can easily get stuck in brackets.
Diet Restrictions No dietary restrictions because you remove them before eating. Must avoid crunchy & chewy foods because they can pop off or get stuck in brackets.
Effectiveness Highly effective for mild to moderate alignment issues, but not for complex/serious dental issues. Highly effective for mild, moderate, and complex alignment issues.
Limitations Not suitable for patients with bridgework, back tooth bite issues, or extreme alignment issues. Not suitable for patients who participate in rough contact sports
Discipline Removable, so discipline needed to follow usage guidelines Not removable, so discipline only needed to avoid certain foods.

Why choose Shapiro?

Dr. Dari Shapiro has decades of experience practicing orthodontics in South Florida and is proud to be among the top 1% of Invisalign Diamond+ Providers in the country. This means she has more experience than 99% of all other orthodontists in the area, so the question is– why trust your smile with anyone else?

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Invisalign® Clear Aligners Traditional Braces
Appearance Clear trays – Nearly invisible! Metal brackets, but less conspicuous options are available. Can be customized with colorful bands
Treatment Time 20-22 hours per day for 6-24 months, avg 24/7 for an average of 2 years
Checkup Frequency Every 2-3 months Once per month
Average Cost $3,500 – $7,000 average $2,500 – $6,000 average
Covered by Most Insurance Yes Yes
Overall Comfort Discomfort each time a patient switches to a new set of aligners. No parts to irritate mouth tissue. Initial discomfort when braces are applied or adjusted. Brackets & wires might irritate mouth tissue occasionally
Hygiene Easy to keep teeth & gums clean during treatment. Must remove aligners each time patient eats or drinks or else decay & staining can occur. Extra effort needed to remove plaque & food debris from teeth & gums because they can easily get stuck in brackets.
Diet Restrictions No dietary restrictions because you remove them before eating. Must avoid crunchy & chewy foods because they can pop off or get stuck in brackets.
Effectiveness Highly effective for mild to moderate alignment issues, but not for complex/serious dental issues. Highly effective for mild, moderate, and complex alignment issues.
Limitations Not suitable for patients with bridgework, back tooth bite issues, or extreme alignment issues. Not suitable for patients who participate in rough contact sports
Discipline Removable, so discipline needed to follow usage guidelines Not removable, so discipline only needed to avoid certain foods.

Take a smiling selfie and we’ll show you what Invisalign® treatment can do for you.

Invisalign® Smileview
Invisalign teen guarantee

Why choose Shapiro?

Dr. Dari Shapiro has decades of experience practicing orthodontics in South Florida and is proud to be among the top 1% of Invisalign Diamond+ Providers in the country. This means she has more experience than 99% of all other orthodontists in the area, so the question is– why trust your smile with anyone else?

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