Invisalign vs. Braces: How They Compare

Are you craving a straighter smile? Tired of feeling like everyone is staring because you have crooked teeth? As your dentist in Marion, we'd like to share about Invisalign – the discrete straightening system everyone is talking about it – and how it compares to traditional braces. Keep reading to learn more!

Get to know about Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner system that was first introduced in 1997. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of clear, custom-made aligners. The Invisalign treatment consists of two phases:

Phase One - This phase usually lasts six weeks and involves wearing the first set of aligners for at least 22 hours per day.

Phase Two - This phase usually lasts four weeks and involves wearing the final set of aligners for at least 22 hours per day.

The Invisalign system uses three-dimensional computer imaging to create a virtual model of your teeth. This allows your dentist to map out a precise treatment plan that will move your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign is perfect for people of all ages, but it's especially popular with teenagers and adults. Invisalign is discrete and much less noticeable than traditional braces, making it a popular choice for people who want to improve their smile without drawing attention to themselves.

Get to know about braces

Traditional braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth. Braces are made of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and connected by a wire. The wire is tightened over time to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

Braces are most commonly used on teenagers and adults, but they can also be used on children as young as age six. Braces are ideal for people with crooked or misaligned teeth, and they work by slowly moving teeth into the correct position. Traditional braces are made of metal, but Invisalign is a newer orthodontic option that is made from plastic. Invisalign is more discreet than traditional braces, and many people prefer them because they are less noticeable.


If you are considering getting Invisalign or braces, call us, your dentist in Marion, for a no-obligation consultation. We'll take a close look at your smile, learn more about your wishes, and then recommend the best treatment option for you.

Call for an Invisalign consultation

  • Straighten teeth in as little as 12 months
  • A virtually invisible treatment
  • Eat the foods you enjoy
  • No sore mouth due to metal
  • Easier to keep clean than braces
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