Invisalign vs. Braces – Which is Right for You?

Invisalign vs. Braces — Which is Right for You?
Posted on 08/20/2019
 Invisalign vs. Braces — Which is Right for You?

Many people straighten their teeth, but today there are many means to accomplish straight teeth goals. While traditional braces are a popular route there are more innovative ways to straighten teeth these days that don’t cause as much of a burden. Invisalign is one such service, and we offer it at Blue Stone Hills Dentistry. So before you make your teeth straightening decision, consider the differences between Invisalign vs. braces.

Your Teeth Straightening Options


Traditional braces are made of a system of brackets and wires. Brackets are attached to either the front or back of the teeth using cement, and wires and elastic bands are connected to those brackets in order to apply constant pressure to help straighten teeth. Your orthodontist will schedule appointments to replace the bands and adjust the wires every 6 - 10 weeks.


Invisalign is the process of using a series of clear aligners to increasingly straighten your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is both wire and bracket-free. Initially, your Blue Stone Hills Dentistry dentist sends impressions of your teeth to create aligners. Once the Invisalign aligners are made they must be worn sequentially, contingent upon your dentist’s approval at regular check-up appointments. Appointments with your dentist should be scheduled every 8 - 12 weeks to monitor progress and receive the next aligners when ready.

Comparing Pros and Cons



The most significant difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is the fact that Invisalign is the “almost invisible” teeth straightening option. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners, the treatment is less noticeable than its braces counterpart. Invisalign aligners are also removable, which means there are no restrictions on what you can eat while using this teeth straightening option. Additionally, this means there are no limitations on your oral hygiene routine. Overall, because Invisalign is removable, there is a minimal effect on your lifestyle but a life changing effect on your teeth.

Traditional Braces

Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces are not removable. This means there are certain limits in place to ensure the safety and efficiency of your orthodontic equipment. While using traditional braces, you will need to avoid eating foods that are either too sticky or too crunchy. You will also need to be especially vigilant with your oral hygiene, working to brush and floss between braces. Moreover, as noted because of the metal components, traditional braces are the more noticeable option for your teeth straightening needs.


The cost of both traditional braces and Invisalign depends on several factors, for example the severity of the orthodontic problem, your dental insurance, and any work to restore braces or Invisalign aligners that are damaged/lost throughout the process. Typically, the cost of traditional braces ranges from $2,500 - $7,000, while Invisalign costs from $3,000 - $8,000. Book a consultation with Blue Stone Hills Dentistry at our Harrisonburg office to discuss the specific pricing you can expect for your Invisalign treatment with us.

Call Blue Stone Hills Dentistry Today!

Your eligibility to receive Invisalign treatment depends on your unique teeth straightening needs, so schedule a consultation with our Harrisonburg office today to discuss with a dentist if this option is right for you. We can’t wait to see your smile!

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