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Braces vs. Aligner treatment

Braces and Invisalign® treatment are wonderful options for anyone looking to straighten their smile. We understand it can be overwhelming to decide which treatment is best for you - so we’ve made a simple guide to show you the difference!


  • Material: Brackets and wires with elastic colors that can be changed at each visit
  • Appointment intervals: Every 5-12 weeks (25-60 minutes), Appointments might be needed to fix broken brackets and poking wires which are unexpected and often inconvenient
  • Removable: No
  • Oral hygiene: Requires additional time and effort to properly clean and regular brushing and flossing with excellent oral hygiene to avoid decalcification leading to permanent stains on teeth
  • Diet: Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods and any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces; avoid fizzy drinks and avoid food and drinks with a lot of sugar
  • Issues treated: Simple, complex, and severe cases
  • Comfort level: Tenderness may be present for up to 2-3 days after fitting and adjustment appointments

Aligner® treatment

  • Material: Nearly invisible, removable aligners, with temporary, tooth-colored attachments
  • Appointment intervals: Every 12-20 weeks (10-30 minutes)
  • Removable: Yes (wear at least 22 hours per day for best results)
  • Oral hygiene: Regular brushing and flossing, cleaning aligners
  • Diet: No food restrictions (you can remove aligners to eat, brush and floss)
  • Comfort level: Tenderness may be present at the start of treatment and very minimal when switching aligners
  • Other Facts: Ideal for open bite correction, more suitable for patients with crowns and other dental work (bridges, fillings, etc.), can be used as mouthguard for most sports
Aligner® treatment

Treatment on-the-go with Dental Monitoring

Enjoy remote check-ins by pairing your braces or aligner treatment with Dental Monitoring. Just by sending us weekly scans from home, we can track your treatment progress through this revolutionary smartphone app.

Treatment on-the-go with Dental Monitoring

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