Invisalign vs Braces

Are you dreaming of a straighter, more confident smile but are unsure whether to choose Invisalign or traditional braces? InLine Orthodontics is here to help!

Invisalign vs. Braces

As your trusted orthodontist in Calgary, we offer our patients both Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces to address their unique dental needs.

Let’s explore the differences, benefits, and considerations of these two popular orthodontic treatments.

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Invisalign: The Clear Choice in Calgary

Invisalign has revolutionized the way we approach orthodontic treatments. These customized clear aligners, designed and supervised by our specialist orthodontist, Dr. Trpkova, offer a virtually invisible solution to crowded or crooked teeth and unhealthy bites.

Plus, with Invisalign, you can maintain your regular oral hygiene routine without any interference. They are worn for 20-22 hours a day to gently guide your teeth into their new positions.

The result? A confident, healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off.

The Invisalign Teen Advantage

We understand that teens have unique needs and lifestyles, which is why we’re proud to be a Certified Invisalign Teen Provider. With Invisalign Teen aligners, you don’t have to worry about metal braces interfering with your daily activities like the big game on Friday or your yearbook photo shoot.

Unlike braces, the Invisalign trays are clear, removable, and comfortable. Plus, they’re customized just for you!

Why Choose Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign aligners offer the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and effectiveness. They’re designed to transform your smile up to 50% faster than metal and ceramic braces and are made with unique advances, such as SmartTrack material. Each aligner moves your teeth gradually and predictably, so you can continue to live your life the way you want.

Moreover, the treatment process is streamlined. During your initial Invisalign treatment appointment, we’ll complete a scan or impression. Then, in collaboration with Invisalign’s team of specialists, we’ll craft a complete digital treatment plan, mapping out your journey to a more confident smile.

Invisalign Advantages

  • Discreet Appearance: Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, making them a more aesthetically pleasing option for many individuals.
  • More Comfortable: The aligners fit flush against the teeth, causing fewer abrasions and discomfort compared to traditional braces.
  • Ease of Oral Hygiene: Aligners can be removed for regular brushing and flossing, making oral hygiene easier to maintain.
  • No Food Restrictions: Since the aligners are removed before eating, there’s no need to avoid certain foods.
  • Fewer Orthodontist Visits: Depending on the treatment plan, Invisalign may require fewer office visits.

Invisalign Disadvantages

  • Not Ideal for Complex Corrections: Invisalign may not be suitable for individuals requiring more complex orthodontic corrections.
  • Requires Discipline: Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day, which requires discipline from the wearer.
  • Increased Tooth Brushing: Invisalign wearers should clean their teeth after each meal or drink to maintain oral hygiene and avoid staining the aligners.
  • Potential Higher Cost: In some cases, Invisalign can be slightly more expensive than traditional braces cost.

Traditional Braces: The Time-Tested Method

Traditional braces have long been the go-to solution for addressing various orthodontic issues. They provide excellent results, especially for more complex dental issues, and are a reliable method to get the smile you deserve.

At InLine Orthodontics, we understand that each patient is unique and requires a customized treatment plan. Dr. Trpkova’s expertise allows us to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments, including different types of braces, to address your individual needs.

Types of Braces

Let’s take a look at the various options you can consider when it comes to braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They involve metal brackets and wires that apply continuous pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the correct position. These conventional braces are often recommended for severely misaligned teeth.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are a modern alternative to traditional braces. They use a specialized clip instead of rubber bands to guide the teeth into place. This innovative design reduces friction on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments, making them a convenient option. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets, offering flexibility in appearance.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, also known as clear braces, are made from clear materials, making them less visible on your teeth than metal braces. These are a popular choice for older teenagers and adults with cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, ceramic braces require more attention to oral hygiene as they are larger and more brittle than metal braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but they are placed on the back of the teeth, making them invisible when you smile. They are custom-made to fit the shape of your teeth perfectly, providing an efficient and discreet treatment option.

Braces Advantages

  • Effective for Complex Corrections: Braces are powerful tools for correcting even the most complex orthodontic cases due to their ability to adhere directly to each tooth.
  • Variety of Options: Traditional braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces provide options to suit different aesthetic preferences and budgets.
  • No Beverage Restrictions: Braces are resistant to staining and heat, allowing wearers to enjoy a variety of beverages without needing to remove them.

Braces Disadvantages

  • Mouth Discomfort: Traditional braces can cause irritation or cuts inside the mouth, especially when first applied.
  • Food Limitations: Certain foods that can get stuck in or damage the brackets and wires are off-limits for those wearing braces.
  • Frequent Orthodontist Visits: Regular office visits are required for adjustments.
  • Potential for Stains: Metal brackets can cause uneven tooth discoloration, which may require further treatment post-braces.

Take Control of Your Smile Today

Navigating your orthodontic treatment options for straightening teeth can seem overwhelming, but with the guidance of an experienced orthodontist, you can make an informed decision. At InLine Orthodontics, we understand the importance of a straight, healthy smile and its impact on your confidence and oral health.

Whether you’re considering traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners, we’re here to provide the necessary expertise. Invisalign offers a treatment process that’s up to 75% more predictable and generally gentler than conventional braces, adapting to the rhythm of your life without interrupting it.

Regardless of the orthodontic treatment you choose, we’re committed to guiding you through the journey and helping you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Book Your Free Consultation

Are you ready to discover the potential of your smile with one of Calgary’s leading orthodontists? Don’t wait to start your journey to a brighter, straighter, and more beautiful smile. Book a free consultation today and let’s explore your orthodontic treatment options together.

Invisalign vs. Braces FAQs

Everything you need to know about these two innovative teeth-straightening solutions!

The choice between braces and Invisalign depends on individual needs and lifestyle. Traditional braces are often preferred for more complex dental issues, while Invisalign is a popular choice for its invisibility and flexibility. Both can effectively straighten teeth under the guidance of an orthodontist.
Treatment times vary depending on the individual’s needs. In some cases, Invisalign can be faster than traditional braces. However, for more complex dental issues, traditional braces may be more efficient. Consult with your orthodontist to understand which option would be quicker for your specific case.

Orthodontists don’t universally prefer one over the other. The choice between braces and Invisalign is based on the specific needs and goals of each patient. Both treatments have their unique advantages and can effectively address various orthodontic issues.


While Invisalign has many benefits, there can be some drawbacks. These may include the need for discipline in wearing the aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day, potential difficulty in speech when you first start wearing them, and they may not be suitable for more complex orthodontic issues. However, many find that the advantages of invisible aligners outweigh the potential disadvantages.
Yes, braces are typically more painful than Invisalign. This is because the metal wires and brackets of braces can cause discomfort and irritation to the mouth. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, which is generally more comfortable. However, some discomfort can be expected with both treatments as the teeth are being shifted.
Yes, many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatments. However, the coverage varies between insurance providers and plans. It’s best to contact your insurance provider directly to confirm if Invisalign treatment is covered and to what extent.
The cost of Invisalign treatment can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case and the length of treatment, but it generally ranges from $2,000 to $8,000. For a more accurate estimate, it’s best to consult with our Calgary orthodontist.
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