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Braces Vs Invisalign

The Thoughts of an experienced dentist – Dr Manjeet Patil at Ethos Dental Ringwood

So, lets Compare Braces vs Invisalign:

Usually people ask about;



Basically you want what is best for you. You only want to get braces once and you want it to be effective quickly, with relative affordability.

Braces vs Invisalign: What are they exactly?

Braces consist of metal brackets glued to your teeth and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. You can also get teeth coloured braces (to hide them!) or get multi-colored ones to make an great fashion statement!

Invisalign, as the name would suggest are ‘INVISIBLE’. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.


22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs

Braces (irremovable) vs Invisalign (removable)
Silver usually, but can get colours (even tooth colours) for extra LOOKS Clear/invisible
24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs HOW LONG 22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs
$1,800-$5,500 THE $$$ Average of $5,000
Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful. CLEANING Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water
About every month COMING IN TO SEE US Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks
Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night ONGOING CARE Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
    More effective for more complex issues

  • No temptation to leave them out, so less self-discipline is needed for success
  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • No issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from
  • No extra cleaning steps required besides regular brushing and flossing
  • May have some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement
  • May have tooth discoloration due to difficult hygiene, bracket breakage and tooth wear
  • May have difficulty eating sticky, hard foods
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining
Patients playing rough contact sports regularly NOT FOR YOU IF Patients with:

  • bridgework
  • back tooth bite issues
  • the need to rotate canines or premolars
  • the need to move teeth vertically
  • lack of discipline to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily


So which one Doc?


We would say that each case is different and now that you know the basics, come in to see us! We offer a free consult and we would love to see you at Ethos Dental Ringwood in person!

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