Invisalign vs. Braces: What is the best choice for you?

Invisalign vs Braces

If you are deciding how to straighten your teeth, the choice will usually come down to Invisalign and traditional fixed braces. Both methods promise to deliver the perfect smile, but they work in different ways. At DentaQuest in Bristol, Taunton, and Weston Supermare, we offer both Invisalign and fixed braces, and we are here to break down each option and help you make the right choice for you.

Invisalign or Braces?

Invisalign and braces both offer a very effective method to straighten the look of your teeth and correct bite issues, but they use different approaches. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to shift teeth into place over time. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move your teeth. Both have their own set of benefits and drawbacks, so your choice will depend on your own needs, preferences and budget.

Choosing Invisalign

Invisalign is a modern method of straightening teeth using clear plastic aligners. These aligners are custom-made for your teeth and are changed every few weeks to keep moving your teeth into place. Treatment times can vary from 3 to 18 months, depending on the individual case.

Benefits of Invisalign:

Appearance: Invisalign aligners are clear and nearly invisible, making them a popular choice for adults and teens who prefer a less noticeable option.

Comfort: The aligners are made of smooth plastic, which tends to be more comfortable than the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces.

Removability: You can take out the aligners to eat and clean your teeth. This means no restrictions on what you can eat and easier brushing and flossing.

Easy Cleaning: Cleaning the aligners is simple—just rinse with warm water and brush with a soft toothbrush. Special cleaning kits are also available.

Fewer Dental Visits: New aligners are provided to change every few weeks, which may reduce the need for orthodontic visits.


Not for Severe Cases: Invisalign may not be suitable for more severe alignment issues. A consultation with an orthodontist can determine if this method will work for you.

Discipline Required: Since the aligners are removable, you need to make sure you wear them for at least 22 hours a day.

Cost: Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional braces. The cost typically starts around £2900 for a single arch and can go anywhere up to around £5,000 for a complex fit for both arches.

Choosing Traditional Braces

Traditional braces use a system of metal brackets and wires to move teeth into place. The treatment usually lasts from 12 to 30 months, with most people finishing in 18 to 24 months. Regular visits to the orthodontist are necessary to adjust the braces and ensure everything is progressing correctly.

Benefits of Traditional Braces:

Effectiveness: Braces are very effective for complex cases, including significant misalignment and jaw issues that Invisalign might not be able to correct.

Precision: Orthodontists can make precise adjustments with braces, ensuring effective treatment.

No Forgetting: Because braces are fixed to your teeth, there’s no risk of forgetting to wear them.


Appearance: Braces are more noticeable, which can be a concern, especially for adults.

Discomfort: Braces can cause discomfort, particularly after adjustments, and the brackets and wires can irritate the inside of your mouth.

Hygiene Challenges: Keeping teeth clean can be more difficult with braces, and certain foods need to be avoided to prevent damage.

Cost: Traditional braces are usually more affordable, with costs starting around £1,890 for one arch and up to £3,690 for both.

Invisalign in Bristol, Weston Supermare or Taunton

We offer both Invisalign and fixed braces at DentaQuest in Bristol, and we can help you make the decision between Invisalign and traditional braces. 

By booking a consultation with one of our skilled orthodontists, we can guide you toward the best option for achieving a healthy, beautiful smile; whether you choose Invisalign, traditional braces, or another type of treatment, our ultimate goal is to improve your dental health and boost your confidence. We have orthodontic appointments available with little or no wait time in Bristol, Taunton and Weston Supermare.

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