Braces vs. Removable Aligners

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For decades, Americans have pursued the perfect teeth. The American Dental Association reports that in 2019, the country spent around $145 billion on dental care services. Though the number has dropped slightly in 2020, coming out to $142.4 billion, it is no secret that the importance of the market will not decrease anytime soon.

There are different procedures and treatments people can undergo to achieve the smile that they want. One of the most popular services is whitening. A past article on ‘How to Get White Teeth’ highlights that brushing with special kinds of toothpaste and avoiding staining drinks can be a big help to get a pearly-white smile. Another way you can attain perfect teeth is by getting them straightened. And there are different orthodontics available in the market right now, but the two most common are traditional wired braces or removable aligners. So which one is the best fit for you?

Wired braces

Wired braces, also known as metal braces, are the ones typically associated with teeth alignment. Brackets are typically glued onto teeth and are connected by wires. They ensure that pressure is distributed equally between each tooth. There are times when users will also be required to attach elastics to their brackets. They aid in improving alignment in specific areas. Some even help in correcting jaws or bites.

BusinessInsider notes that braces can cost up to $7,500 per person. This can be a hefty price tag for the average person to pay, but the service has a starting average of $3,000. Those who have braces will come into their orthodontist’s office frequently to get the wires tightened. The process can take months or even years depending on the seriousness of the case. In the end, those with braces will most likely have to wear retainers at night to ensure that their teeth alignment is kept in place.


This form of braces has been around for decades, with the company Invisalign coming out with the first product in 1997. A post on science-backed resource SymptomFind explains that aligners are created by capturing a 3D image of the user’s teeth. The company then creates a series of wearable braces that adapt to the changes made at different stages of the process. Users will typically have to switch aligners every few weeks or so, depending on how fast their teeth respond to the movement.

The price point of this treatment can vary depending on how long it will take users to get to their desired outcome. Brands like Candid, noted as one of the cheaper options for aligners, have an average price of $1,895 but other companies charge anywhere between $5,000 to $6,000. What people pay for is convenience as users no longer have to return to their doctor’s office. Aligners also typically take less time to achieve results in comparison to wired braces.

Which one is for you?

Wired braces are ideal for those who experience severe dental overcrowding as they can address the problem more effectively. They are also less expensive than aligners, making them the better option for those who want to make the more economical choice. Considering they are firmly planted onto users’ teeth, they are also better for those who may have a habit of misplacing things.

Those who want to be able to get results in a lesser amount of time should use aligners. Though both are effective, the time frame aligners offer is shorter than wired braces. If you are also conscious of the way your smile looks while having braces on, aligners are less noticeable because they are clear. If you don’t mind paying a heavier price tag and want something more efficient, then these are for you.

If you want expert advice on what kind of braces is a match for you, you can book an appointment with us to speak with a professional. See our Orthodontics Services, or schedule a consultation with us, and we can give you the perfect smile that you’ve been looking for!

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