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Choosing Clear Braces or Invisalign: What's Right For You?



June 10, 2023

It's no secret that modern orthodontic treatments have come a long way from the traditional metal braces of the past. Clear braces and Invisalign are popular options for those seeking a more discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces. But how do you choose between the two? This blog post will explore the differences between clear braces and Invisalign and help you decide which option is right.


Fees for treatment vary depending upon a few factors including: complexity of your case, treatment length, and which type of bracket you prefer. 

Rykiss Orthodontics is the only orthodontic practice in Manitoba that accepts your assignable orthodontic coverage up front which means that you do not have to make large payments, fill out complex forms and wait to be reimbursed. Fees and payment options including interest free monthly payments will be quoted at your complimentary new patient exam.

Treatment time

Traditional clear braces typically require an average treatment time of 18 to 24 months, depending on the extent of your personalized treatment plan. Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 18 months on average.

It is important to note that the treatment time for Invisalign can be significantly reduced if the patient wears the aligners for the recommended 22 hours a day. The aligners should only be removed during meals and when brushing and flossing teeth.

Clear braces may require more frequent appointments with your orthodontist to adjust the wires and brackets, which can extend the length of treatment.

The treatment length should be considered when choosing between clear braces and Invisalign. If a shorter treatment time is a priority for you, your orthodontist will be able to help determine which option is best for you.


Your lifestyle also plays a role in deciding between clear braces and Invisalign. If you are an athlete or play contact sports, Invisalign might be a better option as they provide better protection for your teeth. Also, if you have a job that requires frequent meetings and presentations, Invisalign may be more suitable as they are virtually invisible and won't affect your professional image.

Consider your lifestyle and daily activities when deciding between clear braces and Invisalign.


There are a few things to remember when it comes to maintaining your braces or Invisalign. Traditional braces require regular visits to your orthodontist to tighten the wires and ensure they work properly. You must also brush and floss carefully to remove any food particles stuck in the brackets or wires.

On the other hand, Invisalign requires less maintenance. You’ll still have to clean your aligners daily, remove them before eating or drinking anything other than water, and you will need to brush your teeth after each meal to avoid staining your aligners.

One benefit of Invisalign is that you don't have to worry about food restrictions or avoiding certain sticky or crunchy foods that can damage traditional braces. However, Invisalign requires more discipline when wearing your aligners. It would help if you aimed to wear them for 22 hours daily to ensure your treatment progresses as planned.

Traditional braces require more attention to detail but offer more control over the treatment process. Invisalign offers greater convenience and flexibility, but you'll need to wear your aligners and clean them regularly to ensure that your treatment is effective.

Final Thoughts

At Rykiss Orthodontics, we understand that choosing the right orthodontic treatment is a big decision.

Regardless of your choice, our experienced team will guide you through the process and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start your journey towards a confident, happy smile.


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