Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which Is Right for You?

Posted on May 31, 2024

Invisalign and traditional braces

Choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces can be a daunting decision. Dr. Wickson of Smileyville Orthodontics in Louisville, KY, breaks down the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed choice.



  •  Aesthetic Appeal: Clear aligners are nearly invisible, making them a popular choice for adults and teens.
  • Comfort: Smooth plastic aligners are less likely to irritate gums and cheeks.
  • Convenience: Removable for eating, brushing, and flossing, allowing for better oral hygiene.
  • Fewer Office Visits: Typically requires fewer check-ups than traditional braces.


  • Discipline Required: Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day for effective treatment.
  • Not for Complex Cases: May not be suitable for severe orthodontic issues.

Traditional Braces:


  • Effective for All Cases: Can address a wide range of orthodontic issues, from minor to severe.
  • No Discipline Required: Fixed braces mean no need to remember to wear them.
  • Variety of Options: Available in metal, ceramic, and lingual (behind the teeth) options.


  • Aesthetic Concerns: More noticeable than Invisalign aligners.
  • Discomfort: Brackets and wires can cause irritation and require adjustments.
  • Dietary Restrictions: Certain foods must be avoided to prevent damage to braces.

Treatment Duration:

Invisalign: Typically ranges from 6 to 18 months.

Traditional Braces: Usually ranges from 18 to 24 months.


Invisalign and Traditional Braces: Costs are comparable, but insurance coverage and payment plans can make treatment affordable. We offer treatment starting at $2998 with payments of $123/month!

At Smileyville Orthodontics in Louisville, KY, Dr. Wickson is dedicated to helping you choose the best treatment for your unique needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward your perfect smile.