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Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

If you are dealing with crooked teeth, braces are often the first thing that comes to mind as a solution. However, Invisalign is also a newer option that can help to straighten the teeth as well. Read on to learn more about Invisalign and how it differs from traditional braces.


Braces are made up of metal brackets that are glued to the teeth and tied together by wires and small rubber bands. Patients can choose from brackets that more closely match their enamel color or choose from a variety of colors as well. Traditional braces need to be worn 24/7 for on average two years to see results, though this timeline may vary.

Traditional braces are often a good fit for patients of all ages and can help to move the teeth in many directions for a straighter smile. The only individuals who are not good candidates for traditional braces are those who play rough contact sports regularly.


Invisalign aligners are designed to be undetectable when worn. They are made up of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic trays that are worn over the teeth. They work by subtly moving your teeth over time, creating a straighter smile. Invisalign aligners need to be worn 22-24 hours a day for 6-18 months, depending on the amount of change desired.

One of the main benefits of Invisalign aligners is that you can remove them when you are going to eat or brush your teeth. This helps to avoid any difficulty eating, issues with food getting caught in the braces, or discomfort from wires.

What do They Cost?

The cost of each treatment may vary, however, on average, traditional braces can cost anywhere from $1,800-$5,500. Invisalign costs on average $5,000. A consultation with Dr. Zwier can help to determine pricing.

If you are in the Grand Rapids area and are interested in learning more about braces and Invisalign, contact our office today!