Braces vs Invisalign: Which Is the Real Winner?

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Of all of the treatment plan options Dr. Hummert of Garden State Orthodontics near Summit, NJ offers, most patients choose treatment with either traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners.

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you or your child’s needs. So many factors need to be considered: price, length of treatment, comfort/convenience, and visibility.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces or Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases, while Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Hummert offers both types of these treatments and is here to explain the upsides and downsides of each orthodontic treatment approach.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign:


Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding or band, and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well.

Fun Facts:

  • Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
  • Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
  • Come with some common-sense food restrictions.


Invisalign aligners give patients a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign with Dr. Hummert allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient), brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer.

Fun Facts:

  • Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
  • Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
  • Aligners are made of a plastic (which won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).
  • Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer
  • Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get informed

Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, Dr. Hummert and Garden State Orthodontics can help you make the most appropriate decision. Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hummert today!

Dr. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics are experts in braces and Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, Union, NJ, Summit, NJ, or 07081, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471