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Understanding The Difference Between Invisalign and Wired Braces With Your Orthodontist

Are you thinking about getting braces? Is it for yourself or perhaps a child? Are you confused about all the options out there and just want some clear advice? Don't worry; we at Winchester Orthodontics, your family orthodontist Hampshire, have got you covered. Today we’re going to cover the differences between the two leading teeth-straightening tools: Invisalign and fixed wired braces.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is now one of the most common forms of teeth straightening, and with influences and online providers filling up our social media feeds with them it’s not hard to see why. These amazing braces are great for those wanting to straighten their teeth in a slightly subtler way. They are clear plastic trays which sit over the top of the teeth. The aligners come in sets that the patient progresses through over the course of six to 24 months.

What Are Fixed Wire Braces?

Fixed wired braces are what you’re probably more used to seeing on the market. These are fitted to the front of the teeth using a plate, and then a wire is threaded through the front of the teeth. The wire puts pressure on the teeth to move them gradually. Throughout the treatment programme, our orthodontist Hampshire will tighten the wire during your regular visits to us.

Breaking Down The Differences

We at Winchester Orthodontics want to start by saying we love both these braces and use both daily in our practice. Understanding the pros and cons is more for those wanting to get a better picture of what would work for them.

The Look

One of the biggest differences is, of course, the way these two appliances look. With Invisalign, you’re going to have a much subtler experience than with wired braces. For those in professional or customer-facing roles, this can be a massive benefit.

The Fit

Invisalign aligners can be removed, which is great for those wanting to maintain their current oral hygiene routine, as you’re still able to get full access to the teeth and gums for cleaning. Fixed wire braces are great for those who want a system that’s going to stay in place. This could be for a whole heap of reasons, but more often than not, it works well for teenagers who can become a little bit slack in wearing their removable aligners, setting them back on their orthodontics journey.


Both these systems are pretty speedy, and treatment time really does come down to the individual case; some people can get the results they want in as little as six months, whilst others with more complex needs may have to wear braces for up to around two years. This is something to discuss with your orthodontist Hampshire on a one-to-one basis.

The Cost

One major player when looking at the difference is that wired braces are still available on the NHS whereas Invisalign isn’t. If you’re on a budget or unable to afford braces, private treatment can be an excellent option. We do offer 0% finance on Invisalign, so that is something you could opt for to make them more accessible to you.


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