Are Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign®?

Advances in braces technology make achieving a healthy, beautiful smile more effortless than ever. You no longer need to wear bulky, uncomfortable braces to align your teeth. Many modern options, like Invisalign or Damon braces, give patients a more aesthetic look and improved physical comfort.

Schedule a free consultation with our team to place your smile and dental health in our expert care. 

What To Expect With Braces

Through the years, braces have been used to enhance patients’ smiles and dental health. They work by using an archwire and brackets to place gentle forces on the teeth, shifting them into more optimal placement. Wearing braces no longer comes with the unattractive stigma of the past. Metal braces are smaller, and ceramic brackets make orthodontic treatment much less noticeable.

The Damon system uses a self-ligating bracket and a specially designed wire system. This remarkable technology works around the clock to improve your smile, providing a quicker, more comfortable treatment. 

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The Advantages of Braces

Before deciding which method of tooth alignment suits you best, contact the experts at Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics. Our terrific team will examine your teeth and help you determine which orthodontic treatment will be the perfect fit for your smile goals.  

For patients curious about Damon Braces, consider these pros and cons: 


  • You cannot lose braces. Sometimes patients misplace their removable trays. Orthodontists recommend traditional braces for patients who struggle to keep track of aligners
  • Braces address some advanced dental issues, such as those needing jaw surgery.
  • Braces constantly work, even when you’re having your morning coffee or are snacking. 



  • Traditional braces require extra care in cleaning. Food and plaque like to decorate braces; so, patients wearing braces need to clean around their braces and floss regularly. This decreases the patient’s chance of developing dental decay later in life. 
  • Traditional braces come with dietary restrictions. Patients should avoid hard candy, popcorn, sticky foods, and other foods that might damage their brackets while wearing traditional braces. 

Traditional braces are more noticeable. While Damon Braces are less obvious during orthodontic treatment (Dr. Koen’s office thinks they look fabulous!), they are still visible to the naked eye.

What To Expect With Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign uses customized, clear trays or aligners to adjust your teeth. The unnoticeable, comfortable treatment is a favorite for patients who want the perks of a beautiful smile without dealing with brackets and wires. Invisalign wearers must wear their aligners set for 20-22 hours daily to experience a better smile. On average, they will need to change to the next tray in their set once a week.  

As an Invisalign Platinum Plus provider, Dr. Mary Cay Koen is one of the top Invisalign providers in the country. 


Pros & Cons Of Invisalign

If you seek to refresh your smile through Invisalign, visit us at Dr. Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics to determine whether or not Invisalign suits your smile and lifestyle. Like every treatment, Invisalign comes with its pros and cons. 


  • Invisalign gently adjusts your teeth. Invisalign uses gentler pressure than traditional braces to align your teeth. 
  • Invisalign comes without dietary restrictions. Because you can remove your invisible trays, feel free to eat or drink whatever you want to while enjoying Invisalign treatment. However, Invisalign users should clean their teeth after eating and before returning trays to the mouth. 
  • Brushing and flossing remain easy with the removable trays offered in Invisalign treatment. 
  • Patients wearing Invisalign attend fewer in-office appointments since they do not need wires and brackets adjusted.
  • Invisalign is nearly invisible, so you can show off your smile as it improves without brackets and wires.


  • Invisalign may not address some advanced dental issues. Dr. Mary Cay Koen is one of the top Invisalign providers in the country. Her experience with Invisalign techniques allows her to handle more advanced issues than some Invisalign issues. Use her expert advice to determine whether or not Invisalign suits your unique smile.
  • Invisalign requires regular, responsible use to work effectively. Because Invisalign trays are removable, patients occasionally lose or damage their trays and need replacements. Replacing trays takes time, slows your progress, and could make treatment more expensive. Not wearing aligners the recommended number of hours per day will jeopardize the great outcomes we have come to expect at Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics! 


Which is Cheaper: Braces Or Invisalign?

The answer to this question ultimately depends on your individual needs. During your complimentary consultation, our team examines your mouth and determines the best game plan to create your best smile. 

The average cost of orthodontic treatment ranges from $2,800 to $6,800. We believe that finances shouldn’t keep you from the joys of a beautiful smile. With few exceptions, orthodontic treatment with braces or with Invisalign carries the same fee in Dr. Koen’s office. She wants her patients to be able to pick the treatment type that will work best for their individual lifestyles. We will discuss financial options during your complimentary consultation, including monthly financing through CareCredit®. 

We also offer a 10% discount to those serving the community, such as teachers, firefighters, police officers, active duty military personnel, and clergy staff.

Which Option is Right For Me?

So many factors play a role in deciding which type of orthodontic treatment fits you best. Let us guide your decision at Dr. Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics, considering your budget, dental health, and aesthetic desires. 

Don’t wait! Schedule an appointment today to receive care from one of Godlettsville’s most renowned orthodontists, Dr. Mary Cay Koen. Our orthodontic experts will provide insight into the ideal plan for optimizing your unique smile.