Dr. Nayanika 

Last Modified: May 15, 2023


Table of Contents

  1. How teeth aligners work?
  2. Aligners vs. Braces: Which is faster?
  3. Conclusion


When it comes to orthodontic treatment, one of the most common questions patients ask is whether clear aligners are faster than traditional braces. While both options can effectively straighten teeth and correct bite issues, there are differences in the way they work that may affect the overall treatment time. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at teeth aligners and braces and compare their speed of treatment.

How teeth aligners work:

Teeth aligners are a type of treatment that uses a series of clear plastic trays to gradually shift teeth into the desired position. Each set of clear aligners is custom-made for the patient and is worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced with a new set. As the teeth move, the patient will visit the dentist or orthodontist every few weeks to monitor progress and receive new trays.

Invisible braces are a popular choice for adults who want to straighten their teeth without the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. Other advantages include that they are removable, which makes it easier to brush and floss teeth and eat a variety of foods, virtually invisible, pain-free, etc.

How braces work:

Conventional braces utilize metal brackets and wires that exert pressure on the teeth, causing them to move gradually into their intended position.

The brackets are bonded to the teeth and connected with archwires that are adjusted periodically by the orthodontist to achieve the desired movement.

Braces are a reliable and effective way to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. They are also a popular choice for children and teenagers, who may be more prone to losing or forgetting to wear removable aligners.

Aligners vs. Braces: Which is faster?

Now, the big question: Are aligners faster than braces? The answer to this very question is that it depends on the individual case.

When it comes to the speed of treatment, the answer is not always clear-cut. Clear aligners have fewer restrictions, it is removable so one can enjoy any food they desire, it is virtually invisible so it gives people the confidence to smile and talk as much as they like, it is also considered a safe option because it is easily removable so it is quite easy to maintain good oral hygiene. Because teeth aligners are custom-made to fit smoothly over the teeth, they can apply more targeted pressure and move teeth more precisely. They also tend to require fewer adjustments than braces, which can save time.

However, for more complex cases, braces may be the faster option. Braces allow for more control over the movement of teeth, and the orthodontist can make adjustments as needed to achieve the desired results. In addition, braces are generally more effective at correcting bite issues, such as overbites or underbites, which can take longer to correct with aligners.

Several other factors can affect the overall speed of orthodontic treatment. These include your age, the type of braces that you choose, dental health and oral hygiene, certain medications, treatment plan, eating habits, missed sessions, gender and any other medical condition.


The speed of orthodontic treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the type of treatment, the complexity of the case, and patient compliance. While invisible braces can be faster for minor to moderate issues, it provides an esthetic and comfortable treatment, causing less pain and also reducing the number and visits to the doctor. Metal braces may be faster for more complex cases, it also prevents bone erosion, prevents dental injury and also helps with speech improvement.

Ultimately, the best way to determine which option is right for you is to consult with an experienced orthodontist who can evaluate your needs and recommend the most effective treatment plan.



Dr. Nayanika

May 15, 2023