Invisalign vs. Fastbraces

Invisalign vs. Fastbraces

Invisalign and Fastbraces are some of the most popular teeth straightening options on the market. Since these methods are generally less invasive and less time-intensive when compared to traditional braces, it can be hard to pick between the two. 

Of course you’re probably wondering about their 3 C’s (convenience, cost, and comfortability). Well the good news is that you’ve come to the right place. 

This Post Will Cover: 

1) The differences between Invisalign and Fastbraces

2) What to expect after you’ve narrowed down your treatment options 

3) How Invisalign and Fastbraces may impact your current lifestyle habits

Let's dive in.

Invisalign and Fastbraces Broken Down

At a glance, here’s how Invisalign or Fastbraces could best serve your smile correction needs. 


  • May require tooth extraction(s)
  • Controlled pressure is used to treat extensive tooth and/or jaw misalignment cases, yet teeth are repositioned in several phases
  • Should be worn for ~22 hours a day and are to be removed before eating 
  • Discreet and less noticeable when compared to fixed appliances 
  • Average duration of an Invisalign treatment plan is between 8-24 months
  • Permanent Invisalign retainers must be worn nightly for a patient to maintain their achieved results 
  • Cost is roughly $5,500


  • Do not require a tooth extraction
  • Controlled pressure is used to move and manipulate the entire tooth
  • Requires a single wire which is fastened to the top and bottom rows of a patients’ teeth 
  • The affixed metal brackets are visible to the naked eye
  • Average duration of a Fastbraces treatment plan is 20 weeks
  • Permanent Fastbraces retainers are to be worn for ~30 minutes a day
  • Cost is roughly $4,000

Your Next Steps After Choosing A Teeth Straightening Provider

Think of this cosmetic procedure as an investment towards your future self. Expect a lot of paperwork to sign and remember that you’ll need to provide a down payment. 

Most practices offer financing options and a substantial discount if you book your teeth straightening service post-consult. Consider opening a new credit card for the rewards or point value, given the high cost and optional payout schedule. 

Have all of your questions written down in your phone or on a notepad because you might forget what to ask the day of. 

Yes, there will be bouts of nervousness and cycles of insecurity in the upcoming months or days between the start date of your treatment plan. That’s okay. 

Remember to breathe, maintain a positive mindset, and oddly enough… just trust the process. 

Getting Acclimated to Your Fixed or Removable Braces 

There’s an adjustment period when you begin a smile correction program. You’ll likely get food caught between your tooth gaps and will be told by your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist to keep up with a daily cleaning schedule

Jaw achiness and slight discomfort are to be expected. However, address tooth pain, bleeding, and gum sensitivity during routine visits with your licensed practitioner. 

It’s possible that you could have a lisp or strange mouth feeling throughout your first few weeks with your braces or aligners. This will subside over time. 


While it’s incredible to have a lineup of advanced teeth straightening options to choose from, the hard work and persistence ultimately falls on you.

Sometimes you need a little boost of encouragement and expert tips to make it happen. Whether you’re starting a clear aligner treatment or are still shopping around, Dana M. Goldberg (Nutrition consultant, wellness specialist, and clear aligner coach) can be your voice of reason along the way. 

Her Well+Aligned system offers 1:1 clear aligner coaching, workarounds to tackle food anxiety, and all of the support you need throughout this next chapter in your life. Check out the W+A resources page to learn more and get started today!
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