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In the evolving landscape of orthodontic treatments, patients are increasingly curious about the most efficient paths to achieving their ideal smiles. Among the myriad of options available, Invisalign and traditional braces stand out as popular choices. At Walt Orthodontics, we frequently address inquiries regarding the speed and efficacy of these treatments. This blog post delves into the comparison between Invisalign and braces, shedding light on which method might lead you to your desired results more swiftly.

Understanding Invisalign and Traditional Braces

Before comparing the timelines associated with Invisalign and traditional braces, it’s crucial to understand the fundamental differences between these treatments. Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit over your teeth, gently moving them into their correct positions over time. Traditional braces, on the other hand, consist of metal brackets attached to the teeth, connected by wires that are periodically tightened by an orthodontist to guide teeth into alignment.

Factors Influencing Treatment Duration

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies significantly depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the specific alignment issues being addressed, and patient compliance. Invisalign, known for its aesthetic appeal and comfort, offers the convenience of removable aligners that must be worn for 20-22 hours a day to achieve optimal results. Braces, while fixed and not removable, continuously work on aligning the teeth without the need for patient intervention regarding wear time.

Is Invisalign Faster?

The question of whether Invisalign is faster than braces does not have a one-size-fits-all answer. For mild to moderate alignment issues, Invisalign can be as efficient as traditional braces, sometimes even offering a quicker path to desired outcomes. The reason for this is that since Invisalign is generated by computer software there is more control. The teeth that are straight remain straight as they are not moved. With braces, since they are placed on each tooth – every tooth moves. This often has unintended consequences that requires additional correction which adds to treatment time.

However, for more complex orthodontic needs, traditional braces may provide the orthodontist with greater speed of certain types of tooth movements – such as severe rotations – potentially leading to more effective results within a similar timeframe.

Research and clinical studies have provided insights into the efficiency of both treatments:

  • study published in the National Library of Medicine explores the treatment effectiveness between clear aligners and traditional braces.
  • Another research article in the National Library of Medicine discusses the differences in finished case quality between Invisalign and traditional fixed appliances.
  • ScienceDirect features a study on the percentage of patients who switch from Invisalign to braces, indicating satisfaction and effectiveness levels.

These studies suggest that the average treatment time for Invisalign aligners ranges from 12 to 18 months, though some patients may see results in as few as 6 months. Conversely, the average duration for traditional braces is typically estimated at around 18 to 24 months, though this can vary widely based on individual cases.

LightForce Custom Braces

One of the most recent advancement with braces is LightForce. We are proud to be the first office in Canada to ever offer them. They are custom made braces and the treatment planning process is similar to LightForce. Since the braces are custom made they generally offer faster treatment times than traditional metal braces.

Making the Right Choice for You

Choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces is a decision that should be made in consultation with an experienced orthodontist. At Walt Orthodontics, we prioritize a personalized approach, considering your unique dental structure, lifestyle preferences, and treatment goals. During your consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons of each option, including the anticipated treatment duration, to help you make an informed decision.


Both Invisalign and traditional braces offer effective solutions for achieving a straighter smile, with the potential speed of treatment depending on individual circumstances. At Walt Orthodontics, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of care, utilizing the latest advancements in orthodontic technology to ensure optimal results. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment and are curious about the fastest route to achieving your goals, we invite you to contact us. Together, we can explore the best treatment options for your smile, ensuring a journey that is tailored to your needs and preferences.

In-Person Consultation

Use our handy online scheduler below to choose the date and time that works best for your initial complimentary consultation appointment!

Please note that while initial orthodontic consultations are complimentary, if you recently completed orthodontic treatment or currently are in active appliances with another provider, seeking a replacement/repair for a retainer, or looking to schedule a second consult after your initial one there is a fee for the consultation. Please contact us for more information.

Alternatively, please contact our office directly by phone/text if you are trying to book multiple consultations at the same time or are seeking consultation further out than 12 weeks.

Please note – If none of the available times on our online scheduler work for you we do have other consultation times available. Please contact us directly for more information.

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Walt Orthodontics is pleased to offer interest-free payments up to 30 months. If you require payments over 30 months we are happy to offer the LendCare solution.


Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!