Clear Aligners vs. Metal Braces


The great debate: Clear Aligners vs. Metal Braces. Have you considered orthodontic treatment but aren’t sure which option is best for you? Well, you’re not the only one! First of all, what is the difference in clear aligners and metal braces?

Metal braces – require brackets and archwires.  Used to correct bite and straighten teeth.

Clear aligners – clear plastic trays that guide teeth through a series of movements. Used for bite correction and to straighten teeth.  In our office, we use Invisalign clear aligners.

The following comparisons will help you decide on an orthodontic treatment option.


Invis: On average, clear aligner treatments have a shorter appointment time. These range from 15-30 minutes. There are also fewer appointments necessary to complete treatment.

Metal braces: Your first and last appointments could be 45-90 minutes long. Additionally, there could be appointments during treatment that need more than 30 minutes. These often also have limited schedule availability.


Invis: Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible. Every treatment is customized to your unique treatment needs. Each aligner is contoured to the shape of your teeth, which makes them fit comfortably in your mouth.

Metal braces: With traditional braces, your mouth will need time to get used to the brackets. This can sometimes cause mouth sores. Orthodontic wax is used to help ease any discomfort.  No crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods are allowed with metal braces. Additionally, staining of the teeth can occur if your oral health is not properly cared for.


Invis:  You can be confident your lifestyle doesn’t have to change! Want to eat peanuts at the ballgame or sour patch kids at the movies? No problem! Clear aligners are removable. So, there aren’t any restrictions on your eating habits. You will need to remove them during eating and when drinking any liquid that isn’t water.  Additionally, you must be diligent in wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day!

Metal braces: Put your mind at ease, knowing your orthodontic treatment is moving forward. We use orthodontic glue to secure the brackets onto your teeth.


On average, Invisalign has a higher investment than metal brackets. You may use dental insurance with orthodontic coverage toward either investment. Additionally, at KCC Orthodontics, we strive to make pricing comparable. We also offer 0% financing to all patients for either treatment option.

The best way to decide what orthodontic treatment option is best for you is to visit us for a free consultation. Dr. Gutierrez will let you know his recommendation on treatment and you can decide from there. Please fill out the request form or call us at (281) 392-0888 to schedule. Our team looks forward to meeting you!

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POV: Amy loves her job!! 💙 We know working in the mouth isn’t for everyone.

Here at KCC Orthodontics, we are specific in choosing our clinical team and hiring team members who
🔹 are skilled in Clinical Assisting
🔹 LOVE what they do

Amy has been working on our Katy, TX orthodontic clinical team for 12 years! ✨🤩

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Morning routine: Ortho Style 🦷

Come Along with Jeysse, one of our clinical assistants, as she gets our orthodontic office ready for today’s patients.😁

#katytx #kccorthodontics #invisalign #braces

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At KCC Orthodontics, we offer complimentary consultations to all new patients. 😃

At that initial visit, you can expect to meet with one of our Treatment Coordinators, like Nessa (pictured).

Our doctor, Dr. Gutierrez (aka Dr. G) will evaluate you and determine your unique and individualized treatment plan.

You will have time to ask questions, find out estimated investment cost, and learn more about your specific treatment needs. 🫡💙

Often, we are able to get you started on your treatment the same day, also - if desired! ✨

To request a free consultation, please fill out the form on our website, 🔗

📞 You May also call us at (281) 392-0888 to schedule directly. Our hours of operation are:

Monday | 9-5
Tuesday | 9-5
Wednesday | 7:30/9-5
Thursday | 7:30/9-5
Friday | 9-2

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to message us right here on the app also!

We look forward to meeting you! 🤝

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Katy Market Day is this weekend! Saturday, May 20th.

This FREE event will be held outdoors and is open to the public. Join other members of the Katy community in supporting local industries in arts, crafts and cottages.

There will be food trucks available and live entertainment. This is a great event for families, friends, or coworkers!

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\#supportlocalkaty #katymarketday

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It is Nessa’s B I R T H D A Y !! 🎈 🎂

Nessa has been working with Dr. G since 1986. She is one of our treatment coordinators and manages our team. A fun fact about Nessa is that in high school, she raced motocross, played volleyball, basketball, and softball, pole vaulted for the track team and was a cheerleader! 😳🤩 GO NESSA!

Please join us in celebrating Nessa today!! We love you, Nessa!

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas! We love you!

Those expecting, those grieving, those rejoicing, those empty nesters, those in the thick of it, those standing in the gap — today celebrates you! ♥

May you experience the joy of the Lord today as we celebrate you, mom!

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This Katy ClearChoice Ortho team loves learning and growing together! 💙❤️‍🩹 We intentionally set time for

🔹team building
🔹personal development

so that we can serve you better!

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With the storm ☔️🌩 last night we haven’t had power this morning and we are still managing to see most of our patients!! 😎 Makin’ it happen!

How are you doing in this storm? Do you have power?!

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We have a new check-in iPad! 🌟 We’re excited about this new feature because it will help streamline our front desk flow.

If we are helping other patients, the iPad is going to help get you checked in for your appointment sooner. 💯

❣️ If it is your first time in our office, please don’t feel obligated to use the iPad to check-in. Our front desk team wants to meet you too!

Comment on this post, have you checked in with the iPad yet?

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All the students and teachers in state testing and finals have our schedule a bit slow, so here we are… Making videos to entertain you guys when y’all are done! 😋😂😂
#fyp #braces #kccortho

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“Quick, let’s take a pic for social media!” .. hey KCC fam! We are ready to rock and roll this week. Share with us in the comments what you’re most lookin' forward to in your week ahead! ...

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Audrey, thank you for sharing your testimony! We appreciate 😊 ...

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