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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Hey there! 👋 Meet our Treatment Coordinators, Nessa, Amy, and Kristy!

As a Treatment Coordinator or TC, these ladies' role is to meet with each one of our new patients!

You can expect them to listen to your needs and desires and then relay them to Dr. Gutierrez.

They’ll gather notes from Dr. G as he determines the correct treatment plan. 📝 Then explain all the ortho terms to you in a way you can better understand!

Our Treatment Coordinators will put together estimated fees based on your unique treatment plan and go over them with you.

Before ending your appointment, you’ll have time to ask questions or express any additional concerns.

At that time you can go ahead and schedule 🗓 if you’re ready to do so!

All of our consultations are complimentary (free of charge!). We can’t wait to meet you!

To schedule a consultation, fill out the request form on our website, (🔗link in bio!). Feel free to also contact us via phone! 📞 281-392-0888.

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We recently hosted a Katy, Texas Trivia contest in our office. Jess & Jeysse had a blast going around town, taking photos of our beloved Katy town.

They captured this photo at Katy Heritage Park.

If you are curious about the answers to our Katy Trivia contest, here they are! ⬇️
🔹The MKT Train, “The Katy”, last operated in 1988
🔹There are 6 water towers in the City of Katy
🔹The Katy, Texas Buc-ee’s carwash is 255 ft long
🔹LaCenterra is 16 years old
🔹Katy ClearChoice Orthodontics was born in 1999
🔹The Katy American Little League baseball fields are at Katy Park
🔹The Katy Dog Park is located on Franz Rd
🔹Katy Mills Mall opened in 1999
🔹Katy City Hall is located on Avenue C
🔹Mary Jo Peckham Park covers 32 acres

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Making smiles happen is our goal and we know that comes by more than just straightening teeth. 💙 We hope when you visit KCC Orthodontics, you experience FUN and laughter. We hope you find that your appointments are streamlined and there is a sense of peace when you step into our office.

To schedule your next appointment, please call our office (281) 392-0888. We look forward to seeing you!

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Hello! My name is Dr. Jorge Gutierrez. I have the pleasure of being the primary doctor at KCC Orthodontics. It is an honor getting to serve Houston, Katy, and the surrounding communities!

I hope to bring smiles to the people of our community and be a light to their lives. It's about more than straightening teeth for me.

If we’ve met, thank you for your trust in us! If we haven’t, I hope that we get to meet soon. To request a free consultation, please message us or call us at (281) 392-0888 so our team can assist you in scheduling.

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-Dr. G

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Both of these treatments are designed specifically and uniquely for YOU!

Call us and let’s chat about how our digital scanner can benefit your orthodontic treatment! (281) 392-0888

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