Parents Guide To Braces Vs. Invisalign

Learn which treatment type is best for your teen or child.

May 25, 2022

One of the questions we get asked the most from parents and patients is: “which is better: Braces or Invisalign?”

It’s a hard question to answer because so much depends on each patient and their specific needs. That’s why at Nantz Orthodontics we prioritize spending time with you and listening to your needs and goals. That’s what helps us land on the best possible treatment plan for each unique patient who comes to see us.

Let’s talk about some of the different treatment options that we offer and the differences between them. Traditional metal or clear braces are the most commonly recognized and can be a great choice. With all braces systems there’s minimal involvement from the patient’s perspective except for avoiding foods that can damage brackets and wires, and brushing really well is a top priority. Braces are also great for patients who may lack the discipline to wear aligners for 22 hours a day. And that’s okay! You’ll come to us every 6-8 weeks for adjustments and you’ll be on your way to a straighter smile in no time.

On the other hand, clear aligners like Invisalign are an excellent alternative for patients that are good at keeping to a schedule and would find it more convenient to have a smaller list of foods to avoid. They are also a great choice if you know brushing is already an issue - a task that becomes more challenging with braces because it’s hard to reach those nooks and crannies when the brackets and wires are in place.

If Dr. Nantz feels that one would be a better option for any reason, we’ll let you know why and we’ll talk through everything in detail together. In most cases both treatment options are efficient and effective at giving your child their ideal smile, and making parents smile along the way. 

 

Where Your Teen Receives Health Care Is A Very Important Decision.

 

Dr. Nantz received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his General Practice Residency at the University of Texas, Houston, before earning his Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before entering his orthodontic residency, he practiced general dentistry for three years.

 

Because orthodontics and the ways to move teeth are changing every year with new techniques, Dr. Nantz participates in the Invisalign® study club, the American Association of Orthodontists annual meeting, and many other continuing education courses. He is also involved with the Texas Dental Association and the Capital Area Dental Society.

 

He has a commitment to regular continuing education and has years of experience providing high quality orthodontic treatment to his patients.



Call us at (512) 445-3355 or click below to schedule a complimentary consultation.  

 

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