A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign

August 29, 2022

A Parent’s Guide to Braces and Invisalign

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

It’s a tricky question to answer because so much of it depends on each patient and their specific needs. At Griggs 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 we offer and their differences. Traditional metal or clear braces are the most commonly recognized and can be a great choice. There’s minimal involvement from the patient’s perspective except for avoiding foods that can damage brackets and wires, and brushing 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 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 our team feels that one would be a better option, we’ll let you know why and 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 You Receive Your Orthodontic Care Matters

Griggs Orthodontics specializes in creating happy and healthy smiles by providing expert care and a patient experience where you’ll feel right at home.

Dr. Henry Griggs and the team at Griggs Orthodontics are committed to providing the best orthodontic care available. Dr. Griggs is an orthodontic specialist passionate about providing top-level care rooted in patient comfort and individualized attention.

With three convenient locations in Athens, Huntsville/Monrovia, and Pulaski, we are ready to help you start smiling. Call today or click below to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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(256) 216-1717

102 S. Malone St., Suite B, Athens, AL 35611

(256) 489-3065

1047 Jeff Rd NW APT 3, Huntsville, AL 35806

(256) 216-1717

106 Ivy Ln, Pulaski, TN 38478

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