Invisalign vs. ClearCorrect
Invisalign vs. ClearCorrect
Many people want to enjoy the cosmetic and functional benefits of straighter, better aligned teet. However, they don’t want to go through the discomfort, inconvenience and cosmetic compromises required when choosing conventional metal braces. Fortunately, there are some newer and superior alternatives. Two of the most popular are Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
If you have come across either of these options before, you could be forgiven for thinking that they were one and the same. Both use the same concept of clear aligners to bring the teeth into a healthier and more attractive position. However, there are some distinct differences between them. Here is what you need to know about the key differences so that you can make an informed decision about which of these orthodontic solutions is right for you.
What are clear aligners and how do they work?
Orthodontic straightening treatment relies on consistent pressure being placed onto the teeth to gently force them into their new and improved position. In conventional orthodontics using braces, metal brackets, wires and elastics are used to apply this pressure.
Clear aligners have transformed orthodontic treatment. They too apply gentle, consistent force to the teeth in order to encourage them to change position. However, clear aligners do this without using the metalwork of braces. Instead, they use a series of plastic molds, that sit over the top of the teeth, to guide them into their new and improved position. This series of aligners is bespoke for each patient and created using advanced mapping technology which plans the way in which each patient’s teeth need to move to bring them into the perfect alignment. This journey is split into stages, with an aligner created for each stage. Patients then wear the aligners in order, for the recommended amount of time before moving onto the next in the series.
Advantages of choosing a clear aligner orthodontic solution
There are numerous advantages to choosing a solution like Invisalign or ClearCorrect over conventional braces. These include:
- Greater comfort. Since the aligners are made specifically for each patient, they are fairly comfortable despite the gentle pressure placed onto the teeth. There are also no sharp brackets or wires that can hurt the inside of your mouth.
- Removability. Unlike braces, the aligners are removable which makes them easier to clean and enables you to eat the foods that you would like to without worrying that they will get caught in or damage your braces.
- More convenient. Patients who choose clear aligners need to attend fewer appointments with their orthodontist.
- No concerns about the appearance of your teeth during your treatment. You can remain confident in your smile knowing that your aligners are virtually invisible.
Key differences between Invisalign and Clear Correct
So, what are the main differences between both of these solutions?
One of the main differences between the two is the timeline of the treatment that is offered. Invisalign doesn’t have a set timeline and you will be given as many aligners as is needed to bring your teeth into alignment. However, most patients can expect their treatment to last between 6 and 18 months, depending on the severity of their dental misalignment.
In contrast, ClearCorrect is available in sets of 6, 12 or an unlimited number of aligners. Your orthodontist will be able to advise you which is the most appropriate for you. However, if you have extensive misalignment problems, you will almost certainly need the unlimited option.
The aligners of ClearCorrect are significantly thinner than those use in Invisalign. Some patients find that this makes them more comfortable and less noticeable, but others have concerns about their sturdiness and find that they are more likely to crack or break.
Although any sort of clear aligner is going to be more comfortable than wearing metal braces, the type of plastic used in ClearCorrect and Invisalign is a little different. Invisalign aligners are now using their own, patented smart track material and many patients claim that this makes them more comfortable than the aligners used in ClearCorrect.
ClearCorrect is advertised as a ‘budget-friendly’ alternative to Invisalign. However, this only applies if you can make use of the shorter-term treatment programs, and many people think that the quality of the product itself isn’t as good as Invisalign. Invisalign is more expensive, but it has a much longer history of success, uses patented technology and is generally considered to be superior to the ClearCorrect treatment program.
If you would like to learn more about either of these solutions, our knowledgeable team would be happy to help. Please contact our offices today to speak to us and let us help you find the ideal solution for your smile.