If you require orthodontic treatment to straighten out your smile, you will be pleased to know that you now have more options than ever before. In the past, patients who needed treatment to bring their teeth and jaw into better alignment had very little choice but to wear a conventional orthodontic brace. Comprised of metal and wire and permanently attached to the teeth, they did and still do require patients to make a variety of compromises in their day to day life for the duration of the time that they need to wear them. Fortunately, orthodontic treatments have continued to evolve and today, clear aligner solutions offer patients an effective and convenient alternative.
Nevertheless, with several different clear aligner solutions available, including two of the most popular – Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Here’s what you need to know about both to help you decide which is right for you.
Invisalign is one of the most well-known brands of clear aligner treatment – so much so that many people use the term Invisalign to refer to any clear aligner treatment, regardless of the brand they are actually using! Invisalign are clear, plastic aligners that are worn over the top of the teeth like any other solution of this type. However, Invisalign aligners are created from their patented SmartTrack material. This material is FDA-approved, BPS and BPS free and contains no gluten or latex. SmartTrack aligners are also known for offering superior comfort due to their more secure and molded fit.
Like all other clear aligner solutions, Invisalign works by applying consistent, gentle force onto the teeth to move them into a more desirable position. The aligners are supplied in a series, the length of which will vary based on your requirements. However, all aligners must be worn as directed, for a minimum of 22 hours per day and only removed for cleaning and eating. They must also be worn in order, and your dentist will monitor your treatment with semi-regular visits to check on the movement of your teeth. It is important to note that there are several different types of Invisalign treatment programs, enabling you and your orthodontist to select the variety that best suits your needs.
ClearCorrect is an alternative brand of clear aligners that works in exactly the same way as Invisalign. The aligners themselves are made from a plastic that has been specially formulated for ClearCorrect – a polyurethane resin that is BPA free. The aligners are somewhat thinner than those created in Invisalign. While this can potentially make them even less visible than Invisalign, there is some concern about the durability of ClearCorrect aligners since the thin material makes them more fragile and prone to damage. They also have sharper edges which could cause discomfort and even minor damage if they aren’t fitted properly.
Just like Invisalign, the aligners must be worn in order and for a minimum of 22 hours each day. If not, the corrective process can be halted and even begin to reverse. ClearCorrect is also available in a number of different treatment options which offers patients limited flexibility to tailor their orthodontic process to their needs.
Some people believe that ClearCorrect is less expensive because the base price for fixed aligners begins at a lower cost. These may be fine for patients who have very slight orthodontic imperfections and who require only a little treatment. However, for moderate to severe misalignment issues, the cost of ClearCorrect is comparable to Invisalign.
Every patient is different and has very unique dental needs. However, as a general rule, Invisalign clear aligners are still the preferred option by patients who need to undergo orthodontic treatment. This is for several reasons.
- Invisalign is a more established brand with a proven track record of results.
- Invisalign aligners use patented material which is the subject of years of development and is largely considered to be superior to the material used in other clear aligner solutions.
- There are more treatment options for Invisalign than there are ClearCorrect.
- Invisalign treatment is considered to be faster and more effective.
If you would like to discuss either of these treatments with our team, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your orthodontic requirements, please get in touch by calling our office.