Many of us weren’t destined to naturally develop the perfectly straight teeth that we have always dreamed of. Fortunately, thanks to modern dental technology, there are numerous different teeth straightening options out there to help you get the smile that you desire, but which method should you pick: ClearCorrect or Invisalign? They are similar but not quite the exact same. Read on to learn the difference between the two.
How Do Clear Braces Work?
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are forms of clear braces that can straighten your teeth without the use of metal brackets and wires. Instead, they use a series of clear, plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth to their new locations. For both types of clear aligners, you will need to wear the trays for about 22 hours each day and switch them out for a new set every couple of weeks. This amount of time will be determined by your dentist. The trays can be removed so you have the ability to eat, drink, brush, and floss without any difficulty.
Who Can Get Clear Aligners?
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are great options for people who are dealing with the following alignment issues:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
If you have a more severe orthodontic issue, you might require traditional orthodontic treatment to correct it. During your initial consultation, your dentist will determine whether or not clear aligners are right for you.
What’s the Difference Between ClearCorrect and Invisalign?
The two treatments are very similar, but there are a few key differences:
- Cost: A lot of the time, ClearCorrect advertises itself as being a more affordable option, but this depends on how extensive and long of a treatment you require. Generally, both options are similar in overall cost.
- Material: Invisalign is made out of a material called SmartTrack. This was developed over 8 years of research. ClearCorrect is made out of a thinner material. This means that it is more transparent but may be less durable. Both are comfortable and easy to put in and take out.
- Experience: Invisalign was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998. ClearCorrect received approval in 2009.
Both teeth straightening options are great for treating alignment issues. By discussing each one with your dentist, you can decide which is best for your needs. You’ll be showing off a straighter smile in no time!
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth is an experienced dentist who has been practicing in Texas City for over 40 years! He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. Currently, he is an Associate of the Texas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and a founding doctor of ClearCorrect. He is also a member of the American Orthodontic Society. For more information on orthodontics or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (409) 935-2111.