Orthodontics have certainly expanded their options for correcting spaced or crooked teeth. No longer do people have to settle for the lengthy process of metal braces. Instead, they can opt for corrective braces that are virtually invisible and are only required for a much shorter time. However, as these alternatives to metal braces become more popular, there are even more options to choose from. Here, we will examine two of the more sought-after treatments: Invisalign and Clear Correct Braces.
Invisalign is a gradual straightening system in which a patient is fitted for virtually invisible aligners. The aligners are worn for 22 hours per day and are only removed for eating or if drinking non-clear liquids. Typically, each set of aligners is worn for about one week before switching out for a new set that gently moves the teeth into proper placement. Usually, patients wear Invisalign for six months to one year, depending on the severity of their condition.
Clear Correct is very similar to Invisalign. It also consists of a series of aligners that must be worn for 22 hours per day. Just like Invisalign, Clear Correct must be worn for a period of time that is based on the needs of the patient.
Individuals who benefit the most from these treatment plans are those that have one of the following conditions:
Understanding which option is right for you will come down to many variables that your dentist will be able to identify and discuss during an initial consultation.
While these options are certainly similar, there are a few key differences that patients should keep in mind.
While the aligners are similar in appearance, they are different. Clear Correct uses a slightly thinner material for their aligners, which makes it appear a little more transparent. However, because the material is thinner, it is not durable as Invisalign aligners and maybe more suspectable to breaking.
While both options are designed to be as comfortable fit as possible, there are slight differences between the two. For instance, the material used by Clear Correct is the same type of plastic that Invisalign used about ten years ago. However, Invisalign has spent time and resources to determine the best material and have since transitioned to SmartTrack®. This material is not only designed to be easily taken on and off, but it is also intended to speed up the process, so patients don’t have to wear the aligners for as long of a time.
At first glance, the cost of the two options may seem startling. Clear Correct typically costs about $2,000 while Invisalign averages about $5,000. However, before you pull out the pocketbook, you should understand that heavily advertised $2,000 Clear Correct treatment consists of one of the more basic options of only six aligners. This would be ideal for individuals with fewer issues with their teeth. However, for people who have more extensive problems, the price would actually end up being more on par with the average price of Invisalign.
Invisalign and Clear Correct are two of the more popular options when it comes to metal-free braces. Both options offer their own set of benefits that may be better suited for certainly patients and their needs. Please contact our office so that our highly skilled staff can help answer some of your questions. Reach out to Sharma Dental Center in Dublin, CA today to schedule your consultation so you can get the smile that you’ve always wanted (925) 267-7866!