Invisalign Vs. Clearcorrect

April 28, 2020

Clear aligners are now the preferred choice of many patients who seek to improve the function and appearance of their teeth. Clear aligners are worn over the top of teeth and are custom designed specifically to the shape, size, and position of the patient's teeth. Once in place, their transparent material makes them very difficult to spot since there are none of the brackets and wires associated with traditional braces that make eating and caring for teeth difficult. Even still, the aligners apply the same sort of consistent, gentle force to the teeth which guides them into a new and improved position. There is a different aligner for each stage of treatment that must be worn as directed – usually for 22 hours each day and in the correct order to ensure that the teeth move as necessary.

With various different clear aligner solutions now available, how do you know which to choose? Two of the most popular are Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Here's what you need to know about the differences between them to help you decide which is right for you.

 

Treatment Length

Both ClearCorrect and Invisalign work in the same way. However, ClearCorrect has a number of short-term treatment plans which many people think means that they can get their teeth straightened out more quickly. Sadly, this isn't the case since the 6-month and 12-month plans specified (one aligner per month) are typically only suitable for patients with minor alignment problems. If your teeth have not reached the desired position by the end of this period, you will need to extend your treatment plan. Invisalign has no set treatment time and no limit on the number of aligners you will be provided, although in most cases patients will wear their aligners on par or less than the time needed to straighten teeth using braces – usually around 18 months.

 

The aligners

Invisalign aligners are created from their very own patented material called SmartTrack. This was developed over 8 years of research and testing to ensure that they are comfortable, effective, easy to handle, and durable. In contrast, ClearCorrect aligners are much thinner and lighter which makes them more difficult to handle and more prone to breakages that could interrupt your treatment timeline.

 

Cost

ClearCorrect is often marketed as being a ‘cheaper' alternative to Invisalign. However, what this marketing doesn't make clear is that the lower-cost versions of ClearCorrect that they refer to are for the treatment plans where only a limited number of aligners are provided. This means that if you aren't able to complete your treatment in this time, you will need to extend the treatment plan which will incur considerable further costs. You may also be liable for the cost of replacing any aligners that have broken – something which is more likely with ClearCorrect owing to their thinner material.

When you choose Invisalign, the cost of your treatment refers to the entire treatment timeline and however many aligners are needed to complete the process will be included in this. Although you may still be liable to cover the cost of any breakages, these are virtually unheard of thanks to the durability of Invisalign aligners. You also get the benefits of using a treatment that has a long and proven track record of success and is considered to be superior to ClearCorrect and other clear aligner solutions.
 

For more information about Invisalign and how it can transform your smile, please don't hesitate to contact our offices.