Want a straighter set of teeth? You’re in luck! Thanks to modern orthodontics, it’s easier than ever before to achieve the smile of your dreams with comfortable, discreet treatments. In fact, there are two incredibly popular options for clear braces: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. So how do you know which one is right for you? Read on to learn about the answer as well as some of the key differences between the two!
What Are Clear Braces?
You may be thinking, “Wait, there is an alternative to traditional braces?” Yes! Invisalign and ClearCorrect utilize clear plastic, removeable aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. These aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day and they are designed to gradually shift your teeth into their straight positions. By applying gentle pressure over time, clear braces can correct issues like crooked, gapped, or overcrowded teeth as well as mild bite problems.
The Key Differences
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are both clear braces that have almost the same process, which is why there are some key differentiating factors you can use to make your choice:
ClearCorrect is usually advertised as the cheaper option when it comes to clear braces. However, Invisalign now offers a variety of treatment options that have similar price points. While ClearCorrect is more affordable than the longest Invisalign plan, there are other solutions that have almost identical costs.
Invisalign is crafted with a patented material that took 8 years of research to develop. This SmartTrack clear plastic material is usually more comfortable AND easier for patients to take out/put back in. On the other hand, ClearCorrect is made of a thinner material, which actually enhances the trays transparency. However, the sleeker design may actually compromise the durability of the product, making them easier to break.
Invisalign was approved by the FDA way back in 1998—wow time flies! Since then, this treatment has helped millions of people get the beautifully straight smiles they’ve always wanted. However, it wasn’t until over a full decade later (2009) that the FDA approved ClearCorrect. So, based purely on predictability and experience, Invisalign wins every time. This is often the most significant factor for patients who are especially anxious or nervous about their treatment.
The bottom line is that they both offer amazing advantages over traditional braces. To get started on a healthy, straight set of teeth, contact your dentist to discuss these options and pick the solution that best meets your needs. Your beautiful smile awaits!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Barry Bartusiak has been providing high quality dentistry for his Washington patients ever since he opened his practice in 1989. He takes pride in offering the latest and greatest treatment options, which is why his patients can get Invisalign and ClearCorrect in addition to their regular dentistry. To schedule a consultation, Dr. Bartusiak can be reached through his website or by phone at (724) 225-3680.