If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you’re well-acquainted with metal braces. In high schools all across America, smiling teenagers had their pearly whites covered by unsightly wires. To add insult to injury, wearing them was extremely painful after every orthodontist visit to tighten them. As if that weren’t enough, it was also common for food to get stuck on them, making the experience even more vexing.
Fortunately, thanks to medical advances, you now have transparent options to straighten your teeth. They are invisible and effective, and they won’t put a damper on your physical appearance. But how do you know which one is best for you? What’s the difference between ClearCorrect and Invisalign?
What is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is transparent aligners made out of polyurethane. They can be used by teenagers and adults alike. Your dentist or orthodontist takes an impression of your teeth, then sends your records to the ClearCorrect laboratory so that customized aligners can be created to fit you perfectly.
Whereas with traditional braces, your orthodontist would tighten the brackets every couple of weeks as your teeth aligned, with ClearCorrect, you’ll get new dental impressions every three weeks or so, which are sent to the lab for updated aligners. Unlike braces, you can take off your aligners when eating, drinking, flossing, and brushing your teeth.
The length of treatment will vary depending on how misaligned your teeth are and how many aligners you’ll need until you have straight teeth. Since this changes from person to person, you’ll have three options: six, twelve, or unlimited aligners – with treatment costs varying between $2,500 and $5,500. Once your doctor examines your teeth, you’ll get a clear answer on how many variations you will need.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clear aligners made out of flexible plastic. It realigns teeth more comfortably than traditional braces, and it does so at a faster timeframe. Your dentist or orthodontist takes a digital scan of your teeth, then designs a treatment plan. Your digital impressions are then sent to the Invisalign lab for customized aligners, which are made according to your doctor’s treatment plan. You’ll get new aligners every three weeks or so.
Just as with ClearCorrect, you wear them around the clock, except when you’re eating, drinking, flossing, and brushing your teeth. In fact, for them to be effective, you should wear them for at least 22 hours a day. Sets designed for teenagers come with a blue compliance indicator to notify parents whether their kids are doing so.
Treatment costs vary depending on the patient. It typically ranges between $3,000 and $7,000. This covers all of the aligners you’ll get throughout your treatment plan.
Are they covered by dental insurance?
Both treatments are covered by insurance, up to a maximum. The maximum is based on your dental insurance. If you’re unsure how much your insurance costs, call your provider. The remaining amount — not covered by insurance — can usually be financed through your dentist’s office. For questions about financing, you should call your dentist’s office directly.
Which one is better?
Both aligners are similar in feel and results. Invisalign has been around in the market longer and is more expensive. ClearCorrect aligners are slightly thinner, although some patients may find Invisalign more comfortable. Another difference is that ClearCorrect is made in the United States, while Invisalign is made offshore. Both types of aligners are effective, and only your doctor will be able to tell you which treatment is right for you.
If You Need Help with Your Oral Health, Let’s Talk
At North River Dental, we have over 30 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. Whether you need to schedule regular dental cleanings or would like to learn about options to align your teeth, our skilled doctors will ensure you have the straightest, healthiest smile possible.