More patients are turning to clear alignment like Invisalign or ClearCorrect over conventional braces to straighten their teeth, anyhow the popularity of clear aligners has lead to a flood of choices. Since Invisalign was introduced in the 1990s, other brands–such as ClearCorrect– have started offering a similar treatment.
Which brand is best for you? Here is the comparison between Invisalign vs ClearCorrect so the our patient in Brookline, Newton and Boston, MA can make the best decision.
Invisalign vs ClearCorrect
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a method for straightening teeth, usually as an alternative to metal braces. The Invisalign process corrects teeth alignment issues using clear plastic straighteners that shift teeth slowly into the correct position.
Having treated hundreds of patients in North Carolina and Southern Virginia, we’ve found that patients really like and prefer Invisalign for three main reasons:
- The aligners are clear and fit your teeth, making them much less noticeable
- The aligners are removable, which makes them easier to clean and easier to leave out for important events, such as job interviews or dates
- No metal means less irritation of gums, lips, and tongue, so they are more comfortable
What is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is an Invisalign alternative. Like Invisalign, it uses a set of clear aligners to slowly move teeth to their ideal positions. Just like Invisalign, treatment with ClearCorrect is offered by professional dental team.
In North Carolina, you usually do not find orthodontists using both Invisalign and ClearCorrect. The reason is that, at the end of the day, the results are largely the same. Thus, an orthodontist’s choice of offering Invisalign or offering ClearCorrect usually comes down to
1) What do their other patients tend to prefer?
2) What makes the most sense in terms of things like cost?
Comparison: Which is better?
Again, results with either Invisalign or ClearCorrect are comparable: Both do the job done in straightening your smile. So why do some clear alignment patients in Brookline and Boston, MA prefer one over the other?
Company Experience and Expertise
Invisalign has been around since at least 1997. ClearCorrect came about a whole decade later. This means that the Invisalign Company has had a whole decade to perfect their product, research improvements, and build a database of successful case studies. They have also developed a number of tools to help their patients stick with and successfully complete their treatment.
ClearCorrect is explicitly designed to be a “value” alternative to Invisalign. They charge orthodontists less, and sometimes the orthodontist will pass those savings on to their patients. If you can find a good North Carolina orthodontist (or an orthodontist near you) that does this, you might save some money going with ClearCorrect– but do your price shopping! (winner: ClearCorrect)
But what a lot of people don’t know is that many insurance carriers will cover a significant portion of the cost of an orthodontic treatment, particularly if it is deemed “medically necessary.” If this is the case for you, the cost might not be as big a factor
The aligners that ClearCorrect provides are often thinner than those for Invisalign. Some patients prefer this, claiming that it makes the aligners less visible. On the other hand, the thinner material could makes them less sturdy, so they are more prone to crack or break, anyhow we seldom see the aligner crack on both aligners.
If you lead an active lifestyle or have a tendency to touch or play with your aligners, Invisalign might be the better way to go. If you are truly worried about how visible your trays are and you have a small mouth, you might consider ClearCorrect.
Comfort in the Mouth
ClearCorrect uses the same plastic that Invisalign used previously. This material works well. However, Invisalign has moved on and is now using its own patented smart track material. Many of our patients in Brookline and Boston, MA report that this material feels more comfortable in their mouth and that they notice the aligner trays much less over the course of their day.