Do you need orthodontic treatment but don’t want traditional metal braces? Invisalign and ClearCorrect are modern alternatives to traditional braces that use clear aligners to straighten teeth. These clear aligners are a part of the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer in Cedar Park, TX. While these aligners are similar, there are some key differences between the two that patients should consider before they begin their orthodontic treatment.
Clear Braces and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cedar Park, TX
We welcome patients to explore the differences and similarities between Invisalign and ClearCorrect to learn more about which treatment may benefit them.
ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign
The differences between ClearCorrect and Invisalign include:
- Different Aligners: Because ClearCorrect uses thinner aligners, they are less noticeable than Invisalign. However, Invisalign aligners are less likely to break, although they are more visible.
- Varying Materials: ClearCorrect materials are made of plastic, similar to Invisalign materials of the past. Invisalign uses SmartTrack® aligners, a medical-grade thermoplastic that provides durability.
- Treatment Time: Invisalign can offer quicker treatment than ClearCorrect by one or more months. However, treatment time varies from patient to patient.
- Technology: Invisalign offers more in-depth technology and tracking during treatment, which ClearCorrect does not have.
Similarities Between ClearCorrect and Invisalign
Both ClearCorrect and Invisalign are discreet because they use clear materials. Their clear aligners are also easily removable, so patients can brush their teeth and clean their aligners. Removable aligners also allow patients to eat without their oral appliances in the way. Traditional metal braces can get food stuck in the wires and often have restrictions against chewy, crunchy, or sticky foods. There are no dietary restrictions with ClearCorrect or Invisalign because they are removable.
ClearCorrect and Invisalign also benefit patients with common orthodontic issues, such as a crossbite, overbite, or underbite. Patients with mild or moderate orthodontic problems benefit from wearing clear aligners.
Additionally, patients who wear ClearCorrect or Invisalign must wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily. We recommend this length of time to help ensure that patients are on the right track to complete their treatment on time. Ultimately, we work with patients to help them decide if they would benefit more from ClearCorrect or Invisalign treatment. If you need orthodontic care but don’t want metal braces, we can determine if you are a candidate in the office.
Have you been thinking about treatment with clear braces? Call Vista Ridge Family Dentistry for cosmetic orthodontic treatment today at 512-866-9654. You can also request an orthodontic consultation with us on our website. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about either ClearCorrect or Invisalign. We’re here to help.