Have a need to straighten your teeth, but leery of traditional metal braces? You’re not alone: More and more adults and teens are turning to products like Invisalign to straighten their teeth in a discrete way. But the popularity of clear aligners has lead to a flood of choices: Since Invisalign’s introduction in the 1990s, other brands--such as ClearCorrect-- have popped up, offering a similar treatment.
Which brand is best for you? In a series of articles, we’ll compare Invisalign vs ClearCorrect so you can make the best decision. It’s time to compare….
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 plastic aligner trays to slowly guide teeth to their new positions. Also like Invisalign, treatment with ClearCorrect is offered through an orthodontist.
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? And 2) What makes the most sense in terms of
things like cost?
Comparison: Which Way Should You Go?
Again, results with either Invisalign or ClearCorrect are comparable: Both do the job advertised in straightening your smile. So why do some patients in North Carolina and Southern Virginia prefer one over the other? (And why do we here at the Happy Tooth stick with Invisalign?)
Comparison #1: Aligner Thickness
The aligners that ClearCorrect provides are often thinner than those for Invisalign. Some patients prefer this, claiming that it makes the aligners less visible. That said, the thinner material also makes them less sturdy, so they are more apt to crack or break.
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. (winner: tie)
Comparison #2: Comfort in the Mouth
ClearCorrect uses the same plastic that Invisalign used to use over a decade ago. This material works well. However, Invisalign has moved on and is now using its own patented smart track material. Many of our patients in North Carolina and Southern Virginia report a that this material feels more comfortable in their mouth and that they notice the aligner trays much less over the course of their day. (winner: Invisalign)
Comparison #3: Cost
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
Comparison #4: 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. (winner: Invisalign)
Do You Really Want a Knock Off?
When patients come to us asking about Invisalign vs ClearCorrect, we share the above. But we also ask them: Do they want to invest in an orthodontic treatment from the experts? Or do they just want to get the “knock-off” brand?
Imitator brands might be OK for a pair of blue jeans or a day purse. But when it comes to your body, do you really want to pay less and just hope for the best?
When our own offices had to choose between the brands, we did not hesitate to choose Invisalign as our clear aligner system of choice. Since then, we have become an Elite Invisalign Provider, based on the number of successful Invisalign treatments we have done for the good people of North Carolina (and Southern Virginia).
In fact, you can come to any one of our local offices to ask questions, see what is involved in Invisalign treatment, and have our Invisalign orthodontists come up with a plan that will work for you!