The Case for Clear Braces: An Invisible Braces Comparison
The magic of braces has fixed everything from crossbites, underbites, crooked smile or just plain old snaggle teeth. Those brackets, wires and rubber bands all work together to slowly move teeth into the proper place, giving the client the beautiful smile they want.
While braces are incredibly beneficial, they aren’t necessarily the easiest procedure to endure. After all, it can take several years to get those teeth into shape. Not to mention the cost and constant visits to the orthodontist for checkups and wire tightening. They are, however, effective…but they aren’t the only tooth straightening solution.
Doing a web search for “invisible braces” will bring up not only adds but information about clear braces and the two biggest companies that provide them: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. But in the world of invisible braces, which is best?
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect provide similar products: clear braces. Both companies also function similarly, providing precisely measured, clear, plastic straighteners to slowly move teeth into the desired position. The differences are slight but may help clients choose which brand works better for them.
Invisalign started in the late 90’s, providing and alternative to traditional braces. Clients would go to a dentist or orthodontist to have their teeth scanned and the scans, with instructions, would be sent to Invisalign to have a series of plastic trays fabricated that fit snuggly to the teeth. These straighteners would slowly move teeth without the added notice of traditional braces.
Likewise, ClearCorrect also provides clear tray-straighteners that fit the teeth and enable straightening without notice. Teeth would be scanned, and scans sent out to have trays fabricated to fit the client’s teeth, just like Invisalign.
While both companies are similar they do have some slight differences. Invisalign is older than ClearCorrect, which started in the late 2000’s, giving Invisalign more experience.
ClearCorrect was started as a discounted form of invisible braces. To save on costs, the plastic they use for their trays is an older formula. The trays are somewhat thinner and can be prone to breakage. Invisalign trays are slightly more resilient, using a proprietary plastic blend for their straighteners.
Both provide similar results, but if the price is a factor, ClearCorrect does come out ahead as the cheaper alternative.
In the end, whichever invisible braces a client chooses will be based on needs vs cost. The results, however, will be the same; a gorgeous smile with perfectly straight teeth.