What’s the Difference Between These Clear Aligners?
ClearCorrect and Invisalign are both types of clear aligner orthodontic treatments that offer an alternative to traditional metal braces. While they serve the same purpose—to straighten teeth and improve oral health—there are some differences between them in terms of material, manufacturing process, availability, and cost.
Material: ClearCorrect aligners are made from a polyurethane resin that’s designed to be thin and transparent, aiming for comfort and near invisibility.
Treatment Process: Treatment with ClearCorrect involves wearing a series of custom-made aligners that are replaced periodically (typically every two weeks) to move teeth into the desired position. The aligners are manufactured in phases, which can allow for more flexibility in treatment planning.
Manufacturing: ClearCorrect aligners are made in the United States, and the company touts its product as being more affordable due to lower labor and manufacturing costs.
Availability: ClearCorrect is available in numerous countries, but it may not be as widely recognized or as readily available as Invisalign.
Cost: Typically, ClearCorrect treatments tend to be slightly less expensive than Invisalign, but costs can vary based on the complexity of the case and the region.
Material: Invisalign aligners are made from a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack, which is engineered specifically for the Invisalign treatment to provide a comfortable fit and easy application and removal.
Treatment Process: Align Technology invented the Invisalign process. All other manufacturers are essentially applying the same concept with minor variations. Therefore, the day-to-day workings of Invisalign versus ClearCorrect are very similar.
Manufacturing: Invisalign has a well-established manufacturing process with facilities in various locations, including Mexico and China. They have been at the forefront of innovation in clear aligner technology.
Availability: Invisalign has a broader international presence and is widely available through certified orthodontists and dentists across the globe.
Cost: Invisalign is often considered a premium product in the clear aligner market, and the cost reflects that status, generally being higher than that of ClearCorrect. Part of this cost also reflects the fact that Invisalign started the clear aligner industry, and therefore has the most experience in predicting the movement of the teeth when using its product. This can lead to better outcomes and less adjustments at the end of the orthodontic process.
Both treatments are discreet and can be removed for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene. The choice between ClearCorrect and Invisalign may be determined by the specific needs of each patient, the recommendation of the dentist, and the personal preference regarding cost, comfort, and the treatment plan details. It’s worth noting that the outcome of either treatment is not solely dependent on the product itself but also on the expertise of the dental professional administering the treatment and the patient’s compliance with wearing the aligners as directed. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, contact the Placerville Dental group to set up a consultation. We are here to help you decide on the best personalized treatment plan possible!