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A Closer Look at Clear Aligners

A Closer Look at Clear Aligners
As a practicing orthodontist for the last 10 years, I often get asked about clear aligners.
  • Can it really straighten the teeth?
  • How much does it cost?
  • What are my options?
If you’re asking the same questions, then I’m sure you’ll find this post helpful. Today, the most sought after clear aligners are Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. Unlike traditional dental braces which are made up of wires, brackets and elastic bands, clear aligners straighten the teeth by means of clear (invisible) tooth aligners made of a special plastic material. If you need orthodontic treatment but do not want wires and brackets in your mouth, this may be a good alternative. But which clear aligner system is right for you – Invisalign or ClearCorrect?   What is Invisalign? Invisalign is the most popular choice for people who prefer clear braces and it has treated over 3 million patients since it was introduced in 1998. It’s made of a set of transparent shells that fit tightly over your teeth. These aligners are removable and created using 3D imaging technology, to ensure that the system accurately addresses your needs. The aligners need to be replaced every 2 weeks to gradually move your teeth toward their ideal position. It’s an excellent option for patients who want to straighten their teeth without the obtrusiveness of conventional braces. Invisalign can be used to correct various issues like crossbite, overbite, and underbite. So if you have overlapping or protruding teeth, or a misalignment of the lower and top jaws, you may benefit from Invisalign treatment. The duration of treatment depends on the circumstances of each patient. I will provide an estimate during your initial appointment.   What is ClearCorrect?
  • ClearCorrect is a newer clear brace system first introduced in the United States in 2006.
  • ClearCorrect aligners are made from a plastic called Zendura, a very durable material designed to remain resistant even when put under a lot of stress/pressure.
You’ll receive new aligners every 2 weeks and need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day.   Which One is Right For Me? As with many dental treatments, some patients may not be suitable candidates for Invisalign nor ClearCorrect. I would advise you to first speak with your orthodontist about this matter. Your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth and recommend the best orthodontic treatment for you.