Clear Aligners: Invisalign & ClearCorrect

For a long time, the only option available for straightening teeth was to do so conspicuously with a mouth full of metal. Now, there is another option available with clear aligners. These are custom-made shells that worn over the teeth. They apply pressure in strategic areas, gradually moving the teeth to their new position. Because of the materials that they are made of, the aligners are clear and therefore almost undetectable. Also, unlike metal or ceramic braces, they are removable, allowing the patient to take them out to eat and clean their teeth easily.

For both the Invisalign and ClearCorrect procedures, impressions will be taken of the patient’s teeth and a treatment plan created. The aligners will be created according to these impressions, each one slightly different as they gradually move the teeth to their new position according to the treatment plan. The patient must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day for the treatment to work – otherwise, the bone supporting the teeth will not get reshaped and the teeth will not stay in their new position. Treatment times for both ClearCorrect and Invisalign near you are approximately the same.

Although they work in basically the same way, there are a couple of differences between the two aligners. Most notably, Invisalign treatment in Phoenix is a more expensive treatment, with cases in general costing more and an extra charge for the retainer as well as any extra steps at the end of the treatment. Another difference is that the material used for the ClearCorrect aligners (made in the US) is thinner than Invisalign. Dentists near you can make their recommendation on which treatment is most suitable for each patient based on his or her individual needs and goals.