There’s a new option in orthodontics. No longer do you need bulky, uncomfortable metal brackets filling your mouth in order to straighten your teeth. With new technology, you can now use clear aligners to straighten your teeth.
With these advanced options, you can have a beautiful, straight smile in half the time of traditional braces. Without wires. Without brackets. Even without anyone even knowing you’re wearing anything on your teeth.
Most people have heard of Invisalign. It was the first on the market in clear aligners. While Dr. Burba has used Invisalign for many years and is Invisalign certified, he now prefers ClearCorrect.
ClearCorrect Versus Invisalign
There are three key differences between the two brands that contributed to his switch:
- First: Cost. ClearCorrect is less costly than Invisalign. The laboratory fees are more competitive, and these savings can be passed on to you.
- Second: Thickness. ClearCorrect aligners are slightly thinner than Invisalign. This means added comfort for you. Invisalign was more comfortable than traditional braces. ClearCorrect is more comfortable than Invisalign.
- Third: Adjustable. ClearCorrect gives more control to the dentist to make changes during treatment. Our bodies are not completely predictable in how they respond to various treatments. Often, during orthodontic treatment, things don’t go exactly as planned and little adjustments need to be made to achieve the best result. For this reason, Dr. Burba feels that ClearCorrect gives a better end result.
How does ClearCorrect work?
First, Dr. Burba will use an optical scanner to take a detailed impression of your teeth in order to facilitate planning your tooth movements. These three-dimensional images are then programmed into a computer that will manufacture a set of aligners designed specifically for your teeth. When you receive your first set of aligners they will feel like they don’t fit. This is intentional. The aligners are gently moving your teeth into a new position. After about two weeks, they will fit naturally. It is then time for the next set of aligners. This continues until your teeth are beautifully straight. This new computerized method is much more accurate than other orthodontics. Because of that, ClearCorrect works in about six months to a year, which is often less than half the time of traditional braces.
ClearCorrect Versus Traditional Braces
- They are much more comfortable than traditional braces.
- Home care is much easier. Simply remove the aligners to brush and floss normally.
- You can eat anything you want without the fear of your food getting stuck. Remove them to eat, and put them back when you’re done. It’s that simple.
- They are much faster than traditional orthodontics. You’ll be completely done with them in six months to a year, as opposed to the two to three years traditional braces require.
- They are truly invisible. No one will know you are wearing them.
Disadvantages of ClearCorrect and Invisalign
ClearCorrect, just like Invisalign, is not for every case. There are some cases of mis-aligned teeth that really should be treated with conventional braces for the best result. Additionally, patient compliance is important. Because the aligners are removable, it is up to the patient when and how much to wear them. Some parents, worried that their children may lose aligners or forget to wear them, may be better off going with wire-and-bracket orthodontics.
If you would like to know if you’re a candidate for ClearCorrect, we’d be happy to have one of our doctors discuss that with you. Call us at (978) 744-7575, or visit our request an appointment page.