How ClearCorrect and Invisalign Work
ClearCorrect and Invisalign are both orthodontic treatments that use clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth. The clear plastic aligners are nearly invisible and offer lots of benefits you won’t find with metal braces. Not only is the treatment discreet and unnoticeable, but the aligners are removable. Removable aligners allow you to brush, floss, and eat just like you would without braces.
The treatment consists of wearing clear plastic aligners 22 hours per day for two weeks at a time and then switching to the next set of aligners. Each set of aligners is slightly different to gradually move teeth into their ideal position. Within six months to two years, you will complete your treatment.
If you’re a good candidate for ClearCorrect or Invisalign, Dr. Luu will create your aligners by taking impressions and x-rays of your teeth. Using a computer, he will map out your treatment plan and send all the materials to the ClearCorrect or Invisalign dental lab. The lab then creates each set of your aligners for your treatment. Once you receive your aligners, put them in, and start your treatment!
We will require you to visit our office for a checkup about every six weeks to monitor your progress. Some patients may require additional aligners towards the end of their treatment to achieve their desired results.
The Difference Between ClearCorrect and Invisalign
So what’s the difference between ClearCorrect and Invisalign? Not much. ClearCorrect is an American company that uses a thinner type of plastic than Invisalign which some might argue as less durable. ClearCorrect might also cost less than Invisalign depending on your needs. Dr. Luu will help you decide which treatment is best for you and your needs during your consultation.
Benefits of Clear Braces
Clear braces offer several benefits you won’t find with other orthodontic treatments including the following.
Convenience – Having removable aligners is much more convenient than having brackets and wires attached to your teeth at all times. There’s no reason to give up your favorite foods or spend countless hours navigating a toothbrush and floss between wires and brackets. ClearCorrect and Invisalign make it easy to keep your teeth clean and eat your favorite foods for the duration of your treatment.
Comfort – Having smooth plastic rest against your lips, tongue, and cheeks is much more comfortable than having sharp brackets and wires. ClearCorrect and Invisalign are comfortable to wear and will never scratch up the tissue inside your mouth like metal braces. Since they move your teeth in smaller increments, your mouth will feel less sore when you switch to a new set of aligners. If you want to experience as little discomfort as possible to straighten your teeth, clear braces are the right route.
Appearance – One of the reasons teens and adults refuse to get orthodontic treatment is because the thought of wearing metal braces feels too embarrassing. With ClearCorrect and Invisalign, nobody has to know you have braces. The clear aligners are nearly invisible so you can remain confident in your smile during your entire treatment.
Who’s a Candidate for Clear Braces?
ClearCorrect and Invisalign can address several problems associated with mild or moderate cases. We recommend clear braces for patients who want to address the following problems.
- Gapped, crooked, or crowded teeth
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite
If your case is too severe, Dr. Saw will refer you to a local orthodontist to help straighten your smile.
Are you ready to feel confident in a straight smile without dealing with the hassles of traditional braces? Contact Elevated Smiles in Carlsbad, CA to find out if ClearCorrect or Invisalign is right for you. Please call (760) 622-3010 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Luu.