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ClearCorrect vs Invisalign

Which Should I Choose? What’s the Difference?

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September 4, 2021

Invisalign vs ClearCorrectWhich Clear Aligner Brand Should I Choose?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that has seen so much positive change and development over the past few years. The number of adults wanting to opt for orthodontic treatment has significantly increased as many are realizing that a healthy smile plays a tremendous impact towards an individual’s oral and general health. There are now tons of clear aligner brands dominating the market out there and choosing a dental practice that offers a plethora of aligner brands can be a pretty mind-boggling task for some. We want to make this process as straightforward as possible for you, so that you weigh out all aspects before making an informed decision about your dental care.

In this article, we compare two popular clear aligner companies: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. They are two of the most renown in-office clear aligner companies that boast a strong track record of results. Both sets of aligners aim to straighten misaligned teeth and correct jaw discrepancies, however, the process to getting to an ideal end result (i.e., straight teeth and aligned jaws) varies slightly.

This comprehensive guide gives you a general overview of both smile design systems, differences between them, rough costs, and our recommendations on which you should go for. Read on more to find out!

ClearCorrect vs Invisalign

Invisalign Overview

Invisalign has taken the world of orthodontics by storm, and it is one of the most sought-after companies that many dental practices in Singapore work with to transform their patients’ smiles. Walk into a dental practice and almost eight out of ten times you will be greeted with an Invisalign banner, or an array of brochures displayed at the front desk.

All clear aligner sets from Invisalign are manufactured by Align Technology. They are made of a material called SmartTrack, a BPA and BPS-free plastic material which helps you straighten your teeth into the ideal position with less dental pressure and reduced discomfort. SmartTrack exerts a gentle force to move your teeth, and the same force is constant throughout the two-week period before advancing to your next set.

Evidence shows that SmartTrack reduces the amount of pressure and pain experienced by patients during their course of treatment and especially upon insertion and removal of their aligners.

Invisalign treats a broad range of mild to severe tooth and bite problems, mainly tooth crowding, crooked teeth, overbites, and spacing between teeth. These cases are treated by a registered Invisalign provider, which can either be a dentist or orthodontist. Invisalign rates practices and dentists based on the number of cases they take on per year. The more cases they complete, higher their ranking.

During your first consultation appointment, your dentist will conduct a full dental examination and orthodontic assessment to understand how your teeth come together. They will use all this information to present their recommendations and all the possible treatment options available to you.

Here are some Invisalign treatment options that patients can opt for based on their needs and preferences:

Invisalign Full: Treatment with Invisalign Full is a comprehensive package that focuses on treating the entire mouth. It includes unlimited sets of aligners depending on the severity of your malocclusion. This package is suitable for patients with mild to severe malocclusions and treatment typically takes 12-24 months.

Invisalign Lite: Patients that opt for Invisalign Lite to correct mild malocclusions in a span of around six to eight months. The cost of Invisalign Lite is significantly cheaper than Invisalign Full as treatment is limited to 10-14 aligner trays.

Invisalign Express 5, Invisalign i7, Invisalign express 10: These are more affordable treatment options suited for very minor crowding or spacing issues (e.g. treating relapse cases from past orthodontic treatment, or if you are wanting to correct one or two crooked teeth). Invisalign Express 5 offers up to five aligners, i7 offers seven and Express 10 offers up to ten sets.

Invisalign Teen: It is a special orthodontic package designed specifically for teenagers. Gone are the metal ‘brace-face’ days, teens can now wear their clear aligners with much more confidence than before.

For more information about Invisalign aligners you can read our other articles here:
1. Invisalign vs Braces: Which is better?

  1. 10 Things You should Know Before Starting Invisalign
  2. Living with Invisalign
  3. Invisalign for Teens
  4. Does Invisalign Hurt?
Comfort with ClearCorrect Clear Aligners

ClearCorrect Overview

ClearCorrect is a company founded in 2006 that manufactures clear aligners. They are relatively new to the Singapore orthodontic market but very popular and widely available in the USA.

ClearCorrect aligners are made of a type of plastic called polyurethane resin, which possess thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. This means that they become soft when heated and hard when cooled back down and regains its original shape when removed from the mouth. ClearCorrect works the same way as Invisalign does, the aligners exert gentle constant pressure onto your teeth, and the force sends signals to your bone enabling tooth movement into its required position in the jaw. Patients are expected to have them on for at least 20-22 hours a day, and compliance is key in ensuring treatment success.

One outstanding feature about ClearCorrect is its sleek design of its aligners. It boasts an unscalloped, smooth trim line extending past the gums of your teeth. Evidence shows that this design feature significantly increases the retentiveness of the aligner, reducing the need for the placement of composite attachments on your teeth.

ClearCorrect has three main treatment options:

ClearCorrect Unlimited: This package allows the dentist and the patient to work with as many clear aligners needed to fix any misaligned teeth or jaw malocclusions. It is the most expensive out of all the packages, but it covers all aligner replacements, retainer and revision costs.

ClearCorrect Flex: Flex is suitable for patients for mild malocclusions (e.g. orthodontic relapse cases and simple tooth misalignments where not a lot of movement is needed). You can request for however many aligners or retainers you need and pay according to the number of aligners.

ClearCorrect ONE: ONE is a package that gives you 24 sets of aligners over a period of a year. It also provides you with a set of retainers and revision all-inclusive in the cost. It is suited for moderate orthodontic malocclusions such as the correction of overbite, overjets or crossbites, and severe crowding and spacing issues.

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners

Similarities and Differences between Invisalign and ClearCorrect

Still struggling to choose which company best suits your needs? We got you covered! Here is a simple table comparing both treatment options:

Invisalign ClearCorrect
Wearability The two main features of clear aligners are their invisibility and removability. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect manufacture high-quality aligners that enable patients to remove and insert them with much ease. Both companies strongly advise their patients to have them on for at least 20-22 hours a day.
Duration

Duration of treatment varies, and depends on the following factors:

1.    Patient compliance,

2.    Type of tooth movement,

3.    Tooth shape,

4.    Severity of malocclusion,

5.    Availability of space in your dental arch.

Most cases take around 12 to 18 months to complete.

Dental visits

Your dentist will schedule regular appointments to make sure everything is going as planned.

You will be called back every four to six weeks for a review appointment.

Patients wear each aligner set for about two to three weeks before they advance to their next set. Review appointments with ClearCorrect are determined by your dentist, and they are usually between six to eight weeks from the last progress check.
Comfort level

Invisalign is made of a flexible thermoplastic material called SmartTrack, which was developed after eight years of Research and Development.

Patients feel that this material is relatively more comfortable and gentler in the mouth as compared to ClearCorrect.

ClearCorrect is made of a thinner plastic material, which is also one of the most comfortable in the industry.

Some patients find the bits of plastic around the trim line a little uncomfortable as it can dig into their gums and cause irritation, but don’t worry! Your dentist will be able to trim these edges for you so that they’ll fit like a glove.

Does it hurt? Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect patients may feel some tenderness and sensitivity the first few days of wearing their aligner. This will subside within 2-3 days. The aligners may also affect speech, but most patients adapt to it very quickly and return to normal. Read more here: Does Invisalign Hurt?
Appearance Invisalign’s SmartTrack material is thicker as compared to ClearCorrect’s polyurethane resin. This makes ClearCorrect’s aligners slightly less noticeable than Invisalign’s.
History Align Technology has a 96% customer satisfaction rate and a large research base. It has an excellent track record of success since its humble beginnings in 1997. More research and development have gone into their aligners, which give it an edge and advantage when it comes to expertise. ClearCorrect was founded in 2006 and continues to carry out extensive research and development in Texas, America. Invisalign has an edge over ClearCorrect in terms of the research and development aspect.
Cost The cost of Invisalign at NoFrills Dental ranges from $1,888 to $6,500, depending on how much work is needed to fix your teeth and jaws. For more information about Invisalign costs, visit our other article here.

ClearCorrect takes pride in having very competitive prices in the market. Their lab fees are significantly lower than other aligner brands, and all refinements, revisions and replacements are mostly included in the final treatment costs. It is 10-20% cheaper than Invisalign!

The cost of ClearCorrect at NoFrills Dental ranges from $1,500-$6,000 depending on the complexity of the case.

 

Perfectly straight teeth in Singpaore

So… ClearCorrect or Invisalign?

We understand that choosing both aligner brands can be a very tough decision to make as they are so similar. It’s a bit like choosing between Coke or Pepsi… or Dominos and Pizza Hut… or a Honda vs a Toyota. Both brands provide very similar services, products, and end results. Regardless of which aligner company you choose, rest assured that you will have a personalized treatment plan suited for your needs.

If you don’t mind paying a little bit more for aligners that are guaranteed top in the market, an extensive research base and a reputation unlike any other, go for Invisalign.

If you are on tighter a budget but still want to receive quality dental care, why not give ClearCorrect a go! It is by far the closest competitor to Invisalign.

Invisalign clear aligners in box

Conclusion

There are a plethora of clear aligner companies on the market but Invisalign and ClearCorrect are two of the most competitive brands with the highest patient satisfaction rate. We recommend speaking to your dentist to find out which of the two are the best suited for your case and budget. We can assure you that both brands have an excellent track record of success, you will be in good hands regardless of the choice you make. All the best on your clear aligner journey!

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References

  1. 3 Things You Need to Know about Invisalign SmartTrack – MiSmile US Network [Internet]. MiSmile US Network. [cited 23 August 2021].
  2. Bräscher A, Zuran D, Feldmann R, Benrath J. Patient survey on Invisalign® treatment comparen the SmartTrack® material to the previous aligner material. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics / Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie. 2016;77(6):432-438.
  3. Clear Correct vs. Invisalign – Which is the Better Option? | 209 NYC Dental [Internet]. 209 NYC Dental. 2018 [cited 24 August 2021].
  4. FAQ – ClearCorrect Support [Internet]. ClearCorrect Help Center. [cited 24 August 2021].
  5. ClearCorrect | Clear. Simple. Friendly. [Internet]. Straumann.com. [cited 24 August 2021].
  6. Frequently Asked Questions | Invisalign [Internet]. Invisalign.com. [cited 25 August 2021].
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Invisalign vs ClearCorrect – Which Clear Aligner Brand Should I Choose?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that has seen so much positive change and development over the past few years. The number of adults wanting to opt for orthodontic treatment has significantly increased as many are realizing that a healthy smile plays a tremendous impact towards an individual’s oral and general health. There are now tons of clear aligner brands dominating the market out there and choosing a dental practice that offers a plethora of aligner brands can be a pretty mind-boggling task for some. We want to make this process as straightforward as possible for you, so that you weigh out all aspects before making an informed decision about your dental care.

In this article, we compare two popular clear aligner companies: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. They are two of the most renown in-office clear aligner companies that boast a strong track record of results. Both sets of aligners aim to straighten misaligned teeth and correct jaw discrepancies, however, the process to getting to an ideal end result (i.e., straight teeth and aligned jaws) varies slightly.

This comprehensive guide gives you a general overview of both smile design systems, differences between them, rough costs, and our recommendations on which you should go for. Read on more to find out!

ClearCorrect vs Invisalign

Invisalign Overview

Invisalign has taken the world of orthodontics by storm, and it is one of the most sought-after companies that many dental practices in Singapore work with to transform their patients’ smiles. Walk into a dental practice and almost eight out of ten times you will be greeted with an Invisalign banner, or an array of brochures displayed at the front desk.

All clear aligner sets from Invisalign are manufactured by Align Technology. They are made of a material called SmartTrack, a BPA and BPS-free plastic material which helps you straighten your teeth into the ideal position with less dental pressure and reduced discomfort. SmartTrack exerts a gentle force to move your teeth, and the same force is constant throughout the two-week period before advancing to your next set.

Evidence shows that SmartTrack reduces the amount of pressure and pain experienced by patients during their course of treatment and especially upon insertion and removal of their aligners.

Invisalign treats a broad range of mild to severe tooth and bite problems, mainly tooth crowding, crooked teeth, overbites, and spacing between teeth. These cases are treated by a registered Invisalign provider, which can either be a dentist or orthodontist. Invisalign rates practices and dentists based on the number of cases they take on per year. The more cases they complete, higher their ranking.

During your first consultation appointment, your dentist will conduct a full dental examination and orthodontic assessment to understand how your teeth come together. They will use all this information to present their recommendations and all the possible treatment options available to you.

Here are some Invisalign treatment options that patients can opt for based on their needs and preferences:

Invisalign Full: Treatment with Invisalign Full is a comprehensive package that focuses on treating the entire mouth. It includes unlimited sets of aligners depending on the severity of your malocclusion. This package is suitable for patients with mild to severe malocclusions and treatment typically takes 12-24 months.

Invisalign Lite: Patients that opt for Invisalign Lite to correct mild malocclusions in a span of around six to eight months. The cost of Invisalign Lite is significantly cheaper than Invisalign Full as treatment is limited to 10-14 aligner trays.

Invisalign Express 5, Invisalign i7, Invisalign express 10: These are more affordable treatment options suited for very minor crowding or spacing issues (e.g. treating relapse cases from past orthodontic treatment, or if you are wanting to correct one or two crooked teeth). Invisalign Express 5 offers up to five aligners, i7 offers seven and Express 10 offers up to ten sets.

Invisalign Teen: It is a special orthodontic package designed specifically for teenagers. Gone are the metal ‘brace-face’ days, teens can now wear their clear aligners with much more confidence than before.

For more information about Invisalign aligners you can read our other articles here:
1. Invisalign vs Braces: Which is better?

  1. 10 Things You should Know Before Starting Invisalign
  2. Living with Invisalign
  3. Invisalign for Teens
  4. Does Invisalign Hurt?
Comfort with ClearCorrect Clear Aligners

ClearCorrect Overview

ClearCorrect is a company founded in 2006 that manufactures clear aligners. They are relatively new to the Singapore orthodontic market but very popular and widely available in the USA.

ClearCorrect aligners are made of a type of plastic called polyurethane resin, which possesses thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. This means that they become soft when heated and hard when cooled back down and regains their original shape when removed from the mouth. ClearCorrect works the same way as Invisalign does, the aligners exert gentle constant pressure onto your teeth, and the force sends signals to your bone enabling tooth movement into its required position in the jaw. Patients are expected to have them on for at least 20-22 hours a day, and compliance is key in ensuring treatment success.

One outstanding feature about ClearCorrect is the sleek design of its aligners. It boasts an un-scalloped, smooth trim line extending past the gums of your teeth. Evidence shows that this design feature significantly increases the retentiveness of the aligner, reducing the need for the placement of composite attachments on your teeth.

ClearCorrect has three main treatment options:

ClearCorrect Unlimited: This package allows the dentist and the patient to work with as many clear aligners needed to fix any misaligned teeth or jaw malocclusions. It is the most expensive out of all the packages, but it covers all aligner replacements, retainer and revision costs.

ClearCorrect Flex: Flex is suitable for patients with mild malocclusions (e.g. orthodontic relapse cases and simple tooth misalignments where not a lot of movement is needed). You can request however many aligners or retainers you need and pay according to the number of aligners.

ClearCorrect ONE: ONE is a package which gives you 24 sets of aligners over a period of a year. It also provides you with a set of retainers and revision all-inclusive in the cost. It is suited for moderate orthodontic malocclusions such as the correction of overbite, overjets or crossbites, and severe crowding and spacing issues.

Invisalign at NoFrills Dental

Similarities and Differences between Invisalign and ClearCorrect

Still struggling to choose which company best suits your needs? We got you covered! Here is a simple table comparing both treatment options:

The two main features of clear aligners are their invisibility and removability. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect manufacture high-quality aligners that enable patients to remove and insert them with much ease. Both companies strongly advise their patients to have them on for at least 20-22 hours a day.

Duration of treatment varies, and depends on the following factors:

  1. Patient compliance,
  2. Type of tooth movement,
  3. Tooth shape,
  4. Severity of malocclusion,
  5. Availability of space in your dental arch.

Most cases take around 12 to 18 months to complete.

Invisalign ClearCorrect

Your dentist will schedule regular appointments to make sure everything is going as planned.

You will be called back every four to six weeks for a review appointment.

Patients wear each aligner set for about two to three weeks before they advance to their next set. Review appointments with ClearCorrect are determined by your dentist, and they are usually between six to eight weeks from the last progress check.
Invisalign ClearCorrect

Invisalign is made of a flexible thermoplastic material called SmartTrack, which was developed after eight years of Research and Development.

Patients feel that this material is relatively more comfortable and gentler in the mouth as compared to ClearCorrect.

ClearCorrect is made of a thinner plastic material, which is also one of the most comfortable in the industry.

Some patients find the bits of plastic around the trim line a little uncomfortable as it can dig into their gums and cause irritation, but don’t worry! Your dentist will be able to trim these edges for you so that they’ll fit like a glove.

Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect patients may feel some tenderness and sensitivity the first few days of wearing their aligner. This will subside within 2-3 days. The aligners may also affect speech, but most patients adapt to it very quickly and return to normal. Read more here: Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign’s SmartTrack material is thicker as compared to ClearCorrect’s polyurethane resin. This makes ClearCorrect’s aligners slightly less noticeable than Invisalign’s.

Invisalign ClearCorrect

Align Technology has a 96% customer satisfaction rate and a large research base. It has an excellent track record of success since its humble beginnings in 1997. More research and development have gone into their aligners, which give it an edge and advantage when it comes to expertise.

ClearCorrect was founded in 2006 and continues to carry out extensive research and development in Texas, America. Invisalign has an edge over ClearCorrect in terms of the research and development aspect.

Invisalign ClearCorrect
The cost of Invisalign at NoFrills Dental ranges from $1,888 to $6,500, depending on how much work is needed to fix your teeth and jaws. For more information about Invisalign costs, visit our other article here.

ClearCorrect takes pride in having very competitive prices in the market. Their lab fees are significantly lower than other aligner brands, and all refinements, revisions and replacements are mostly included in the final treatment costs. It is 10-20% cheaper than Invisalign!

The cost of ClearCorrect at NoFrills Dental ranges from $1,500-$6,000 depending on the complexity of the case.

Close up of Invisalign clear aligners

So… ClearCorrect or Invisalign?

We understand that choosing both aligner brands can be a very tough decision to make as they are so similar. It’s a bit like choosing between Coke or Pepsi… or Dominos and Pizza Hut… or a Honda vs a Toyota. Both brands provide very similar services, products, and end results. Regardless of which aligner company you choose, rest assured that you will have a personalized treatment plan suited for your needs.

If you don’t mind paying a little bit more for aligners that are guaranteed top in the market, an extensive research base and a reputation unlike any other, go for Invisalign.

If you are on tighter a budget but still want to receive quality dental care, why not give ClearCorrect a go! It is by far the closest competitor to Invisalign.

Invisalign clear aligners in box

Conclusion

There are a plethora of clear aligner companies on the market but Invisalign and ClearCorrect are two of the most competitive brands with the highest patient satisfaction rate. We recommend speaking to your dentist to find out which of the two are the best suited for your case and budget. We can assure you that both brands have an excellent track record of success, you will be in good hands regardless of the choice you make. All the best on your clear aligner journey!

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