Posted on Feb 12, 2021 8:26 am
If you are looking for a clear alignment system, but the expense has you avoiding an orthodontist, ClearCorrect might be a good solution. Although very similar to other clear tray alignment systems, ClearCorrect may offer a less expensive alternative.
About ClearCorrect Tray Aligners
Dentist Willis Pumphrey, Jr. is the creator of ClearCorrect. Originally working with Invisalign, he sought a less expensive alternative for his patients. Switching to OrthoClear to reduce lab fees, he had 400 patients in treatment when OrthoClear had to stop production. Not wanting to leave his patients with incomplete treatment, Dr. Pumphrey founded ClearCorrect in 2006.
ClearCorrect made news when Inc. magazine cited the company as the fastest-growing health-related company in the US in 2011. By 2017 the clear tray alignment system reported treating approximately 80,000 patients. The company was founded in Houston, TX, and ClearCorrect, LLC, is currently based in Round Rock, TX.
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ClearCorrect appears to perform similarly to Invisalign, and successful smile transformations are quickly mounting. The treatment durations are often shorter with ClearCorrect, which accounts for some of the lower cost.
Comparing ClearCorrect to Invisalign
Aside from the cost factors, there are other factors to consider when deciding between Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Because Dr. Haack works with both alignment systems, he can recommend which would be the best for you. Let’s examine some of the differences and similarities.
Invisalign treatment begins with an initial examination. After your exam, the dentist or orthodontist can outline the treatment plan. This will include how your smile will straighten, how long treatment will take, and the cost. Levels of Invisalign treatment:
- Full — able to correct mild to complex malocclusions
- Lite — for minor cases needing up to 14 aligner sets
- Express 10 — for minor cases requiring up to 10 aligner sets
- Express 5 and i7 — for very minor crowding and spacing issues with up to 5 tray sets/7 tray sets
In addition to adult treatment programs, Invisalign First and Invisalign Teen are programs available for younger patients.
Although ClearCorrect is similar to Invisalign, the treatment duration and the length of time each tray set is worn varies. The transparent tray aligners should be worn approximately 22 hours per day. Tray change intervals depend on the severity of the initial alignment issue.
Treatment begins with an examination. Your dentist or orthodontist will recommend a treatment plan based on the following levels of treatment:
- Limited 6 — for minor issues requiring 6 or fewer sets of aligners
- Limited 12 — for cases needing 12 or fewer alignment tray sets
- Unlimited — for severe cases allowing as many aligner sets as it takes to fully correct problems
Because the ClearCorrect aligners use a thinner material, they have less durability but offer a higher sense of invisibility. Due to the thinner material, they may be susceptible to breaking, which may affect the treatment period.
Start Today with a Virtual Consultation
You can get started today with a Virtual Consultation — simply fill out the online form and submit your smile images. Making an appointment online is also easy with our online scheduling feature. If you have questions or would like more information, our office can be reached by telephone at (320) 763-7484 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.