There are a number of options out on the market today for those who are looking to straighten their teeth. These generally fall into one of two categories. There are those that look unsightly but get the desired result and those that don’t look like anything — but come at a steep cost. Of course, the ideal would be a straightening treatment that doesn’t negatively affect your appearance while still being affordable.
The most common straightening options include braces, aligners, retainers, and more. Let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Braces are the most widely known orthodontic technique for correcting alignment problems in teeth. Metal brackets are bonded to the outside of the teeth gradually pulling them together into the correct alignment.
There are a few shortcomings with braces. Not only are they unsightly, but they’re difficult to eat with. In fact, food can build up in the braces causing plaque and tartar. Patients with braces must be careful to double down on their oral hygiene regimen.
While there have been some advances in braces, food buildup remains a serious concern. Even braces that are installed on the backs of teeth (so that you can’t see them) have this problem. Nonetheless, braces remain the best solution for those with severely misaligned teeth.
Once the braces are done doing their job, retainers are often employed to ensure that the teeth remain fixed to where they are instead of wandering off. Braces are the most aggressive option for those with severe alignment problems.
Clear aligners are a more discreet and less invasive option. There are no brackets or wires installed on the teeth and patients typically remove them while eating. At Peak Family Dental, we usually recommend ClearCorrect invisible aligners. They represent one of the best solutions to modern orthodontic problems.
ClearCorrect works by creating a series of aligners. The first set of aligners is very close to the patient’s own bite pattern. These aligners are then replaced after a period of time and this process is repeated until the patient’s teeth look perfect.
Clear aligners have numerous advantages over braces. Firstly, since the aligners are removed while the patient is eating, they never have to worry about food getting stuck in their aligner. They wear the aligners all day long and at night, and then remove the aligner while eating. When they’re finished eating, they brush their teeth and put the aligner back on.
Also, as the name implies, clear aligners are very difficult to see. Unless someone was really looking, they would have a hard time spotting them. This, of course, is by design. Clear aligners are meant to be a more aesthetically pleasing solution to traditional braces that give you a cyborg smile.
Best of all, the process of aligning your teeth correctly takes less time than traditional braces.
There is, however, one drawback to clear aligners. Clear aligners may not well equipped to handle the most severe misalignment issues. Moderate to mild misalignment problems are well within clear aligner’s wheelhouse, however, and are generally considered the preferred choice among patients who are candidates for clear aligners.
Those who do have severe misalignment issues can use clear aligners, but the treatment is more expensive and takes more time. This is largely because it requires more aligners. For obvious reasons, the more aligners that are used in the process, the more expensive it’s going to be. Patients will need to perform a cost-benefit analysis on whether or not clear aligners are the right way to go for severe alignment issues as prices can extend to $9,000 or more.
ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign
Both of these companies produce the top quality clear aligners on the market. Price-wise, they’re about the same, but ClearCorrect has a lower entry point. Advertised at $2,000, that represents the lowest possible cost which is roughly 6 aligners used over the course of the treatment. Other treatments include 12 aligners or more and the price would obviously get higher from there. Invisalign has a starting price point of $5,000.
Additionally, ClearCorrect uses a different material than Invisalign. ClearCorrect’s material is thinner and sits easily in the mouth. While ClearCorrect uses older technology than Invisalign, there does not appear to be any apparent benefit of Invisalign’s patented technology over the plastic used by ClearCorrect. Bth solutions show consistently excellent results.
Talk to Peak Family Dental Care about Teeth Straightening Today
If you have alignment issues, Peak Family Dental can recommend a course of aligners that slowly move your teeth into the correct position without the use of cumbersome braces. Give us a call at (928) 284-1091 and we can discuss your options for getting the straight teeth that you want.