Crooked and misaligned teeth are mostly treated with traditional metal braces, lingual braces and porcelain/ceramic braces. However, as an adult, you might have the option of Invisalign or ClearCorrect.

You might already know how braces work because at one point you may have come across someone wearing them. What you might not fully understand are Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Not many people choose them, mostly because they might not be effective in treating their dental conditions; they are also expensive. Here's everything you need to know about ClearCorrect and Invisalign:

What Are Invisalign and ClearCorrect Braces?

These are braces that look like clear/colourless stock/ready-made mouthguards. They are, however, designed in a way that helps restore misaligned or crooked teeth by exerting pressure on them. Contrary to other braces (traditional metal braces, lingual braces and porcelain/ceramic braces), ClearCorrect and Invisalign braces are not permanent; they can be removed when eating and brushing your teeth. However, to ensure they are effective, your dentist insists that you keep them in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day.

You might also notice that ClearCorrect and Invisalign are not tightened like other options when they become loose. Your dentist will prepare another set for you; this can be expensive.

Difference Between ClearCorrect and Invisalign Braces

ClearCorrect and Invisalign braces may look the same, but if carefully analysed, you may realise that ClearCorrect braces are thinner and utilise a different material than Invisalign. This makes them more aesthetically pleasing, effective in correcting misaligned or crooked teeth and more comfortable in your mouth. Because of this thinness, you need to take more caution to avoid breaking them.

An Important Note About ClearCorrect and Invisalign Braces Candidate Suitability

Not everyone is a good candidate for ClearCorrect or Invisalign braces. What does this mean? Your dentist may need to examine your dental condition to find out which dental treatment method will be the most effective. Severely crooked or misaligned teeth cannot be effectively treated using Invisalign or ClearCorrect braces; you need traditional metal braces, lingual braces and porcelain/ceramic braces.

ClearCorrect or Invisalign braces are also not suitable for children. First, it is difficult for a child to be disciplined enough to keep the braces in their mouth for at least 22 hours a day. Secondly, you might spend a lot of money because a child might need multiple ClearCorrect replacements. In this case, their teeth and gums are still growing, meaning you need to keep up with the changes happening.