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ClearCorrect Aligners vs. Braces

ClearCorrect as an Invisalign alternative

Aligners vs braces is a common question and comparisons patients have when weighing the orthodontic treatment options.

If you’ve been thinking about teeth straightening but don’t like the idea of wearing traditional metal braces, ClearCorrect invisible braces (see our Service page, linked, to help you evaluate this affordable Invisalign alternative!) is a great alternative to consider. Canal Vista Family Dental serves northern & central New Jersey.

Today’s adult braces typically feature dental aligners in lieu of conventional appliances. Although Invisalign is typically the most popular, ClearCorrect treatment is a comparable solution for adults who want invisible and comfortable orthodontics during adulthood.

Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Braces

Benefits of ClearCorrect trays to straighten your teeth include perks like:

  • Eating any food you want
  • Easy care and maintenance
  • No changes to your oral hygiene routine
  • “Invisible” appliances
  • No irritating wires or brackets
  • Fewer and quicker trips to the dentist
  • Easy to whiten your teeth at the same time
  • Nobody has to know you’re wearing them

When it comes to impact on your routine and lifestyle, ClearCorrect wins the clear aligners vs. braces debate. You won’t have to worry about cutting your food up into small pieces or having extra tools to clean around your brackets, because everything is removable!

Since ClearCorrect digitally maps out your teeth in advance, you’ll never need “adjustments” to wires or brackets. Simply pop by our Princeton dentist office every other month to check in and pick up your next several sets of trays.

Are Clear Aligners Effective?

Absolutely. Removable alignment trays have been used in dentistry for about two decades, with consistent, ongoing development in their technology. When it comes to aligners vs. braces, the removable trays work almost just as good.

When it comes down to making a case for ClearCorrect, our clear braces patients can expect the same great, straight teeth they would get if they were to wear traditional braces. Dr. Bestandji will thoroughly screen your bite to make sure you qualify for invisible aligners. As long as your case is one that is fitting for the treatment, you can hope to see a similar teeth straightening outcome as people who opt for conventional methods of orthodontic therapy.

Removable aligners like ClearCorrect use digital technology to virtually map your tooth movement before the treatment process even starts. Sometimes you can see an animated preview of your tooth movement prior to getting your clear braces. Seeing the virtual before and after can help you decide if adult orthodontic treatment is right for you!

Are Clear Aligners More Expensive Than Braces

It used to be that the price of braces vs. aligners was a bigger gap than it is today. A couple of decades ago, wearing clear braces meant paying as much as double. Fortunately, that’s just not the case anymore!

Today’s clear aligner braces for adults cost about the same as conventional orthodontic appliances, or just a fraction more. The month-to-month payment amounts if you’re financing the treatment is nearly the same for every budget. It’s easier than ever to afford aligners, because ClearCorrect aligners are more competitively priced than some of the other types of invisible adult braces.

Our financial coordinators will contact your dental insurance carrier to verify any orthodontic benefits under your individual plan. If they exist, we can apply that coverage towards the total cost of your braces to lower your out of pocket costs. It might be as high as 50% or a specific dollar lifetime allowance.

Typically, dental insurance pays the same amount on braces whether they’re invisible aligners or conventional orthodontic systems.

Plus, our Princeton braces can easily be financed on a month to month basis, so that you can fit ClearCorrect into your budget and get started on treatment right away.

Is ClearCorrect Faster Than Traditional Braces?

Yes, ClearCorrect aligners can be faster than traditional braces. As long as you follow your treatment plan as directed, you’ll probably start to see an improvement in your tooth alignment process within just a few months. In fact, ClearCorrect has an accelerated braces option that offers faster cosmetic teeth straightening. For these cases, our Princeton dentist arranges to straighten the teeth that are most visible when you smile, instead of all of them at once. As such, you may be able to complete your ClearCorrect short-term braces in just 4-6 months!

If you’re someone who struggles with keeping up with your orthodontics, then you might respond better to conventional braces treatment. Fortunately, adults make great candidates for ClearCorrect because they’re so eager to see the results!

Cleaning Braces vs. Aligners

Having fixed orthodontics (braces) on your teeth means that you need extra oral hygiene aids to clean around the brackets and wires in place. Usually a proxy-brush and floss threader are required, each of which adds significant time to your daily care routine. However, using an electric toothbrush and a water flosser may prove to be quicker and easier to access these hard-to-reach areas. Most orthodontists will also prescribe a fluoride gel to use each day, to remineralize any areas where plaque isn’t cleaned off (to prevent unsightly “white circles” on your enamel once the appliances are removed.)

ClearCorrect wearers don’t really have to change their home care routine at all. Simply take your trays out twice a day to brush and floss like normal. Make sure you’re brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time. Floss at least once per day. Before you put your trays back in, brush them with lukewarm tap water and your toothbrush. Don’t use warm water, as it could cause the tray to warp. If you notice any significant buildup, you can soak your tray in an effervescent denture cleanser for 30-60 minutes then brush them clean.

Getting ClearCorrect Invisible Braces in Princeton, NJ

Invisalign alternatives like ClearCorrect are just a phone call away. When you contact Canal Vista Family Dental for an orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Bestandji will screen your bite to determine which type of braces are best for you.

During your consultation, we’ll make sure your teeth are free of cavities or gum disease. From there, Dr. Bestandji can give you a general idea as to the timeline required for treatment. Every case is unique, so pricing varies depending on our patients’ needs. As one of Canal Vista Family Dental’s many highly regarded patients, you’ll get a customized, no-hassle treatment quote to look over. If you’re ready to move forward with ClearCorrect or braces treatment, we can help you get started right away.

Contact us today to schedule to experience a great teeth straightening option!

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