ClearCorrect aligners are gaining popularity over traditional braces among those who want straighter teeth.

Dr. Grant Hinze said he sees that trend continuing. But, the ClearCorrect option does have some drawbacks.

ClearCorrect (similar to Invisalign®) offers teeth alignment without metal braces, making them nearly invisible.

The straightening process for ClearCorrect involves a series of clear trays that fit over the teeth and gradually straighten or align them. The trays are connected to small clips attached to the teeth to keep them in place.

“It’s a good option for adults if they don’t want the appearance of braces,” Dr. Hinze said.

The ClearCorrect option works best when only minor straightening or alignment is needed. It won’t work for major corrections.

ClearCorrect may not be the best option for teens or young children.

“It’s a lot of responsibility for the patient because it has to be worn responsibly,” Dr. Hinze said. “There’s more discipline involved.”

While traditional braces do require some discipline, such as staying away from sticky foods and sugary drinks, the ClearCorrect option requires even more. Patients have to track their progress and know when to switch to the next aligner tray, and the aligners must be worn at all times. If not, progress can be delayed.

Patients with ClearCorrect should also stay away from pop, coffee and tea that can stain the clear aligners.

The ClearCorrect option typically requires a longer treatment time. If traditional braces could fix the teeth in a year, the ClearCorrect option would take a year and a half. Typically, patients require a series of between 12-20 aligner trays. And in some case, the ClearCorrect trays may have to be worn at night for years longer.

And while there’s not the chance of wires poking the mouth, soreness and pain are still part of the process with ClearCorrect.

In terms of financial factors, Dr. Hinze said the ClearCorrect option costs slightly more than traditional braces.

Although there are some drawbacks, the advantages of having an “invisible,” less invasive device in the mouth to straighten teeth may be just perfect option for many patients.

Dr. Hinze said scientific advancements continue to be made in teeth-straightening options, and he sees the ClearCorrect option becoming more popular in the future.

If you would like more information about traditional braces or ClearCorrect, please contact Grant Hinze DDS at (308) 995-5331.