If you have wonky, misaligned, or gappy teeth that are making you self-conscious, clear aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth without everybody knowing about it. But once you've decided on this treatment option, you still need to pick a brand. ClearCorrect is one of the main options for invisible braces in the UK, but how do you know if it's the best one for you?
While doing your research you've probably heard a lot about ClearCorrect's more famous cousin, Invisalign. Information about ClearCorrect is a bit harder to find, though, so in this article we'll go through all you need to know about:
- What clear aligners are and how they work
- ClearCorrect aligners and their benefits
- What ClearCorrect costs in the UK
- ClearCorrect vs Invisalign
- How to choose the right treatment for you
Invisible braces are just one way to straighten teeth inconspicuously, and you can learn about other kinds of braces here. But for now we're going explain all about ClearCorrect clear aligners, and how they compare to Invisalign.
Table of contents
- 1 What are invisible aligners?
- 2 ClearCorrect Invisible Aligners
- 3 ClearCorrect vs Invisalign
- 4 ClearCorrect UK reviews
- 5 Conclusion
What are invisible aligners?
Removable clear aligners have the same outcome as braces; your teeth will be straightener at the end of your treatment. The way they work is quite different, though. Clear teeth aligners are made out of plastic and fit snugly over your teeth, similar to a mouth guard.
Your dentist or orthodontist will plan your treatment and give you your aligners. You change to a new set of aligners around every two weeks, and over the course of your treatment, they gradually shift your teeth into place. Treatment takes 12-18 months on average, but varies for each individual. It can be as quick as 3-6 months for mild straightening.
Invisible aligners are suitable for a range of orthodontic problems, including:
They work for up to 90% of cases, but the most severe malocclusions have to be treated with fixed braces instead.
You'll need to keep your aligners in for at least 22 hours each day. They must be removed for eating and drinking anything other than water, and you must clean your teeth and your aligners before replacing them. If you want to know more about invisible braces, read our full guide which has a lot more information about how they work and how they compare to other ways of straightening teeth.
ClearCorrect Invisible Aligners
ClearCorrect was founded in 2006 in the USA, but is relatively new to the UK market. Like other aligners, they fit over your teeth and gently push them into a straighter position. The aligners are made of polyurethane resin and contain no BPA or phthalates.
ClearCorrect is part of the Straumann Group, a name you might have heard of because they are a leading name in the dental implant industry, known for their high quality.
The company has stuck to its American roots and still carries out all its research, development and manufacturing in its Center of Excellence in Texas.
What do ClearCorrect providers offer?
ClearCorrect work with a network of UK dentists to provide teeth straightening treatment. Finding a ClearCorrect dentist or othodontist near you is not that simple, since they don't have an easily accessible list of providers in the UK. You can ask around some dentists near you, contact the company directly, or do an internet search for your local area.
Once you have a provider, you will go to an appointment for a consultation. The process should be pretty simple:
- Your dentist will assess your teeth and overall oral health to see if you're suitable for ClearCorrect braces
- They take impressions or do a 3D scan to map out the current position of your teeth, as well as taking photos and perhaps an x-ray
- The information is sent off to the lab and an interactive treatment plan is produced to show you your potential end results
- You sign off on the plan and your ClearCorrect aligners are ordered from the lab
- You return to your dentist to have your ClearCorrect aligners fitted; your dentist will show you how to care for them
- Every month or two you'll return for a checkup and to collect your next few sets of aligners
Treatment usually involves switching to a new set of aligners every two weeks. You just pop open a new packet every fortnight without having to go back to your orthodontist or dentist every time. It's really important that you wear them for at least 22 hours a day, only removing them when you eat or need to clean your teeth and aligners.
You'll need to go back for checkups periodically. The frequency of these will depend on your course of treatment, but the cost of going for checkups will be included in the overall price of your ClearCorrect treatment plan.
The video below of ClearCorrect before and after shows the kinds of transformation that are possible with these aligners:
How much does ClearCorrect cost in the UK?
In the UK, ClearCorrect costs from around £1,200 for minor treatment lasting 3 months to £4,500+ for a full course of treatment. The exact cost of ClearCorrect treatment varies according to a number of factors:
- How long your treatment will last
- The degree of teeth straightening you need
- How much flexibility you want with paying for your treatment
Note that with shorter treatment courses you may receive a fixed number of aligners, e.g. 6 or 12. You might not have the option to continue treatment if you don't get the results you want in this timeframe. A full course of treatment usually includes additional adjustments, if needed.
Speak to your ClearCorrect provider about your different treatment options, and ask what payment plans are available. You may also want to explore other finance options to spread the cost of your treatment.
Is ClearCorrect available on the NHS? It's extremely unlikely. The NHS does cover braces for children when treatment is deemed medically necessary, but it's much less common for adults to be given braces on the NHS. And even if you are eligible, you'll get metal braces as standard.
ClearCorrect vs Invisalign
Although there are many types of clear aligners available, Invisalign is probably the most famous in the UK – and in fact worldwide. It was one of the first brands to make clear aligners and has stayed at the cutting edge since then. It's quite easy to compare ClearCorrect and Invisalign since their products are so similar.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a brand of clear aligner that will straighten your smile over time. Each aligner is made of a thermoplastic material and the company's process is patented. Invisalign launched in 1997 and has treated over 8 million patients over the years.
Because the company has been operating for years, its product has been well-refined. The way the clear aligners are made has progressed over the years and the company has over 50 patents on its technology.
Invisalign has a large network of providers in the UK and it's easy to locate your nearest one on their website. They also have a free Smile Assessment tool which can quickly let you know if you're eligible for treatment with clear aligners – try it here. When you go to a dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign treatment, you will:
- Have a consultation to check your smile is suitable to be straightened with Invisalign
- Get a scan of your teeth so the orthodontist can make a treatment plan
- Have your clear aligners fitted and receive the next few sets to change fortnightly
For a full rundown of Invisalign and how it can help, we have an article that has everything you need to know.
How are ClearCorrect and Invisalign the same?
There are many similarities between the two systems of clear aligners. When you look at both of the devices, they look alike, in that they are made of a clear plastic and moulded to closely to fit your teeth.
The general way that patients use the aligners are the same too:
- You must wear them for 22 hours a day or more
- You clean them with non-abrasive toothpaste
- Aligners usually switch every two weeks
- You can't eat whilst wearing them
Both treatment options vary in how long they take but it can be as quick as three months and as long as 18 months. Both may involve using attachments and elastics to aid with straightening.
In the video below, a dentist who uses both brands explains that they are pretty much the same from the patient's perspective, but the dentist may recommend one over another for particular cases.
What are the differences between ClearCorrect and Invisalign?
Similar as some elements of the two brands are, there are some pretty clear differences too. For example, the materials they use are different – ClearCorrect uses polyurethane resin whereas Invisalign use a patented material called SmartTrack which is a type of thermoplastic.
Although this may seem a small difference, this can affect your comfort when you wear them. According to some ClearCorrect reviews, because the material used is very thin it can be sharp and cause sores on your tongue. This is something that doesn't get reported very often with Invisalign.
Invisalign has more experience and technology since the company has been in operation for so much longer, and has treated more patients. With this technology, the system is able to fix more complicated cases – Invisalign works for around 90% of orthodontic cases.
You'll also find that Invisalign is quite patient-focused in comparison to ClearCorrect. While Invisalign makes it easy to check your eligibility and find a provider near you, ClearCorrect has no such tools and most of their online presence is aimed at dental professionals (which may be the reason you've ended up looking here for more helpful information).
One more difference is cost, which we know is an important factor for most people. As mentioned above, prices for ClearCorrect range from £1,200 to £4,500, whereas Invisalign costs roughly £1,500 to £5,500. Again, the lower price range is for a limited treatment course lasting 3-6 months.
So Invisalign is usually slightly more expensive than ClearCorrect, but you may decide it's worth paying that bit extra for the experience and technology behind Invisalign's product. To get an exact quotation, you will need to visit your nearest provider for an assessment.
Here's an overview of the key similiarities and differences between ClearCorrect vs Invisalign, to help with your decision:
|Suitable for mild problems?||Yes||Yes|
|Suitable for mid-level problems?||Yes||Yes|
|Suitable for complicated problems?||Possibly||Probably not|
|Price||£1,500 - £5,500||£1,200 - £4,500|
|Treatment timeframe||3 - 18 months||3 - 18 months|
|Aligner material||SmartTrack thermoplastic||Polyurethane resin|
|How to find a provider||Enter your postcode here||Search online, ask around or contact the company|
ClearCorrect UK reviews
ClearCorrect invisible braces aren't the most famous type of aligner on the market, especially in the UK. So it's understandable that you want to check out what other people's ClearCorrect reviews to see what their experiences have been like.
Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. It's not so hard to find ClearCorrect reviews in the US, but here in the UK they are quite thin on the ground. They have a few self-published YouTube videos, but no profile on TrustPilot, which is where many people turn for online reviews. It doesn't help that many people use the brand name “Invisalign” to talk about any kind of invisible brace, so it's not always clear which one they have used.
One useful resource is RealSelf, which collects people's reviews of medical treatments. Here's some information from Stan, who left a few ClearCorrect reviews during his time using the aligners:
- At aligner number five he said, “I just put on my aligners 5 today. It’s a little tight but I know that is to be expected with each new aligner. According to what they estimated, I have 9 more aligners to go to complete the process. I’m 30% done.”
- At his ninth aligner he wrote, “My teeth are finally looking straighter! My top teeth definitely looks straighter but it was my bottom teeth that were the most crowded. I definitely see improvement in my lower teeth now. I am 3 1/2 months finished and and less than 2 months to go!”
- When he reached the 14th aligner, his review said, “Hi all, I’m in my last set of alligners before I get my retainers. I can’t believe the transformation that has taken place and I’m glad I went through this to get these results. I have definitely changed my eating and drinking habits throughout the journey and it has helped me become more aware. I’m also more aware of teeth hygiene.”
If you want to read some more genuine reviews from people who have used clear aligners, we have a separate page of Invisalign reviews which you might find helpful.
ClearCorrect has only been available in the UK for a few years, and this seems to be reflected in the lack of reviews and poor user experience their brand provides for patients.
The cost of ClearCorrect is an advantage for most people, as it may work out £500 to £1,000 cheaper than Invisalign. However, there are trade-offs in the reduced costs. When you pay the higher price for Invisalign you know you are getting a product that's backed by years of expertise and research from a company that's committed to staying at the cutting edge of technology in this market.
Your experience of wearing ClearCorrect aligners may be more uncomfortable because of the way they make their aligners. The smile that you get at the end of your treatment course is likely to be the same, but the process and cost will differ depending on which provider you choose.
If you want an easy way to get started with invisible braces, take Invisalign's Smile Assessment now to see if you're eligible, and then book an appointment with your nearest provider to get a price for your treatment.
Many dentists do offer Invisalign and ClearCorrect, in which case you can get prices for both and ask them which one they recommend, and why.