Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners: Which Are Better?

young woman thinking hardWhen it comes to straightening your smile, you may have more options than the conventional system of metal brackets and wires. As a dedicated and highly-experienced dentist in Polk City, Dr. Ryan Hussong understands the dilemma of wanting straighter teeth, but not wanting to endure two or more years of traditional orthodontic treatment. Besides making your smile look more appealing, straightening crooked teeth also helps you keep them cleaner, and reduces the risk of subsequent dental issues stemming from malocclusion (an uneven bite). To help you maintain your confidence while correcting malocclusion, Dr. Hussong offers a choice of clear aligners and discreet braces, such as Six Month Smiles and innovative ClearCorrect™ aligners.

A Straighter Smile in Six Months

Conventionally, braces must be worn for about 2 years (or more, depending on the severity of the condition). Using brackets attached to your teeth and threaded with arch wires, braces gradually move teeth into straighter positions so they look and function better. Similarly, Six Month Smiles consist of brackets and wires, but are made from tooth-colored Lucid-Lok material rather than shiny, conspicuous metal. By focusing on the cosmetic aspects of crooked teeth, the brackets and wires can achieve amazing results in as little as six months, just a quarter of the expected treatment time of metal braces.

A New Take on Braces with ClearCorrect™

If your teeth aren’t too severely misaligned and you’d like to avoid brackets and wires altogether, then Dr. Hussong may recommend ClearCorrect clear aligners instead. Made from clear acrylic to fit snugly over your teeth, ClearCorrect aligners are removable, so you can eat the same foods, and brush your teeth with as much ease, as before your treatment. To determine if ClearCorrect is right for you, or if your teeth require the more complex treatment of brackets and wires, speak with Dr. Hussong as soon as possible by scheduling a visit.


Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental in Polk City office today at (515) 984-6001. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Polk City, Ankeny, Grimes, Ames, Johnston, Urbandale, and Des Moines.