Here’s a breakdown of the Top 3 major options for invisible braces.
Invisalign was founded in 1997 and completely changed the orthodontic industry. Invisalign has the advantage of having over 20 years of research and production under their belt. With over 450 patents to their name and having improved the smiles of over 7 million people, Invisalign is a leader in the aligner industry.
Using a high-tech scanner, a 3D image of the patient’s teeth is created. Invisalign uses this 3D image to create the aligners instead of using typical molds made from putty.
Their clear aligners are 3D printed using state-of-the-art technology. The newest aligners use SmartTrack material, which provides better fit, better comfort, and are easier for the customer to insert and remove. The SmartTrack material was specifically designed for Invisalign through 8 years of research and development. These aligners apply gentle yet constant force to teeth, improving control of the tooth movement.
Additionally, Invisalign has a line of aligners specially for teens, making the product available to a wider range of patients.
The biggest downside of Invisalign liners is the cost. Without insurance, Invisalign could cost you anywhere from $3,500 to over $7,000 to straighten your teeth. That being said, many orthodontic practices will offer monthly payment plans to spread out the cost.
ClearCorrect is another invisible aligner company that works strictly with dentists and orthodontists.
Founded in 2006 by Dr. Willis Pumphrey, a dentist, ClearCorrect began as a one-person operation to make aligners for his own patients. Over time, more and more dentists and orthodontists began using Dr. Pumphrey’s aligners. To date, ClearCorrect has delivered aligners to millions of patients worldwide.
Like Invisalign, ClearCorrect aligners are custom made based on a doctor’s prescription plan and a mold of your teeth. Treatment plans involves four phases of therapy. In each phase, the aligners are worn for a three-week period. The aligners are worn 22 hours per day, 7 days a week. Treatment can last between one and two years, depending on your specific needs.
ClearCorrect has different treatment options available, an Unlimited plan, which provides patients with as many aligners as are needed to complete the process, and to Limited options that give patients a choice of 6 sets of aligners or 12 sets of aligners.
And also like Invisalign, ClearCorrect aligners are not inexpensive. The average cost for ClearCorrect Unlimited treatment is approximately $4,000 to $5,500. The average cost for a Limited treatment plan is approximately $2,500 to $3,500.
You can talk with your doctor about which ClearCorrect treatment and payment options are right for you.
The SmileDirectClub is the most popular at-home aligner treatment on the market. Founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub has helped almost three-quarters of a million people change their smiles on their own.
SmileDirectClub offers two types of aligners: Clear Aligners, which are to be worn 22 hours per day, and Nighttime Clear Aligners, which are to be worn for 10 hours per night.
To create the aligners, patients can either use an at-home kit to get an impression of your mouth, which is then made into a 3D image, or go to one of their SmileShops to have a 3D image taken. These items are reviewed by a remote orthodontist who creates a plan specified to your needs. The aligners are then printed based on this plan.
SmileDirectClub offers two payment options. Patients can choose the Single Pay option, where you make a one-time payment and the aligners are shipped to you. Currently, the Single Pay option costs $1,895. Or patients can choose the SmilePay option, which allows patients to pay in monthly installments of $85 for 24 months ($2,290 total). The SmilePay option requires a $250 deposit.
The biggest downside to a program like SmileDirectClub is the lack of in-person contact and case oversight with a professional who can look at your teeth with you in the same room to ensure that the treatment is progressing according to plan.
Before deciding upon an invisible aligner treatment to improve your smile, it is always recommended to see a professional to help determine if aligner treatment is best for you.