If you’re ready to straighten your smile, then you may be researching which clear aligners are right for you. But, with so much information out there, it’s not always easy to determine which brands or treatments are best for your smile. That’s why our Lakewood dentists are here to compare Invisalign® with other clear aligners (learn more about Invisalign here).
At Lakewood Dental Group, we believe that you should have all the facts. That’s why we value transparency and patient education just as much as we value your comfort and care. If you’re ready to explore top-tier orthodontic solutions, then contact our Dallas, TX, dental office at (214) 827-1885 or online here.
In today’s post, Dr. Mihir Patel and Dr. Shaun Sigurdson compare Invisalign with other clear aligners. From pros and cons to average costs, we’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Popular Invisible Aligner Brands
In the past, Invisalign cornered the market on clear aligners. Today, however, there are numerous clear aligner brands from which patients can choose, including:
- SmileDirectClub (SDC)
- Six Month Smiles®
Comparing the Best Clear Aligner Brands: Pros and Cons
Let’s explore the benefits and disadvantages of the best clear aligner brands, including:
Pros: The Invisalign brand has been making a name for itself since the 1990s. Subsequently, these aligners have earned their reputation as the number one dentist-recommended invisible aligner on the market.
With advanced SmartTrack® material, these aligners are stronger yet more flexible than other clear aligners. Additionally, the SmartTrack® material moves teeth more accurately, which reduces treatment time by up to 50% and increases predictability by up to 75%
Cons: Patients must come into their dentist’s office every six to eight weeks to track their progress along their treatment plan. Invisalign is also the most expensive clear-aligner system available to patients.
Pros: Known for their exceptional customer service, byte is an ideal clear aligner for patients looking to straighten their teeth without paying Invisalign prices. These aligners also have one of the quickest treatment times, with most patients straightening their smiles in just four to six months.
Cons: Patients take oral impressions at home, which leaves room for accidental errors that may lead to uncomfortable aligners. The speedy results may only be attainable with the addition of a tooth movement acceleration device known as HyperByte.
Pros: As the first at-home invisible aligner brand, SDC is one of the most trusted remote orthodontic brands. Patients have a team of experts ready to help at the touch of a button with 24/7 access to patient-support services. And at 60% of the cost of traditional braces, SDC is an affordable option for most patients.
Cons: Patients can get a free oral scan at a SmileShop. However, some patients may not have access to a SmileShop, which means that they must purchase an at-home impression kit.
Pros: NewSmile aligners use a new, scalloped design for ultimate comfort, as the aligners do not touch the gums. The company also offers more support than other remote orthodontic solutions because a virtual impression specialist supervises the at-home impression process.
Cons: NewSmile is one of the most affordable at-home systems, but this may be because the company is young and eager to make a name for itself. Quality and effectiveness may be the trade off.
Pros: These aligners are, by far, the most affordable clear aligner available to patients today.
Cons: ALIGNERCO is a relatively new company, and, subsequently, has few reviews from which patients can form a well-educated opinion. Furthermore, this brand’s hands-off approach to orthodontia may not be ideal for some patients.
Pros: Dental professionals and patients alike claim that Candid offers similar results to Invisalign treatments but at a fraction of the price. Candid also employs highly-trained and licensed orthodontists to overlook each patient’s treatment remotely.
Cons: With results similar to Invisalign, Candid is a little more expensive than other clear aligner systems.
Pros: Pricing for ClearCorrect is competitive and flexible. Patients work closely with their dentists to get ultra-personalized care.
Cons: Some patients reported feeling confused about their treatment plans and processes.
Six Month Smiles
Pros: The company crafts their aligners with durable material commonly found in anti-bruxism mouth guards. Patients with minor alignment issues can fix their smiles in as few as six months.
Cons: Similar to Invisalign, patients have to go into their dental offices to pick up their aligners. Subsequently, Six Month Smiles may not be ideal for extremely busy patients.
Pros: Launched in 2007, this brand has longevity on its side. SureSmile also uses advanced computer software to make tiny improvements in patients’ treatment plans.
Cons: SureSmile is an in-office system, making it more inconvenient than at-home systems.
Pros: This at-home system offers whitening products and retainers in addition to clear aligners.
Cons: SnapCorrect is a small company with little recognition, making it a bit of a gamble. The company also ships all of the patient’s clear trays at once, which leaves no room for treatment refinements.
Comparing the Best Clear Aligner Brands: Cost Analysis
For most patients, the overall cost of orthodontic treatments is the deciding factor. Let’s explore total clear aligner costs now.
Insurance coverage may cover up to $3,500. Monthly payment plans exist to spread out the average cost of treatment, which is roughly $3,000 to $8,000.
Not all insurance providers cover byte treatments. However, prices are affordable at $1,999 to $2,399 in full or $70 to $84 in monthly payments.
Many insurance companies cover up to $1,100 in treatment costs. Patients can expect approximately $2,050 in total costs that can be spread out in monthly installments of $89.
Some insurance providers do not cover NewSmile treatments. Total costs average between $1,495 to $1,595. Patients can make monthly payments of $58 to $61.
Insurance coverage depends on the patient’s insurance provider. ALIGNERCO is the most affordable option, with average costs between $895 to $1,095.
Insurance coverage is variable. The average cost of Candid treatment is approximately $3,300.
Some insurance companies cover up to $3,000 in total costs. Patients can expect ClearCorrect treatment to cost between $2,500 and $5,500.
Six Month Smiles
Insurance coverage depends on the type of plan patients have. However, the total cost of treatment is usually between $3,500 and $5,000.
With insurance coverage, patients can expect SureSmile treatment to run them about $1,500 and $2,500.
Many insurance companies routinely cover up to $1,100 in total costs. SnapCorrect treatment, on average, costs patients roughly $1,750.
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Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today
Now that you’re armed with the facts, it’s time to see why Invisalign treatment is among the most popular and successful clear-aligner systems around. For more information and scheduling, contact Lakewood Dental Group online here or at (214) 827-1885.