Need help fixing your teeth? One of the most popular ways these days is via Invisalign. If you’ve been in the dentist’s office recently, you probably will have noticed their ads or brochures in the clinic. While it’s both popular and effective, it can be quite a heft cost. This lead us to doing some research on Invisalign alternatives.
ClearCorrect is the main competitor to Invisalign. Your dentist or orthodontist must register to be a ClearCorrect provider, and then ClearCorrect sends them the materials needed to straighten your teeth.
You then have regular in-office visits with your dentist or orthodontist as you would with regular braces. Many patients appreciate the professional supervision that Invisalign and ClearCorrect offer. What’s more, prices for ClearCorrect are comparable to Invisalign, costing anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000.
ClearCorrect aligners are made from thinner material than Invisalign aligners, which their website claims make them less noticeable. But it could be argued that the thinner aligners are more prone to break, while others say they are more comfortable.
Orthly has made their mark on the clear aligner industry by providing an option between in-office options like Invisalign, and completely remote options like SmileDirectClub. Should you opt for treatment with Orthly, you will meet with an orthodontist who creates and supervises your treatment plan. For most treatment plans, you only meet with your orthodontist at the beginning and then 1-3 times more during the treatment process. However, you also have the option to meet with an Orthly dentist in-person if needed.
Due to the greater amount of supervision with Orthly than with remote clear aligners, Orthly can treat complex cases of malocclusion.
Distinguishing itself from Invisalign, Orthly doesn’t use teeth attachments, and their clear aligners have a “flowing scalloped” edge that fits to your teeth along the gum line. This, in theory, results in a more natural look and shorter treatment time, due to the extra pressure exerted on your teeth.
SmileDirectClub (SDC) was the first popular alternative to Invisalign braces to make its mark on the teeth straightening market. It entered the clear aligner race in 2014, advertised as a convenient and cheap alternative to Invisalign.
SDC allows customers to take their own dental impressions at home. You then send them to SDC for orthodontists to review, and chart your teeth straightening journey, before mailing you your clear aligners. If customers are more comfortable going to a physical location so an SDC representative can make the dental impressions, there are now over 75 stores around the United States where that can be done.
While the price and convenience is alluring to many, we urge you to do your research on both the pros and cons. There are many people who have negative results from using SDC, as the lack of professional supervision allows for more things to go wrong.
CandidCo involves a process very similar to that of SDC, as another at-home clear aligner that is a cheaper alternative to Invisalign braces. With Candid, you can either visit one of their physical locations so that a representative can determine if you are eligible, or order a kit for $95 to find out on your own if you’re eligible. The $95 will be refunded in full if it turns out you aren’t a candidate for this type of clear aligner.
Candid “differentiates” themselves from other home clear aligners by stressing that they only use expert doctors, that they have high standards of care, and that the aligners are comfortable and virtually invisible.
Treatment with Candid takes an average of six months, and you have two payment options to choose from: a one-time payment of $1,900, or $88/month.
SnapCorrect is one of the cheapest clear aligner alternatives to Invisalign on the market, costing a total of $1,749. If you qualify, you can also opt for a payment plan of $80.84 per month. SnapCorrect differs from SDC and Candid in that there don’t seem to be any physical stores where you can go if you’d rather get your impressions done with the help of a representative.
SnapCorrect also claims that not only are they less expensive than SDC, they are also much clearer and therefore less noticeable. They tout contoured edges on the top of the aligner that don’t cut into your gum line (which they claim is a problem with SDC).
The thing that differentiates SmileLove the most from the other Invisalign competitors is that they have one of the most affordable payment plans at $79/month, plus there are ongoing promotions. Also, your first set of retainers after aligner treatment is free. You are subject to a credit check and a down payment might be required.
SmileLove works very similarly to SnapCorrect; you take your impressions at home, send them in and doctors will develop a plan. There’s no satisfaction guarantee with SmileLove. You can return your impression kit unopened and unused within 30 days, but once you open it you’re locked in.
Nowadays there are a plethora of options for those looking to straighten teeth. Not only are there countless alternatives to traditional metal braces, but there also many alternatives to clear aligners like Invisalign. And as a consumer, we encourage you to investigate thoroughly and shop around until you find the best option for you. While you’re doing your research, keep in mind that cheap doesn’t necessarily mean better, and sometimes it’s worth paying more upfront, so you don’t have to pay more later.