Discover which braces-free orthodontic treatment is the best choice for you and your family.
Invisalign has been helping teenagers and adults subtly straighten their teeth since the early 2000s. The system’s effectiveness, swift treatment time, and (most notably) its nearly invisible clear aligners have made orthodontic treatment a much more pleasant process compared to traditional metal braces.
Today about eight million people are using Invisalign to straighten their smiles, and the number continues to grow. The success of Invisalign hasn’t gone unnoticed by other dentistry companies either.
Invisalign is no longer the only clear aligner option.
A number of competitors with their own clear aligner systems have moved into the market, including popular brands like Smile Direct Club and Candid. The strong similarities between these brands coupled with the high number of positive reviews for each system can make it overwhelming to decide which option is best for you or your teen.
To help you make an informed decision, we’re going to cover the Invisalign treatment process and how these different brands compare.
How Invisalign works and what you need to know.
Invisalign straightens teeth using pressure by pushing teeth into proper alignment with the use of clear plastic aligners. You’ll receive a series of aligners, usually 20 to 30 for the average patient, and move to a new aligner about every two weeks. Each aligner is precisely designed using digital imaging to map out exactly how your teeth will be shifting throughout treatment.
The treatment process is a breeze.
Most patients won’t notice a significant change in their lifestyle after starting Invisalign.
You will need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day, with 22 hours of daily wear being ideal. Unlike traditional braces, you’ll pop out your aligners whenever you’re eating, drinking anything but water, and brushing or flossing. This means you don’t need to make any dietary changes or worry about needing to do anything extra to keep your teeth healthy and clean at home.
Aside from some initial soreness or tenderness after changing aligners, most patients find that Invisalign is comfortable and barely noticeable.
You can finish within a year.
The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 to 18 months based on a set of 20 to 30 aligners and two-week changes. In some cases, you can shorten treatment time even more by changing your aligners every week with your dentist’s approval. This expedited treatment time should only be done under your dentist’s supervision and if you’re sticking to a strict 22 hours of wear per day minimum.
Considering the faster treatment time for Invisalign and the reduced frequency of orthodontic appointments, Invisalign is generally right on par with the cost of traditional braces. With the numerous benefits of Invisalign and the potential for a shortened treatment time, it’s easy to see why this system is often seen as superior.
Clear Aligner alternatives and how they compare.
The two major Invisalign competitors are Smile Direct Club and Candid. There are other clear aligner brands out there, but these two have become particularly popular and are often compared to Invisalign.
How Smile Direct Club and Candid work.
Smile Direct Club (SDC) and Candid are both teledentistry brands, which means they allow you to straighten your teeth at home without in-person appointments. In a world where consumers rely more on the internet than visiting brick-and-mortar shops, it’s easy to see why teledentistry brands are booming in popularity.
Getting started with SDC and Candid involves taking an impression of your teeth at home and shipping it back to the company to be reviewed by a licensed dentist or orthodontist. If you’re deemed to be a candidate, the dentist or orthodontist will design a series of aligners, ship your kit back, and you’ll begin treatment at home.
From there you’ll follow a similar treatment process to Invisalign, minus the in-person meetings with a dentist or orthodontist. Instead, the companies offer excellent customer support, and you can speak with your dentist or orthodontist as well as send images of your progress.
SDC and Candid are both less expensive than Invisalign and offer all-inclusive pricing.
Why we recommended Invisalign over the competition.
It goes without saying that brands like SDC and Candid have helped many teens and adults straighten their teeth from the comfort of their homes. However, we do encourage patients interested in straightening their teeth to consider the pros and cons of teledentistry treatment.
With traditional braces or Invisalign, you have the benefit of in-person consultation and supervision. Common dental issues such as untreated tooth decay and gum disease can wreak havoc if you begin straightening your teeth prior to getting treatment, which could lead to permanent damage to the teeth and gum structure.
Although Invisalign costs slightly more and you’ll need to see us in person, your dentist will perform a thorough pre-examination to see if you have any underlying oral health concerns before starting and continue ensuring you’re on track throughout your treatment. Another major advantage is Invisalign is a powerful system that’s able to correct a broad range of crowding, gapping, and alignment issues compared to other options.
All things considered, Invisalign is the safest, most effective clear aligner option for getting the smile you or your teen has always dreamed of.
Learn more about straightening your teeth by booking a consultation at Santa Fe Family Dental.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment and Invisalign sounds like a good fit for you or your teen, the next step is to book a consultation with Santa Fe Family Dental.
During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to ask any questions you have about Invisalign, learn more about the treatment process, and after the examination, figure out which treatment option will yield the best results for you.
You can schedule your appointment now by calling our Gainesville office or filling out this handy online form.