Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that can correct many of the same orthodontic issues as braces. It uses clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth to gradually shift the teeth into the proper position. Invisalign was the first of these clear aligner systems, and since its introduction, many other similar products have been created.
Are all of the clear teeth alignment systems of the same quality? Should you consider any of the alternatives to Invisalign? What are the differences? Find out the answers to these questions and more to help you make the best decision for your treatment.
What are the alternatives to Invisalign?
You might have heard of some of the alternative products, such as ClearCorrect, SmileDirectClub, Candid, and Byte. Some of these are comparable in price and others cost less, which is their main advertising point. But just like with many other products, the reason that they cost less may be that they are an inferior product.
What should you consider when comparing clear aligner systems?
There are a few main points that are different between the various clear aligner systems on the market, such as:
- Online vs. In-Office. Some clear aligner systems are administered through your dentist or orthodontist’s office. Invisalign and some other systems must be purchased from and monitored by your dentist or orthodontist. Other systems can be ordered and monitored completely online. A few of the online systems have physical locations available that you can visit if you have a problem with your aligners, but they are not for regular monitoring. Having a dentist or orthodontist to monitor your progress in person can make a big difference in the quality of your treatment.
- Cost differences. You will find that the clear aligner systems vary in price from one product to the next. It is not necessarily in your best interest to choose the least expensive one. Compare all of the other factors as well before making your decision. The old adage “you get what you pay for” also applies in the case of orthodontic treatment.
- Severity of case. Some clear aligner systems can only treat mild to moderate cases, whereas others can treat severe cases as well. If you have severe orthodontic issues that will require significant intervention, you may not be a candidate for all of the clear aligner systems available. It is better to have a professional evaluation by your dentist or orthodontist in order to get a recommendation for treatment.
- Length of time in the business. The length of time that a clear aligner system has been on the market will make a difference in the level of quality. Invisalign was first invented in 1997 and has been tweaked and improved in many ways from then until today. Other clear alignment systems use a similar technology, but may not have had as much time to improve upon their product.
Read Online Reviews
There is a wealth of information available online about Invisalign and other clear aligner systems. Take the time to do a little research and read the reviews. You might learn some things that you haven’t thought of that could help you decide on the best system for you or your child.
Ask People You Know
Ask friends and other people you know who have had experience with different aligner systems. First-hand experience is one of the best ways to get information, and second-hand experience is the next best way. If you know someone who has used Invisalign or another clear aligner system, ask them about their experience. Take things like age and lifestyle into account as well. What works for an adult may not necessarily work for a child or teenager.
Meridian Dental Group Believes in the Quality of Invisalign
Meridian Dental Group provides Invisalign treatment because we believe in the quality of the product. We have treated many patients with Invisalign who have experienced excellent results. The guidance we provide from the start of your treatment all the way through to the end makes the difference between other clear alignment systems and Invisalign from Meridian Dental Group.