Whether fully remote or in-person, straightening your teeth with clear invisible aligners is easier than ever these days!! Treatment can take as little as 4 months, most accept HSA / FSA, and some insurance plans will even cover or reimburse you fees!
An initial impression and/or 3D images are taken and a professional comes up with your treatment plan. Typically each aligner set is worn for 2 weeks - you take it out only to eat or brush teeth, though some offer nighttime-only treatment plans. You'll be mailed a new set of aligners every couple of weeks, and gradually, your teeth will move into straight positioning! After treatment ends, you'll need to use nighttime retainers to avoid teeth moving again.
I've seen some concerns about the safety of mail-order aligners, mostly in regard to the possibility of developing gum disease, cavities, or misaligned bite by going unmonitored by an in-person orthodontist. It doesn't seem these are likely, but can happen, so you'll want to be extra diligent about brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular in-person dental cleanings and exams, making sure they're aware that you are undergoing remote orthodontic treatment. Also, make sure that whatever company you go with, they're monitoring your bite's progression properly.
Below I'll outline the basic fees and what sets the most popular clear aligner companies apart below! Companies are listed in alphabetical order. Some of the biggest differences include whether they use dentists and/or orthodontists, what accessories they include, and whether they have in-person studios available.
**Handy infographic comparison chart at bottom of post**
Disclaimer: This is just my personal research since I'm hoping to straighten my own teeth, and I wanted to share my findings with y'all! Prices and options may vary, contact companies directly to confirm. Affiliate links included below, you don't pay more but we'll receive a small commission from purchases made after clicking. Since publishing, I decided to proceed with Candid, who will be providing me with their full system in exchange for promotion. Stay tuned to see how it goes!!
Smile Direct Club
So what do you think!? Have you had braces or used a clear aligner system before? Do you want to?? Share your thoughts or experiences in a comment below!
2/4/2021 03:43:24 pm
This is helpful! My daughter is going to need braces soon, so I'll look into these.
2/4/2021 09:28:15 pm
Good to know that there are online options for teeth straightening. My middle son wants straight teeth but is is hard for him to find the time with school.
2/5/2021 10:33:07 am
That is so cool!!! Thank you so much for the comparison and great review, it is great.
2/5/2021 10:53:08 am
Things are so different from the time I got my teeth straightened! Thank you for this information and all the comparisons. It is very handy!
2/5/2021 07:27:00 pm
These are great options for my daughter who is getting braces in a while. Thanks for informing!
3/26/2021 12:03:46 pm
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4/3/2021 09:45:01 pm
Thanks so much for this! We are going to be needing them in the future and being able to do it remotely would be so helpful! I love the many options beyond traditional braces these days!
4/16/2021 02:54:48 am
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6/24/2021 08:39:47 am
I look forward to seeing more from you. Thank you so much!
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