Invisalign Compared to At-Home Clear Aligners

Invisalign Compared to At-Home Clear Aligners

Invisalign Compared to At-Home Clear Aligners

Metal braces are becoming a thing of the past, and clear aligners are trailblazing the teeth straightening industry. Clear aligners are in high demand among teeth straightening patients. Ideal candidates include those with crowded teeth, gap teeth, open bite, crossbite, underbite, or overbite. These days the most difficult decision is choosing between Invisalign treatment at your local orthodontist office or at-home kits from a teledentistry company. Continue reading to learn more about both options. 


Invisalign is the world’s most advanced clear aligner. After more than 20 years of research, it’s the largest 3D printing operation in the world. Invisalign treatment involves in-person appointments with your orthodontist to ensure your most beautiful smile gets revealed comfortably and quickly. 

Once your orthodontist approves the treatment and creates your Invisalign clear aligners, your treatment begins. Your orthodontist will teach you how to use and care for your aligners as well as give helpful tips to successfully using your Invisalign treatment. Plus they are there for you every step of the way in case you have questions or experience unforeseen pain. 


  • Custom made
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Access to your orthodontist
  • Easy to remove
  • Invisibility
  • Fewer food restrictions compared to using metal braces
  • One-on-one attention in case of an emergency
  • Boosted self-esteem and self-confidence


  • Scheduling regular appointments to monitor your progress

Teledentistry Companies

Teledentistry companies cater to patients that have busy schedules or fear dentist offices. Popular teledentistry companies include Smile Direct Club, Candid, Byte, Smile Love, Snap Correct, and Easy Smile. Patients that choose teledentistry to provide their teeth straightening treatment receive an at-home kit and instructions on how to take their own teeth molds then mail it to the teledentistry company. Once the company receives the mold, a dentist professional determines if the person is an ideal candidate and creates a clear aligner treatment that gets mailed to the patient’s house. 


  • Custom made aligners
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Removable
  • Invisibility
  • Hardly any food restrictions
  • Improved self-confidence


  • No in-person orthodontic care
  • No direct one-on-one attention during an emergency

The Difference Between Local Orthodontists and Teledentistry

As a patient of a local orthodontist that prescribes Invisalign, you are ensured overall oral health care. Gum infections, bacteria buildup, tartar buildup, and discomfort are all addressed and cared for immediately and in-person. 

Teledentistry patients are often assigned a remote dentist or dental care professional that provides advice and often recommends to visit a local emergency oral health care facility during an emergency. Otherwise, the patient is responsible for their entire treatment from taking their own molds to ordering their retainers after treatment has been completed. 

Major Law Suits against Teledentistry

Lawsuits against the teledentistry industry have been building over the years. The lawsuits range from civil suits from patients that had a bad experience to the American Dental Association filing lawsuits against teledentistry for not adhering to prescription laws. Here are a few ongoing lawsuits. 

  • For several years the American Association of Orthodontists has been trying to encourage states throughout the country to restrict teledentistry services. In April 2017, the ADA filed complaints alleging that teledentistry was breaking laws governing the practice of dentistry in 36 states. 
  • The New Jersey Dental Association lodged complaints against the teledentistry industry by filing a civil complaint in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The complaint alleged that the teledentistry industry “engages in the unlawful practice of dentistry in this state.” 
  • In July 2019, The American Dental Association filed a complaint with the FTC and FDA against the teledentistry industry by sending a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection regarding the teledentistry industries marketing and sales tactics of plastic teeth aligners. 

In the long run, many patients realize that although teledentistry options are convenient, some patients are experiencing serious issues that can’t be detected with the at-home teeth mold kit. Many patients end up at their local orthodontist office, begging for help. Numerous patients have mentioned that paying a few extra dollars to get in-person Invisalign treatment is worth it to have one-on-one attention and monitoring of the process. 

Best Option to Straighten Your Teeth

Visiting your local orthodontist is the best option recommended for patients who want to straighten their teeth as painless, safe and quick as possible. 

Straightening your teeth to improve your smile and overall oral health should not be taken lightly. If you need help deciding which option is best for you, consult with an experienced and licensed orthodontist like Dr. Jacquie Smiles.

Schedule your no-obligation consultation today by calling 212-972-3522 or fill out the contact form to receive additional information. 

Brighten Your Smile with Dr. Jacquie Smiles and NY Fashion Week

New York, NY (Sept 9, 2019) – Dr. Jacquie Smiles is proud to announce she will be sponsoring New York Fashion week for the 3rd year in a row. Dr. Jacquie Smiles will be attending the event and having a booth at the show starting

September 9 – 11, 2019 offering teeth whitening treatments, prizes and swag bags for the attendees. 

New York Fashion Week is held semi-annually to reveal international fashion collections to buyers, press and the general public. NYFW is one of the four major fashion weeks held worldwide. 

Dr. Jacquie’s mission is to brighten the world one smile at a time. She achieves this through educating her patients and creating her signature broad smile design. Dr. Jacquie says, “What I do with my patients is the perfect balance between science and art.” She explains to her patients the science behind what is occurring throughout their treatment, while still showing the beauty of the individual in each case she creates.

Style and fashion involve a beautiful white smile to complete the overall look and Dr. Jacquie is determined to help everyone reveal their best smile!

Dr. Smiles booth at NYFW performing teeth whitening.

Come by the booth to meet Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team as they offer teeth whitening and education on how to improve and brighten your smile. The team is also giving out prizes, swag bags, and discounts on teeth whitening treatments. 

Also, those interested in attending the following events can RSVP by calling 212-972-3522

Event Schedule

Monday, September 9, 2019

2:00 pm | CHICK Fashion Show; Ydamys Simo Fashion Show

7:00 pm | Kittenish by Jessie James Decker Fashion Show​

9:00 pm | Kittenish by Jessie James Decker After-Party

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

10:00 am | Garo Sparo Atelier Fashion Show​

3:00 pm | S by Serena Fashion Show​

7:00 pm | Studio 189 by Rosario Dawson & Abrima Erwiah Fashion Show​

8:00 pm | Studio 189 Studio189 Post Reception​​

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

11:00 am | Mery Playa by Sofia Resing Fashion Show

3:00 pm | Revival Swimwear Fashion Show

7:30 pm | threeASFOUR Fashion Show

Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team of professionals are ready to help everyone reveal a bright, straight smile and boost self-confidence. Meet the team at NYFW 2019! 

About Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, D.M.D, P.C. 

Dr. Jacquie Smiles began her dentistry and orthodontics career at Boston University and became the youngest and first woman Director of B.U. ‘s Predoctoral Orthodontic Department. She now leads her orthodontic team in offices located in New York and New Jersey. Her compassionate and professional team provide optimum care in a modern, luxurious environment with state-of-the-art technology such as 3d digital imaging, iTero scanner, and non-spatter radiation x-ray units. Patients can receive orthodontic procedures as well as cosmetic dentistry in a friendly, comfortable and professional environment. For more information visit

NYFW 2019 and Dr. Smiles Photos

View photos from NYFW 2019 and Dr. Smiles booth below.

Join Dr. Jacquie Smiles and STYLE360 for NYFW 2019

Come join Dr. Jacquie Smiles and STYLE 360 as they celebrate our 15th year of NYFW starting September 9 – 11, 2019. Please stop by our booth as we give out prizes, swag bags, and discounts on teeth whitening treatments.

RSVP to the below events by calling 212-972-3522.

The Venue

Metropolitan West

Sponsored by Dr. Jacquie Smiles and JustMelt MedSpa.

Address: 639 West 46TH Street, New York, NY 10036

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2:00 pm | CHICK Fashion Show; Ydamys Simo Fashion Show

7:00 pm  |  Kittenish by Jessie James Decker Fashion Show​

9:00 pm  |  Kittenish by Jessie James Decker  After-Party


10:00 am  |  Garo Sparo Atelier Fashion Show​

3:00 pm  |  S by Serena Fashion Show​

7:00 pm  |  Studio 189 by Rosario Dawson & Abrima Erwiah Fashion Show​

8:00 pm  |  Studio 189 Studio189 Post Reception



11:00 am  |  Mery Playa by Sofia Resing Fashion Show

3:00 pm  |  Revival Swimwear Fashion Show

7:30 pm  |  threeASFOUR Fashion Show


Meet Dr. Jacquie Smiles

Dr. Jacquie Smiles, also known to her patients as Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, D.M.D., P.C., started her career in orthodontics/dentistry at Boston University and after graduation became the first female and youngest Director of B.U.’s Predoctoral Orthodontic Department. She is now part of the Invisalign prestigious faculty department, this means she is among one of the most experienced Invisalign providers in the world. 


New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events (generally lasting 7–9 days) when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the “Big 4,” along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. 

NYFW includes two types of shows: Industry and open-to-the-public shows. Unless you’re a fashion buyer or work in the press/industry, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to snag a seat to the heavy hitters.


Admission to the New York Fashion Week is typically in the form of accreditation. Many private events and parties are by invitation only.

RSVP and come join Dr. Jacquie Smiles and STYLE360 at NYC Fashion week by calling 212-972-3522.