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Invisalign Vs. At-Home Teeth Straightening Companies

In the past, straightening your teeth meant you had to deal with metal braces that were bulky and highly noticeable. In today’s world, it means choosing where to get your removable and comfortable clear aligners. 

Invisalign is world-famous for its clear aligners and the amazing results that patients have experienced. A few years ago, the only way to get clear aligners was to visit your orthodontist. However, recently at-home teledentistry has become all the rage.

We compare some of the popular at-home teeth straightening companies including SmileDirectClub, Candid, Byte, Smilelove, SnapCorrect, and Easysmile to Invisalign. The information below provides insight into each teledentistry company, lists the pros and cons, and how they compare.

Invisalign

Your journey with Invisalign begins at your orthodontist’s office. The option is recommended by your orthodontist after careful review and observance of your current oral health.

Ideal candidates for Invisalign clear aligners are those with an open bite, gap teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, crossbite, and underbite. Invisalign is an FDA approved treatment.

The treatment process begins with your orthodontist taking molds of your teeth and carefully creating your clear aligners similar to the way an artist creates a masterpiece.

Before and After

Before and After photos of patients who had an Invisalign treatment by Dr. Jacquie Smiles.

You pick up your entire Invisalign treatment protocol from your orthodontist, discuss the process, get your questions answered, receive advice especially related to your specific treatment plan and schedule a follow-up visit to make sure the treatment is giving you the results you desire. 

Pros 

  • Custom made just for you
  • FDA approved
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to insert and remove
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Direct one-on-one attention from your local orthodontist
  • Invisible aligners
  • Fewer food restrictions

Cons

  • Need to clear your schedule for follow up appointments with your orthodontist

Save up to $1,000 on Invisalign orthodontic treatments in NYC.
We accept insurance, financing, HSA, & FSA.
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SmileDirectClub Vs. Invisalign

The SmileDirectClub is a leading at-home teeth straightening teledentistry company that was founded in 2014. It produces 3D-printed clear aligners and is known as a major competitor for clear aligner companies like Invisalign. 

Your journey with SmileDirectClub begins with receiving an at-home kit or booking a 3D image in a Smile Shop located near you. Your mold will be taken at the shop or you can conduct the teeth mold process in the privacy of your own home.

Once the Smile Direct Club receives your teeth mold a licensed orthodontist or dentist reviews your smile plan remotely. Your aligners arrive in the mail with instructions to follow and when you complete your plan you have the option to order retainers to help maintain your smile. 

The main difference between the Smile Direct Club and Invisalign is access to an in-person orthodontist. While a remote orthodontist is licensed and sounds like a great option for those who fear orthodontist offices, it also changes the experience compared to Invisalign where you have access to a real live orthodontist that goes on the teeth straightening treatment with you in-person and every step of the way. 

Pros 

  • Custom made aligners
  • Less expensive than Invisalign
  • At-home delivery
  • Removable
  • Invisible aligners
  • Fewer food restrictions

Cons

  • An orthodontist doesn’t see you in person before treatment begins
  • There’s no orthodontist to visit in case of an emergency 
  • There’s no in-person supervision during the treatment process to ensure your teeth are moving into the right placement. 

Candid Vs. Invisalign

Candid Co. offers you a choice to begin the process in a walk-in studio office or have a kit delivered to your front door. The at-home teeth straightening process is similar for all companies. So, this means an impression of your teeth is taken, sent to Candid, a remote orthodontist creates your aligners and you receive your full treatment regimen in the mail with instructions to follow. 

The main difference between Candid and Invisalign is in-person care. While Candid invites you to begin the process in one of their local studios you still conduct your entire treatment process unsupervised at home while Invisalign treatment allows you to visit your orthodontist that helps you every step of the way until your newly straight smile is revealed. 

Pros 

  • Custom made aligners
  • Less expensive than Invisalign
  • At-home delivery
  • Easy to remove
  • Easy to clean
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Fewer food restrictions compared to metal braces
  • Invisibility
  • No office visits

Cons

  • You conduct your own treatment at home without supervision
  • No access to an orthodontist in case of emergency

Byte Vs. Invisalign

Byte offers an at-home kit that provides directions so you can take your teeth molds and send them to the company. Once Byte receives your molds a professional decides if you are an ideal candidate if so, you will receive your clear aligners in the mail with directions on how to proceed with the teeth straightening process. 

Not having access to an orthodontist throughout the process is the main difference between Byte and Invisalign. As an Invisalign patient, you have access to in-person appointments with your orthodontist to ensure your treatment is progressing as scheduled. 

Pros 

  • Custom made aligners
  • Less expensive than Invisalign
  • At-home delivery
  • Easy to use
  • Removable
  • Invisibility
  • No food restrictions
  • Easy to clean
  • Improved self-esteem

Cons

  • No access to an orthodontist during an emergency
  • No idea if your treatment is working properly

Smilelove Vs. Invisalign

Smilelove is another teledentistry company that offers teeth straightening treatment at-home. Your journey with this company begins with receiving an at-home kit to take your teeth molds and return it back to the Smilelove.

Once the kit is received a doctor creates your treatment plan and custom made aligners that get mailed directly to you. 

The main difference between Smilelove and Invisalign is access to an in-person orthodontist. Invisalign treatment includes visits to your trusted orthodontist that guides you through the process from day one until your beautifully straight smile is complete. 

Pros 

  • Easy to use
  • Custom made aligners
  • At-home delivery
  • Easy to remove
  • Easy to clean
  • No food restrictions
  • Option to order retainers at the end of treatment

Cons

  • No access to an in-person orthodontist
  • No professional guidance throughout your treatment

SnapCorrect Vs. Invisalign

SnapCorrect works similar to all the other at-home teeth straightening companies.

You receive an at-home kit to take molds of your teeth and send it to the company for further review by a remote dentist. Your aligners are created and mailed to you along with directions to follow. 

The main difference between Snap Correct and Invisalign is the comfort and confidence knowing Invisalign treatment comes along with in-office appointments with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth are moving into the right position. 

Pros 

  • You receive custom made aligners by mail
  • Less expensive than Invisalign
  • Easy to use
  • Invisible aligners
  • No food restrictions

Cons

  • No regular appointments with an orthodontist to make sure your teeth are moving into place correctly.

Easysmile Vs. Invisalign

Easysmile offers an at-home teeth straightening kit that arrives at your front door. The kit includes instructions on how to properly take molds of your teeth.

Once you complete the molds you return the kit back to Easysmile when a remove dentist professional reviews your molds and creates teeth straightening treatment for you with clear aligners.

Easysmile sends multiple shipments to you with your aligners and teeth whitening treatment throughout the straightening process. 

The main difference between Easy Smile and Invisalign is access to an orthodontist from the very beginning of treatment. Invisalign treatment includes in-office visits to an orthodontist throughout your entire treatment to ensure everything is going as scheduled. 

Pros 

  • Custom made aligners
  • At-home delivery
  • Easy to remove
  • Easy to clean
  • No food restrictions
  • Improves self-confidence

Cons

  • No access to an in-person orthodontist to make sure your treatment is going as scheduled.

Teledentistry Vs. Local Orthodontist

Overall, teledentistry companies offer teeth straightening service in the comfort of your own home and evaluate your progress by having you send them teeth pictures or scheduling video conferences. This sounds like a great option for people who are afraid of dentists or don’t have time in their schedule for appointments. However, one main issue that has come to light over the years is hidden dental issues that don’t show up on the at-home teeth molds.

Sometimes the condition of the gums, oral problems or underlying issues can’t get detected. After treatment begins some patients are experiencing severe pain and teeth aren’t moving into place properly. 

Invisalign treatment is an excellent option to ensure you are receiving the attention needed to create a straight smile, healthy gums, and overall good oral health.

Orthodontists have the power to prescribe Invisalign treatment which includes periodical office visits just to make sure everything is going as scheduled. The office visits also offer a sense of comfort and confidence that your smile is going to be excellent when the treatment is complete. 

Dr. Jacquie Smiles

Dr. Jacquie Smiles has been serving her NYC patients for over 24 years. She is a VIP Platinum Invisalign Provider and has been recognized as a top provider every year since 2003. In September 2005, Dr. Jacquie Smiles became Invisalign’s Spokesperson for a hygiene campaign. In 2009, she became a Spokesperson for Invisalign Teen treatment which was featured on the Tyra Bank’s show.

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.  You want to do it safely and under the supervision of a professional orthodontist.

There is no reason to be afraid to visit a dentist’s office because they are only there to help you and they have the ability to make procedures as painless, safe and quick as possible.

Dr. Jacquie Smiles has created a mix of At Home Ortho with dental visits if needed for her patients in NYC.

Save up to $1,000 on Invisalign orthodontic treatments in NYC.
We accept insurance, financing, HSA, and FSA.

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. Our orthodontic office is conveniently located near Midtown at 30 East 40th St @ Park Avenue New York, NY 10016.

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