Invisible Braces And Types

“How can you force yourself to go to a dentist – orthodontist to correct a bite with the help of a bracket system !? After all, they are visible to everyone around! I will experience great discomfort! “. They will be helped by invisible, hidden braces installed in our clinic. 

What are invisible braces and how do they differ from conventional bracket systems ? Their name speaks for itself – they are imperceptible to others, thereby not violating the usual way of life. Let’s talk in more detail about these constructions. 

Invisible braces are used to correct the position of the teeth, in case of malocclusion in general. The invisible bracket-system consists of a metal arch made of a nickel-titanium alloy and elements that are fixed on the teeth. These elements can be ceramic, sapphire. They are fixed to the tooth with a special glue. 

The process of preparing teeth for the installation of an invisible bracket system consists of the treatment of all teeth, professional oral hygiene, during which the doctor will remove soft dental plaque and tartar . 

Then the orthodontist takes impressions from the jaws and sends them to the laboratory. Then, using the finished models, he calculates the direction in which the teeth will be moved. The whole process takes 2 to 3 days. What is the advantage of our clinic.

Types of invisible braces

Several types of invisible braces are used to correct the occlusion. These are ceramic braces, the fixing elements of which are similar in color to the enamel of the teeth. They have both a number of advantages – this is relative invisibility, strength, and a number of disadvantages. The patient should carefully follow all the recommendations of the orthodontist. This type of braces – systems can easily chip off, requires a certain diet, excluding all coloring products. Also, patients who have a bad habit – smoking, should give it up, since cigarette smoke can stain ceramic elements.  

Sapphire braces are the most expensive type of non-removable hardware orthodontic treatment. Artificially grown fixing sapphire elements are invisible on the teeth and have the ability to sparkle when exposed to light. 

There are also lingual braces that are fixed on the inner surface of the teeth. Their fixing elements have a flat shape and a special fastening that allows you to achieve better adhesion to the tooth tissues. This is the most comfortable type of bracket system in terms of aesthetics, the treatment is invisible to others. But there are a number of disadvantages, this is a long period of adaptation and speech impairment.


One of the most popular relatively invisible braces – systems are ceramic braces. Relatively invisible because the retaining elements on the teeth are made of ceramic – an opaque material, but the color is matched to the color of natural teeth, which makes them invisible to others. And the arc remains metallic. 

Ceramic braces have a number of advantages, such as: they do not change color during long-term wear if you follow an appropriate diet that excludes coloring products. There is practically no period of pain adaptation to them, they do not interfere with eating and communicating with other people. 

Disadvantages of ceramic braces: they cannot be reused when they are released. They can easily chip off if the orthodontist’s recommendations are not followed, which will require replacing them with new ones. 

In care, ceramic braces do not differ from metal ones; special orthodontic brushes, brushes, pastes are also used.


Sapphire designs will probably be of interest to more women and girls who are worried about their appearance during long-term orthodontic treatment, since they are made of transparent materials, and the metal arch has been replaced by a transparent ceramic arch. This makes them completely invisible. And when the sun hits them, they have an unusually beautiful shine. 

Sapphire braces are made from cultured sapphire. They are completely hypoallergenic, which makes it possible to use them in patients with a history of ging. 

Sapphire braces are expensive, which is their main disadvantage. Also, treatment with these systems has a fairly long period. According to their characteristics, sapphire braces have increased fragility, which makes patients take good care of this orthodontic appliance. 

In case of serious malocclusion, metal braces are preferred . 

The main manufacturers of sapphire braces are Damon Clear, Miso, Radiance, Pure.


There is another type of invisible braces – lingual braces. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they are fixed to the inner side of the teeth and are the most difficult structure for fixation, but our orthodontists successfully cope with this task. 

The fixing element has a flat shape, a special attachment to the tooth, which allows you to achieve the greatest adhesion. 

Lingual braces are completely invisible to others, which allows the patient to feel comfortable. 

Along with this, lingual braces have a number of disadvantages. The patient goes through a long period of adaptation, his speech is impaired. 

Treatment with lingual braces – systems allows you to constantly monitor the movement of teeth, since there are no external structures on the tooth and nothing interferes with observing the process of teeth movement. 

Lingual braces practically do not cause gum inflammation.

In some clinical situations, the duration of treatment can be reduced by 5-6 months compared to metal braces.

The cost of invisible braces

The cost of invisible braces consists mainly of the cost of fixing elements. So sapphire braces have the highest cost at the moment. This is due to their expensive production. 

Ceramic braces in our clinic cost from 70 thousand rubles per jaw. 

Lingual braces are also ordered individually, which affects their price. A high-level orthodontist works in our clinic. The qualifications allow her to install lingual braces with excellent results.

Lingual braces – systems are much more expensive. Invisible braces are made to order. Which is a small drawback, since modern systems are made in Europe, America, etc., the patient will have to wait until his individual braces are made and delivered. 

In some cases, we consider treatment for promotions, we provide discounts. All these issues are resolved on an individual basis. 

Remember that invisible braces are only used on permanent teeth. In a milk bite, standard metal braces are used.

Invisible Braces For Both Jaws

There are many modern methods of orthodontic treatment, but the maximum effect is also achieved with the help of braces. The design is fixed to the entire dentition. It can only be fixed at the top or bottom. However, dentists say that it is correct to install braces on both jaws, since wearing only one design after the completion of the correction can provoke violations of the opposite dentition.

Why pairing braces is important

paired bracesMostly malocclusion is characterized by defects in only one dentition or jaw, but dentists still recommend correction with two bracket systems. this is due to the physiological processes of the body.

Installation of an orthodontic structure on one jaw leads to a gradual displacement of the teeth relative to only this dentition. After removing the braces, there may be a problem with the non-closing of the two jaws relative to each other, since the correction did not take into account the features of the opposite dentition.

To avoid such consequences, orthodontists initially recommend placing braces on both jaws at once. Thus, malocclusion will be corrected immediately for the individual anatomical features of the patient’s teeth and jaw.

When you need to place braces on two jaws

Treatment with braces is prescribed after preliminary diagnostics, which confirms bite defects. Dentists recommend correcting the bite during adolescence, when the bone tissue is not yet sufficiently strong and amenable to correction. In addition, signs of malocclusion appear after the change of milk teeth to all permanent ones.

Paired braces should be placed when teeth defects are detected on one or both jaws:

  • displacement of the tooth relative to the entire row;
  • unnatural position of the tooth;
  • gaps between two front ones or between all units;
  • incorrect position of the jaws to each other;
  • asymmetry or defects in the profile of the face;
  • upcoming implantation;
  • diseases of the jaw joint;
  • consequences of jaw injury.

If braces are installed, the price of a construction for 2 jaws will be significantly higher than for one system. But it should be borne in mind that if after removing some of the braces there are deviations in the ratio of the two jaws, then fixation of the systems on both dental rows will still be required. In this case, money and time will be spent on re-full treatment.

When is it better to give up braces

For many decades, braces have remained the best orthodontic constructions that can cope with even complex bite defects. But the installation of braces is not always permissible. There are contraindications to this method of correction, which refer not only to dental, but also to other concomitant pathologies.

It is contraindicated to put braces on 2 jaws in the following cases:paired braces

  • overly narrow jaw;
  • bone diseases;
  • endocrinological diseases;
  • mental illness;
  • infectious processes in the oral cavity and a number of systemic infections;
  • immunodeficiency;
  • any oncological diseases.
  • The orthodontist does not start bite treatment if the patient has dental diseases. If the pathologies are temporary and treatable, then the oral cavity must be sanitized beforehand. Also, for the purpose of prophylaxis, professional teeth cleaning is performed in advance, which allows to prevent the development of caries during the bite treatment period.

What braces are

Any model of construction can be installed on both jaws of the patient. They are distinguished by the material of manufacture, the place of fixation and the presence / absence of ligatures. The appropriate model of braces is determined not only at the request of the patient and the cost of the orthodontic product, but also according to the indications.

Modern models of braces are distinguished by maximum aesthetic performance. Vestibular structures, which are fixed on the front side of the teeth, can be made of different materials, including translucent ones, so they are practically invisible even with a smile. Lingual systems installed on the teeth from the side of the tongue are especially popular. They are not at all visible to other people and the interlocutor.

For patients who care about the aesthetics of a smile and comfortable correction, orthodontists recommend installing ligature-free structures that do not have fixing locks, making the system safe, comfortable and even more invisible. Ligature designs have a lower cost, so they also remain popular.

The main difference between braces is the material. In case of minor defects, installation of products of medium strength is permissible, but complex defects can be eliminated only with classic metal braces.

Braces are made from materials:artificial sapphire

  • ceramics;
  • artificial sapphire;
  • plastic;
  • metal;
  • metal alloy (gold plated steel).

The cost of orthodontic corrective structures can vary greatly depending on the manufacturing material. In addition, for example, plastic, sapphire and ceramic systems cannot withstand heavy loads. But such braces do not spoil the smile. For these reasons, dentists recommend using a composite structure, when transparent or translucent systems are installed on the smile zone, and correctors made of metal or its alloy are fixed on the back teeth.

The result of correction and the duration of treatment is influenced by several factors, including the quality of the installation. Braces for both jaws do not require any special manipulations. The procedure follows the standard scheme. The only difference is the adjustment of the adjustment of the force of the pressure of the arch of the braces on the teeth, since mainly only one jaw has defects.

Installation of braces on two jaws is an effective method for eliminating malocclusion. To restore the anatomically correct position of the jaws and teeth, an integrated approach is required, which is provided by paired orthodontic systems.

Invisible Braces For A Child

One of the main difficulties associated with installing a bracket system for a child is its possible unaestheticness. This is especially true for adolescents who are painfully experiencing any flaws in their appearance, and children who may be ridiculed by their peers. To make children feel more confident, experts have developed various options for inconspicuous systems that can correct the bite without attracting undue attention to the teeth.

Types of invisible braces

Dentists use various models of orthodontic structures.

  • White braces. The white system does not stand out so much on the teeth and is almost invisible.
  • Sapphire and ceramic designs. They do not attract much attention due to their small size, as well as the color of the material, which practically merges with the surface of the tooth.
  • Plastic systems. They can also be tooth-colored or even transparent. Their cost is much lower than that of sapphire or ceramic. These braces are designed for a short wearing period and are not suitable in all cases.
  • Lingual braces. With a lingual installation, the system is not attached to the outer, but to the inner surface of the teeth, therefore it is completely invisible from the outside. However, this type of braces is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.

Invisible braces can allow your child to smile calmly without being embarrassed by the look of their teeth. This will not affect the duration of treatment (except, perhaps, lingual braces, which have their own characteristics), and will add mental comfort to the young patient.


The installation process depends on the type of invisible braces. If classic (white painted), sapphire or ceramic designs are chosen, the procedure is usually carried out in a standard way and lasts about an hour. With the help of glue, plates are attached to the outer part of the dentition, which are connected by an arc. In the case of lingual braces, installation will be more difficult. The system will have to be fixed on the inside of the tooth, where it is not so easy to reach with dental instruments. In this regard, the installation can take longer than in other cases, and up to two hours in duration.

Treatment process

Wearing braces. It all depends on the age of the child (in young children, teeth can move faster) and on the degree of curvature of the teeth. The type of braces also affects (for example, lingual braces will have to be worn longer than other designs). Make sure that for a few days after installing them, the child is on a diet and ate mostly liquid and soft foods. During wearing, you should regularly visit your dentist to monitor the process and, if necessary, make changes to the system.

Retention period. After the long-awaited removal of the braces, a retainer (structure for maintaining the bite) of a removable or non-removable type is installed on the teeth. The latter option, as a rule, is attached to the inside of the dentition and is invisible from the outside. Removable is usually transparent and almost invisible to others. The choice of a retainer for a particular patient is made by the doctor. The retention period usually lasts longer than the period of wearing the braces. But do not neglect it in order to maintain the achieved effect as long as possible.

Indications and contraindications

Indications for wearing braces are curvature of teeth of varying severity: incorrect position or rotation of one or more of them, problems with bite, impacted teeth or located outside the arch, tremata, diastemas, etc. consequences for the child:

  • rapid abrasion of teeth;
  • problems with the gastrointestinal tract due to poor-quality chewing of food;
  • an increased risk of dental disease;
  • improper bite, including leading to a displacement of the jaw.
  • The need to install a bracket system is determined by the doctor. He also collects anamnesis and reveals whether the patient has the following contraindications:
  • diseases of the cardiovascular and skeletal systems;
  • tuberculosis;
  • diabetes;
  • blood diseases;
  • mental disorders;
  • a state of acute immunodeficiency;
  • inflammatory process inside the oral cavity, etc.
  • Before installing braces, you should treat all teeth that are affected by caries, as well as undergo professional cleaning. This will avoid problems when wearing braces. Tartar-free teeth are less likely to develop caries and are easier to install. In the case of invisible lingual braces, a contraindication is also the age of the patient up to 13 years.

Clinic “Martinka” offer

  • Children’s Dental Clinic “Martinka” offers high-quality treatment of curvature of teeth using braces, including the use of invisible braces of various types. Our advantages include:
  • favorable prices, thanks to which you can save on treatment and not lose in quality;
  • experienced doctors who know how to work with children so that they are not nervous and are not afraid of the procedures;
  • a cozy atmosphere specially created for children: they can play with soft toys, watch cartoons or admire the fish in the aquarium. We try to make your stay in our clinic as convenient and pleasant as possible.
  • We have been providing dental services for 15 years and during this time we have gained a lot of experience in working with children and adolescents. Martinka’s specialists are highly qualified and ready to help with the selection and installation of braces. Contact us! To make an appointment with your child, just call the clinic or fill out the registration form located on the website.

Invisible Braces

For patients who are embarrassed to wear metal orthodontic structures, dentists offer an alternative – invisible braces. Are they really invisible on the teeth?

Ceramic and sapphire braces

In terms of structure and principle of operation, these braces are no different from metal ones. The only difference is in the material. Ceramic constructions are made from matte or translucent ceramics, sapphire – from artificially grown crystals. The shade of the locks is selected individually for each patient to match the native color of the enamel.

Invisible braces are placed on the outside of the teeth, and the patient visits the orthodontist every two weeks to correct the system. Ceramic and sapphire structures require more careful maintenance than metal ones, as they are made of a fragile material. For the duration of wearing, you will have to give up solid foods and drinks containing dye. Despite the fact that the surface of such braces is smooth, pigments can still linger on it. And when the shade of the design changes, the meaning of installing invisible braces is lost.

Ceramic and sapphire systems really do not attract attention as they match the color of the patient’s enamel. But up close, the design is still noticeable, so it’s difficult to talk about the “invisibility” of these braces.

Lingual braces

Translated from Latin, lingua means “language”. Lingual braces are installed on the inside of the teeth, so this option is closer to the title of “invisible braces”. However, this advantage entails many disadvantages.

  • It is difficult to care for the structures – it is difficult to reach with a brush to hard-to-reach places and check the quality of cleaning.
  • When pronouncing most of the sounds, a person rests his tongue against the upper or lower teeth – after the installation of lingual braces, diction is broken, and scratches remain on the tongue.
  • Not every doctor can put invisible braces and regularly adjust the system – the position of the structure makes it difficult to access it.
  • Among all types of braces, the cost of lingual braces is the highest – they are made of hypoallergenic alloys, most often with the addition of gold.
  • The pressure on the inside of the teeth is less – the wearing period of the system increases.
  • Lingual braces do have one important advantage – invisibility. But at the same time, they create a lot of inconvenience to the patient. Therefore, you should think carefully before sacrificing comfort for an invisible system for a long time.

What to choose?

Invisible dental braces are a pretty name rather than a reality. Ceramic and sapphire systems, despite their color, are still visible from arm’s length, and lingual constructions are too inconvenient. At the same time, do not forget about the disadvantage common to all braces – thorough care. Without regular cleaning with brushes and brushes and rinsing the mouth after eating, plaque will begin to accumulate on the locks, which can provoke the development of tooth decay.

For patients who do not want to find a compromise between invisible design and comfort during treatment, we offer an alternative to invisible braces – silicone mouth guards. Aligners cope with any bite pathologies along with braces. At the same time, they are absolutely not felt on the teeth, do not affect diction and do not scratch the mucous membrane. To care for the trays, it is enough to rinse your mouth after meals and clean the constructions with a regular brush in the morning and before going to bed.

Dental Plan For Kids Teledentistry On Byte Aligners

With your Dental Plan you can:

Protect your smile in case of any accident.

Insure up to five people without age restriction in your family group.

Have assists without limits of use. Except the crown prosthesis that applies 1 time per term.

As the main insured, you are insured from the age of 18.

National coverage with a dental network in 55 cities of Colombia.

Receive international dental assistance in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Italy.

Additional benefits and assistance

Virtual assists

  • Teleodontology: It has unlimited virtual assistance for the insurance holder and his family group.
  • Teleodontopediatría: It has a virtual assistance ilim ited for the insurance holder and his family.
  • Telenutrición: It has a virtual assistance ili mitada for the insurance holder and his family.


Chef (cooking tutorials): If you are the insurance holder or are part of their family group, you will be able to enjoy Colombian, international, vegan food and pastry tutorials, with 12 events during the validity of the policy. 

 Pharmacy discounts : If you are the owner of the insurance or make it part of your household, get a  10% discount on the total cost of the product. Remember that you can take a maximum of 4 units per reference and per purchase.

What do we cover?

Dental treatment for accidents : dental injuries caused by accidents, with an insured value of $ 5,000,000 that will be reimbursed to you.

Emergency dental care (accident or illness).

Dental assistance for accidents to third parties : if you, as the main insured, unintentionally cause an accident or trauma to a third party, the affected person will receive care with the treatments mentioned above.

In the event of an emergency, the following treatments will be covered, depending on the reason for the consultation: 

Surgeries: such as tooth extractions.

 Prosthetics : includes bonding of fixed crowns or bridges that have fallen, repair of dental prostheses and a porcelain metal crown resulting from an accident.

Periodontal : gum treatments.

Endodontics : procedures inside the teeth such as canals and whitening.

X-rays : those required to perform the treatments covered by the coverage.

What do we not cover?

Expenses that are not the result of a dental emergency, for example cosmetic treatments or dental fractures caused by eating food.

Exclusions from the coverage of Dental Treatments for Accidents:

Replacements of dental prostheses and / or implants and dental fractures caused by ingestion of food.

Exclusions from Emergency Dental Assistance:

  • Treatments and / or controls for surgery , radiology, prosthodontics, periodontics, functional orthopedics of the jaws, orthodontics, endodontics, pediatric dentistry and any other not specifically contemplated in Section 2.
  •  Retreatment for single-root, double-root and multi-root procedures.
  • Major surgical emergencies , caused by severe trauma involving jaw fractures or face, loss of calcified substance and teeth.
  • General anesthesia or sedation in children and adults.
  • Aesthetic treatments .
  • Physical defects.
  • Diseases and treatments of maxillofacial dystonias .
  • Radiation therapy or chemotherapy . 
  • Any formulated medication necessary for the performance or as a complement to any of the procedures covered and not covered by this annex. 
  • Effects on third parties generated by fraud or under the influence of hallucinogenic substances .

 Remember that at any time you can request to SURA that your insurance not be renewed or terminate it if you do not wish to continue with the protection it provides.

You will lose the protection of this insurance due to non-payment of the corresponding insurance premium, due to the breach of your obligations, due to impersonation of the policyholder, insured or family group entitled to receive assistance services; when you are linked to activities outside the Law.

Candid vs Byte Aligners vs Invisalign: The Best Teeth Aligner Kit for Your Budget

If you were one of the unlucky ones, you remember painful visits to the orthodontist in your teens. The sticky leather chair, picking out your colored rubber bands (orange and black for Halloween, duh), and lots and lots of metal.

It’s safe to say that getting your teeth straightened hasn’t been fun, or even easy. While Invisalign has been a leader in the invisible braces game for awhile now, there are more and more options popping up that allow you to get straight teeth in the comfort of your own home – all while saving you upwards of $4,000.

Let’s take a deeper look into how invisible braces work, as well as some of the most popular options — Candid vs Byte vs Invisalign — to see which option could be best for your smile and wallet.

How do invisible braces work to straighten your teeth?

So you want a better smile. Luckily, with just a few clicks (and no visit to the orthodontist’s office) you can start the journey. Whether you’re opting for Invisalign or one of their newer competitors, like Byte or Candid, the steps to a straight smile are mostly the same.

1. Determine if you’re a good fit for invisible braces.

Depending on what changes you want to make to your smile, as well as your overall dental health, you’ll want to make sure that invisible braces are right for you. Most companies have a quiz or ask you take photos of your smile to help ensure you’re a good fit for aligners – and Byte, Invisalign and Candid all have licensed orthodontists involved, either online or in person, so you can ask questions to make sure this is the right way for your to straighten your smile. Of course, you can always ask your dentist at your normal visit.

2. Get a model of your teeth.

Once you’re ready to take the plunge, you’ll have to get a model of your teeth taken through a puddy impression kit or digital scan.

3. Customize your smile.

Whichever company you choose, you’ll have the chance to work with an orthodontist – online, or in some cases in person – to develop a treatment plan and customize your smile. That gap in your two front teeth doesn’t have to go anywhere if you don’t want it to.

4. Wear your aligners.

You’ll receive your aligners either in batches or as a full set. You’ll follow the instructions for how long to wear each aligner – time varies from 7 days to a few weeks – before moving along to the next set. Most patients wear their aligners for 20-23 hours a day to make sure they stay on their treatment plan.

5. Flash your new smile! (And wear those retainers.)

Most treatments take anywhere from 3 months to a year to complete. Once your aligner treatment is complete, you’ll wear retainers to follow to ensure your smile stays in place.

How are invisible braces from Candid, Byte, and Invisalign different than traditional braces?

The biggest difference in traditional vs invisible braces is the process in which your teeth are straightened. With braces, you’re using metal brackets and wires to mold and shape your teeth. Invisible braces use a set of BPA-free plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth as the molds get closer and closer to your desired smile.

When it comes to convenience, teeth aligners are much easier to manage and look a lot better than braces do, making them a perfect choice for anyone who wants to continue their day-to-day life without feeling self conscious about straightening their teeth.

Also, remember how you always used to get that piece of corn stuck in your braces? That’s not a problem with invisible braces. (Were we even allowed to eat corn when we had braces? I can’t remember. But corn is delicious.)

Which is more affordable: Candid, Invisalign or Byte aligners?

While Byte, Candid, and Invisalign all offer a relatively similar type of invisible braces and have somewhat similar process, it really comes down to how much you want to pay and how soon you want to see results. So who is more affordable, Invisalign, Byte or Candid?

With similar pricing structures and no need for office visits, Candid and Byte may come out ahead for those looking to save time and money. While Candid customers have reported successful results and positive customer service reviews, Byte is introducing a new technology, the HyperByte™ vibration tool, to cut your treatment time in half compared to Candid.

Neither requires you to actually go see an orthodontist in person (although you with Candid you can choose to go to one of their 25 offices for a scan, or do it all from home by yourself with their starter kit) – everything is handled online by their orthodontists.

Not having to actually go to a waiting room and hang out listening to the smooth jazz station while someone pokes in your mouth is a big difference vs. Invisalign, which requires you to go see a mouth doctor who has received specialized training. Depending on how much you value your time, this could be a big hidden cost difference between these solutions.

While all treatment times will vary in the end based on your teeth, use this comparison chart to compare Candid, Byte, and Invisalign to see which might be the best solution for your needs and budget.

Smile Direct Club Aligners Or Invisalign Is There a Clear Winner?

While you can certainly straighten a mild to moderate case with Smile Direct Club and some bite issues, they do not claim to correct more severe cases. Invisalign can be a great solution for both adults and teens to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex. Both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club are successful treatment methods. However, how suitable each treatment method is will depend on your individual case and your personal preferences. Only you can make the decision, but don’t go it alone. By consulting with a certified clear aligner provider, you will know exactly what you need and which treatment will be best for your long-term oral health.

Whether choosing Invisalign or Smile Direct Club, you are entrusting your oral health to a professional. The difference being, Invisalign offers in-person treatment, while Smile Direct Club offers remote treatment. Both treatments correct the cosmetics of your smile, and with Smile Direct Club, they can correct some bite issues too. With Invisalign, you can treat most bite cases as well as any severely misaligned teeth.

To find out more, come in for a free Invisalign assessment where we’ll review your oral health, take a 3D scan of your teeth and assess your suitability.

SmileDirectClub Vs. Invisalign 



Clear aligner therapy is all basically the same. A mold or digital impression is taken of your teeth. That information is analyzed by a qualified dentist and a treatment plan is created. The plan is executed through a series of aligners that slowly shift your teeth into the correct position. If everything goes according to plan (aligners are worn and switched out according to instructions) by the end of treatment, you should have a beautifully straight smile. 


Because SmileDirectClub is ‘DIY’ there are limitations to the product. 

The system is sent directly to the consumer

This means the patient is responsible for taking their own impressions and photos, and ensuring they’re getting routine care from their general dentist throughout treatment. 

The dentist or orthodontist is working remotely

Since there is no physical doctor/patient interaction, the dentist has to rely on patient provided photos to track progress, which is not the same as a first-hand examination. 

Composite attachments and buttons are not possible

Because of the DIY nature of SmileDirectClub, composite attachments and buttons as well as interproximal reduction are off the table.

These tools and techniques are actually quite common for many patients in order to achieve the best results. This may limit the product to minor or aesthetic adjustments, even if your treatment plan may require fixing malocclusions or bite issues. And there’s nothing like hands-on, in-person dental care from a trained professional. If you are opting for SmileDirectClub, understand the limitations. 


Invisalign has a diverse product line that treatments orthodontic issues from simple aesthetic fixes to more complex malocclusion. But it’s not the right choice for every case. Only an Invisalign certified dentist or orthodontist will be able to tell you if Invisalign is right for you. 


Cost is a huge concern for many patients. Orthodontia is not cheap and less expensive options can be enticing for younger patients without dental insurance or flexible spending accounts. But let’s examine the savings vs. cost of each treatment. 


With both regular wear and nighttime only options, SmileDirectClub offers systems under $2000 dollars, which is certainly one of the least expensive orthodontic products. It’s also marketed as a convenient system that brings diagnosis and treatment into the comfort of your own home, meaning you don’t have to take time out of your day to go see the dentist. 


Invisalign is typically between $3000 and $5000, which puts it between SmileDirectClub and traditional braces in terms of price. Depending on your case and treatment needs, treatment time and cost will vary. You’ll also need to come in for regular appointments with your dentist or orthodontist to ensure you’re tracking properly. 

In short, Invisalign has a higher cost and a slightly higher time commitment (making time for checkups every 6-weeks). However, you have the added benefit of working with a doctor. Your dentist can make recommendations and adjustments throughout treatment to keep you on track with your treatment and get you the best possible results. 


At the end of the day, it’s your smile and you should choose the clear aligner system that’s right for your budget, your lifestyle and your goals. If you’re interested in the professional opinion of a seasoned dentist like Dr. Burden, feel free to contact us or schedule a consultation today. He offers a variety of orthodontic options, including Invisalign, and will recommend the treatment option that will be most successful for you.

Technology Used In Smile Direct Club Aligners

Clear aligners were first launched in 2000 by Align Technology when the company offered an alternative to traditional braces with their Invisalign product. The aim was to straighten teeth without the need for brackets and wires, but instead by using clear plastic trays otherwise known as aligners. The company has since seen huge success with its innovative solution and millions of patients have been treated with the Invisalign product.

Due to its success, it came as no surprise that alternatives appeared on the market. The biggest amongst them being Smile Direct Club, who in 2014 launched its clear aligner product. The idea was to take teeth straightening to the next level, offering patients an at-home solution. And the company even partnered with the same, Align Technology, albeit briefly, to produce some of its aligners.

As both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club aim to do the same thing, treat misaligned teeth with transparent aligners, it would be easy to assume they are very similar. However, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation, which makes it difficult for patients to make an informed choice. In fact, while on the surface, the aligners are comparable, both companies can straighten teeth discreetly. The difference comes primarily in the way that the treatment is administered.

How do Aligners Work?

Traditional braces use brackets which are cemented onto the teeth and attached by wires to apply a gentle yet constant force on teeth. Aligners, in a similar way, use consistent pressure to move teeth. However, instead of brackets, they use a series of trays which are custom-made for each patient based on impressions. Aligners are removable in order for teeth to be cleaned and are almost invisible, offering a discreet treatment option.

Invisalign treatment steps:

1Visit dentist for a suitability assessment

2Dentist creates custom treatment plan based on digital scans

3Custom aligners are created

4Regular in-person checks with dentist to monitor progress

Smile Direct Club treatment steps:

1Visit a SmileShop for an in-person scan, or2Use at-home kit to create a mould of teeth3Remote suitability assessment by dentist & custom treatment approved4Regular remote checks with dentist to monitor progress

Aligners offer a more comfortable and discreet alternative to conventional braces. In this respect, both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club are the same, involving a series of clear plastic trays to gently force tooth movements. However, there are some distinct differences between the two brands.

What Should You Consider When Choosing a Smile Direct Club Aligners ?

While the key differences between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club are how the treatment plan is delivered and the cost, there are other factors that should be taken into account when choosing a clear aligner:


When it comes to choosing an aligner, you will need to consider your individual circumstances and the issue that needs to be solved. If your bite is incorrect or your teeth are severely misaligned, you need to be sure that your treatment, whether with Smile Direct Club or Invisalign, can treat these issues.

Smile Direct Club focuses on addressing minor to moderate teeth misalignment and some bite correction. But they do not market themselves as treating severe misalignments. A Smile Direct Club dentist will use the telehealth platform to assess your suitability for treatment and let you know whether a remote platform can treat your issues. Invisalign, on the other hand, can treat mild, moderate, and severely misaligned teeth. It can also fix overcrowding, can counter overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite.

There is also the issue of what happens once your teeth move. Will your bite change and, if it does, could it wear down your tooth enamel and create cavities? Ultimately, aiming to straighten your teeth, without addressing your bite, both before and after, could impact your oral health moving forward. It is therefore important to consider when choosing a clear aligner, what impact it has on both your misalignment and any bite issues. This is why an initial consultation for either treatment option is needed, so that your circumstances are accurately evaluated, and ultimately, you establish whether your teeth misalignment or bite issues can be addressed.


While orthodontic treatment is safe, there is always the possibility that your teeth won’t move the way they should. Not only will your smile not be perfect, but this could cause problems with your jaw, gums, and teeth. That’s why treatment with both Smile Direct Club and Invisalign involves regular supervision by your treating dentist.

You should consider which type of treatment supervision works best for you. You might like the convenience of having your clear aligner treatment from the comfort of your own home with Smile Direct Club, while being able to request a check-in at any time during treatment. Alternatively, you might prefer the idea of being able to see your aligner dentist face-to-face in a dental practice and comforted in knowing that you can physically visit your dentist, at any time. Whether you choose Smile Direct Club or Invisalign, you choose a team of teeth straightening experts that will work on your smile.


The materials used for clear aligners are vital to their success. That said, there is no evidence that indicates either Smile Direct Club or Invisalign aligner material is more beneficial than the other. Therefore, we can not make any comparison between the two aligner materials. However, both brands have recently introduced new aligner technology. Below we highlight how both brand’s new aligner innovations differ from their previous aligners.

The Smile Direct Club aligners are made of BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. In January 2021, Smile Direct Club introduced Comfort Sense. Comfort Sense features laser technology that precision-cuts their aligners for a smoother fit. By gradually increasing the thickness of the aligner, patients can start their treatment with lighter movements. This means, compared to their previous plastic aligners, patients now experience a more comfortable fit and their new plastic aligner is easier to follow the ‘wear-requirements’ of the treatment plan.

Invisalign recently replaced their previous single-layered EX30 plastic aligners with an innovative SmartTrack material. This came after eight years of experience and testing 260 different materials. Invisalign’s previous plastic aligner would relax and lose energy after a few short days. This ultimately made the aligner slightly less effective as it didn’t retain the constant force required to achieve the necessary tooth movements. The new SmartTrack material is a multi-layered and highly elastic material, that was specifically engineered to produce a gentle yet constant force. Compared to their previous EX30 plastic aligner, the SmartTrack material improves control of tooth movements, whilst at the same time offering a more comfortable aligner. Compared to its previous generation aligner, Invisalign’s new SmartTrack aligner fits more snugly around the teeth and is easier to put on and take off.


The other consideration regarding material, as well as its ability to do the job, is comfort. With both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club making recent changes to their aligner technology, both aligners now claim to be more comfortable than their respective earlier generation of aligners.  Again, while we have no evidence to support either aligner being more comfortable than the other, below we explain how the comfortability of both brand’s aligners is achieved.

Invisalign’s new SmartTrack aligner is more comfortable than its previous EX30 plastic aligner. That’s because, with Invisalign’s previous aligner material, it would lose some of the energy to exert the necessary forces and could start slipping. To compensate for this, the aligners could sometimes be fitted more tightly, making it slightly more painful each time a new aligner was used. And, if they become loose, they could then rub against the cheeks and gums and cause sores or further discomfort. Compared to their previous plastic aligner, Invisalign’s new SmartTrack aligners are highly elastic, conforming more accurately to tooth morphology for increased control and comfort. Each aligner is trimmed to the gum line for optimal comfort, precisely matching the shape of the teeth to minimize gum irritation.

With Smile Direct Club, due to its Comfort Sense laser technology, aligners are cut to give a smoother fit. The aligners are not trimmed around the gum line. But instead, shaped in a straight fashion across the top of the aligner in order to deliver a greater turning force. The aligner also utilises variable thickness to help gradually ease patients into treatment. As a result, compared to the Smile Direct Club’s previous plastic aligner, their new aligners allows patients to experience a more comfortable fit.


The treatment times for both Smile Direct Club and Invisalign are faster than conventional metal braces. Clear aligner treatment times are influenced by a number of factors, including your ability to adhere to the treatment guidelines, as well as the severity of your misalignment.

The average treatment times advertised by Smile Direct Club are shorter than Invisalign (between 4-6 months). Invisalign treatments are longer but can be completed within 6 months. Ultimately, treatment times vary depending on the severity and complexity of your case and must be determined by the dentist.

In addition, it is claimed on the Invisalign website “Treatment times are up to 50% faster with technological advances to the Invisalign system, including SmartTrack material. With weekly aligner changes, compared with two-week aligner wear.” This implies that by comparing an Invisalign treatment that uses a weekly treatment versus the same Invisalign treatment, but with two-week aligner wear, the weekly treatment can be 50% faster.

Is Teledentistry Safe?

With teledentistry options taking the place of many traditional dental services, several patients are left wondering if these new services are safe. Virtual dentist appointments raise a lot of questions about safety and the privacy of a patient’s medical information.

While these are valid concerns, the teledentistry industry has made great strides in both patient privacy and safety regulations over recent years. This article will examine how patients are protected, as well as the steps that are taken to ensure privacy rights are upheld.

Teledentistry Is Safe

Patients can rest assured that teledentistry is considered to be safe. A six-year study found that teledentistry and “virtual dentist” services provided a similar level of care compared to in-person dental office visits.

According to this study, patients can expect to receive the same level of care, whether in the dental office or a virtual environment.

While the quality of care remains high with teledentistry services, it’s essential to keep in mind that the types of services offered are limited. Teledental services are generally kept to simple, routine things such as check-ups or continuing-care monitoring. You won’t be getting a root canal or any fillings remotely, which means the risk of complications is small.

Teledentistry Laws Keep Patients Safe

Part of what makes online services safe are the various telehealth and teledentistry laws and regulations created to protect the safety and privacy of all patients. As the teledentistry industry continues to grow, it’s only natural that more laws will crop up to help regulate the industry.

It is important to note that each state has different laws, and even among states with regulations, the specifics of the laws can vary greatly. A patient’s location will dictate what teledentistry services are available, and which laws protect them. Patients need to research their state’s relevant laws to see how they affect the practice of teledentistry.

That’s not to say that there won’t be better cohesion in the future. Many laws are relatively new, with more states passing laws and updating regulations each day. Federal laws may be enacted in the future as well, which will create a baseline for the entire country to reference.

Many existing dental laws regarding the safe practice of dentistry and patient privacy remain relevant for teledentistry as well. Patients should expect the same level of care and protection regardless of how they seek dental services.

ADA Policies on Teledentistry Safety

The American Dental Association (ADA) has put forth policies regarding the safe practice of teledensity. These policies govern how dentists should behave, and what sort of obligations they have to their patients. Failure to do so can be harmful to a dentist’s practice and should be a huge red flag for patients.

Overall, these policies provide broad protections for patients. An example is that a dentist should be able to provide their credentials and certifications if asked, even when performing work remotely. These protections lead to more accountability for the dentist and increased safety for patients.

Patient Privacy With Teledentistry

Another considerable concern for patients new to teledentistry is their privacy. Dental records contain sensitive information that is private, and many are understandably loathe to have shared.

The good news is that many of these laws and regulations deal with protecting this information and provide rights for patients to choose who has access to it. Teledentistry services are held to the same high standard of privacy as traditional dental offices. They should be working to keep private information in the hands of only those that need it.

Teledentistry also must abide by the rules put in place by HIPAA. These laws provide broad rights for patients’ privacy and provide patients the means to know who and why different parties have access to their information. This set of laws applies to traditional dental services, but also encompasses teledentistry services due to their need for sensitive medical information.

Patients should also ask companies to provide the name of any service that will have access to their dental records. Many providers work with third parties to perform additional services and therefore, may need to share your information with them. Any reputable company should be happy to share what information is provided to third parties.

Teledentistry Safety in the Future

The safety of teledentistry is something that will be watched with a careful eye by dental professionals, government officials, and patients. This scrutiny of the industry is sure to keep standards high, which will provide a safe environment for patients to receive dental care. With more states enacting laws, the safety of teledentistry is poised to remain at high levels far into the future.