Braces Vs. Invisalign® Vs. Smile Direct Club

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In the modern world of orthodontics, multiple options are available to individuals seeking a straighter smile. Technological advancement has brought forth various solutions, including braces, Invisalign®, and Smile Direct Club. 

These orthodontic treatments offer unique features that cater to different preferences and needs. Understanding the differences between these treatments will help you determine which is best. 

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Braces have long been the most traditional and well-known method of orthodontic treatment. Using metal brackets, wires, and elastics, braces apply constant pressure to move teeth into alignment effectively.

One of the notable advantages of braces is their effectiveness in treating complex dental issues. They can address many problems, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and bite misalignments. Braces are also known for their durability and stability during the treatment process.

While braces offer excellent results regarding tooth movement, they have some drawbacks. The most obvious is their visibility. However, it’s important to note that orthodontic advancements have also brought about alternatives to traditional metal braces that are less conspicuous and still budget-friendly, such as clear and ceramic braces.


Invisalign® is a popular and innovative alternative to traditional braces, offering a discreet and convenient approach to teeth straightening. The treatment involves the use of clear, custom-made aligners that are worn over the teeth.

These aligners are individually customized to fit snugly over the teeth, providing gentle pressure to gradually shift them into their desired positions. The removable aligners allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions and maintain proper oral hygiene by easily brushing and flossing your teeth.

Smile Direct Club

Smile Direct Club is a company that offers an at-home teeth straightening solution. It utilizes clear aligners similar to those used in Invisalign® treatment, but with a key difference — no in-person orthodontist visits are required.

With Smile Direct Club, individuals can get started by visiting one of their SmileShops for a 3D scan of their teeth or ordering an at-home impression kit. After creating the necessary molds or scans, a remote team of dentists and orthodontists assesses the case and designs a customized treatment plan using clear aligners.

The aligners are shipped directly to the individual’s doorstep on a scheduled basis. Throughout the treatment process, progress is monitored through virtual check-ins and regular communication with the Smile Direct Club dental team.

It’s important to note that while Smile Direct Club offers an alternative method for teeth straightening, it may not be suitable for complex orthodontic cases that require more extensive supervision and intervention. 

Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign®

Brace pros:

  • Effective for treating complex dental issues such as severe misalignments, bite problems, and overcrowding
  • Orthodontists can make precise adjustments throughout the treatment
  • Provides stable and consistent tooth movement during treatment
  • Generally less expensive compared to clear aligners

Braces Cons:

  • Noticeable appearance with metal brackets and wires, which may affect confidence
  • The presence of brackets and wires can cause discomfort and mouth irritation
  • Requires more challenging oral hygiene maintenance with additional care needed for cleaning around brackets and wires

Invisalign® Pros:

  • Virtually invisible aligners offer a discreet treatment option that may boost confidence during teeth straightening
  • Smooth aligners minimize mouth irritation and discomfort compared to traditional braces
  • Removable aligners allow for easier oral hygiene maintenance and unrestricted eating habits
  • Digital technology allows for a more detailed treatment plan and visualization of results

Invisalign® Cons:

  • Invisalign® may not be suitable for complex orthodontic cases that require more extensive intervention
  • The aligners must be worn for at least 20-22 hours daily to ensure effective results
  • Treatment time with Invisalign® can vary, usually ranging from 6 to 18 months, depending on individual factors
  • Invisalign® treatment may have a higher cost than traditional braces

Smile Direct Club Vs. Invisalign®

Smile Direct Club Pros:

  • Convenient and accessible, as it offers an at-home teeth straightening solution without the need for frequent in-person orthodontist visits
  • Remote monitoring allows for flexible treatment and fewer appointments
  • It can be less expensive than Invisalign®

Smile Direct Club Cons:

  • Not suitable for complex orthodontic cases that require extensive supervision or intervention
  • No in-person interaction with dental professionals may be an issue for individuals who prefer seeing an orthodontist in person
  • Potential risks associated with self-managed treatment, as there is limited access to professional care if problems arise

Invisalign® Pros And Cons:

The Invisalign® pros and cons are the same as they are when compared to traditional braces. Additionally, Invisalign® allows for in-office monitoring, which ensures treatment is progressing on schedule.

Which Orthodontic Treatment Works The Fastest?

Traditional braces typically have a slight advantage over Invisalign® and other clear aligner systems. Braces are known to exert more force on the teeth, sometimes allowing for faster movement.

That being said, recent technological advancements have allowed Invisalign® to offer accelerated treatment options. For example, Invisalign® ‘s Propel Orthodontics uses micro-osteoperforation (MOPS) or small vibrations to enhance tooth movement and potentially reduce treatment time.

Ultimately, it is best to consult with an experienced orthodontist who can assess your specific case and recommend the most suitable option for achieving optimal results within a reasonable timeframe.

What Is The Smile Direct Club Price?

The cost of Smile Direct Club treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity and the specific treatment plan prescribed to you. Generally, Smile Direct Club’s prices range from around $1,950 to $2,295 for their standard aligner treatment.

It is worth noting that additional costs may apply for certain treatments or if extra aligners are needed during treatment. These prices typically include the initial impression kit or in-person scan, custom-made aligners, a set of retainers after completion, and access to remote monitoring by dental professionals throughout your treatment.

Will Dental Insurance Cover The Cost Of Treatment?

The coverage of orthodontic treatment by dental insurance varies depending on your specific insurance plan. Some dental insurance plans may include coverage for orthodontic treatment, including options like braces or Invisalign®. 

However, it is important to note that not all plans cover these treatments, and the extent of coverage can vary. Before starting any orthodontic treatment, it is best to contact your orthodontist’s office or dental insurance provider directly.

What If I Do Not Have Insurance?

There are several viable options to cover the cost of orthodontic treatment without insurance. For example, our Smile Saver membership program at Absolute Dental can save you between 30 to 50 percent off orthodontic treatments. We also offer financing options that allow you to make low monthly payments.

How Do You Clean Clear Aligners?

Cleaning clear aligners is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene and ensuring the effectiveness of your treatment. Here are some tips for cleaning clear aligners:

  • Brushing: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and gentle, non-abrasive toothpaste to brush your aligners both morning and night. Gently brush all surfaces of the aligner, including the inside and outside.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water: After meals or snacks, rinse your aligners thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove any food particles or residue that may have accumulated
  • Avoid hot water: Hot water can damage or deform the aligners
  • Keep them safe when not in use: Store your clean aligners in their designated case when you’re not wearing them, and avoid leaving them exposed to air as they could become dry and warped

Which Orthodontic Treatment Is Best?

Focus is on a woman smiling as she holds clear aligners in one hand and a model of a mouth with traditional braces in the other.

The “best” orthodontic treatment depends on individual preferences, oral health conditions, and specific dental needs. Each orthodontic option has its advantages and drawbacks to consider. 

To determine which treatment is best, schedule a consultation at Absolute Dental in Las Vegas or Reno with one of our orthodontists, who can evaluate your specific needs, analyze any underlying issues such as bite problems or misalignment, and accurately assess which treatments would best suit your needs to achieve a beautiful smile. 

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