Not too long ago, traditional metal braces were the norm when it came to orthodontic treatment. Then came the revolutionary product Invisalign which offered a more subtle way of improving your smile with the help of clear, transparent aligners. Due to their success, it should come as no surprise that other companies have tried to create similar products and help people straighten their teeth without the need for metal plates and wires.
If you are now exploring your orthodontic treatment options, then you've probably come across two names: Invisalign and Smile Direct Club.
What's the difference between the two and which one should you choose?
Here's what you need to know.
At first glance, Invisalign and Smile Direct Club are very similar. They both use clear aligners to straighten your teeth and have a somewhat similar process.
First, you will need to make sure that you are actually a good candidate for clear aligners. Then, the technician will take 3D images of your mouth with the help of a digital camera. These images will be used to create the treatment plan and design the aligners. Once you begin the treatment, you will need to change the aligners routinely as your teeth shift into their natural position.
So, what's the difference between the two?
The main differences have to do with the types of misalignments you can treat and how you are receiving the treatment. Smile Direct Club can only address minor misalignments while Invisalign can also treat more severe cases as well as malocclusions. Moreover, in the case of Invisalign treatment, you will be seen by a dentist routinely while with Smile Direct Club, the appointments take place online.
While the decision will ultimately be yours, you need to consider the fact that with Invisalign a registered dentist will supervise your treatment during in-patient consultations. Although the dentists that will supervise your Smile Direct Club treatment are also licensed, the consultations take place online. That means that you will be the one responsible for taking your own photos and impressions. Moreover, the dentist will only see pictures and videos of your teeth and use them. To determine how well the treatment is going and the steps you need to take next. That's very different from an in-person consultation where the dentist can actually examine your mouth and track your progress more appropriately.
Orthodontic treatment means more than the set of clear aligners you will get. There's also the support, advice, and guidance you receive from your dentist during the treatment period.
At Scarsdale Smiles, our goal is to provide emphatic, caring, and gentle dental treatment to our patients. We also focus on educating you so that you get the best tools to take better care of your oral health.
Contact us now to book your appointment and find out if Invisalign treatment is right for you.