How Do SmileCorrect Aligners Differ From Invisalign?

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When you’re considering straightening your teeth without braces, SmileCorrect™ teeth aligners from Dental Express in San Diego, CA is a great option. With SmileCorrect, a patient’s bite is improved by wearing clear and removable teeth aligners. These are custom made to fit comfortably in your mouth throughout the day. You can remove them during mealtime and while brushing and flossing. During a consultation, our professional dental team can help decide if you’re a viable candidate for this orthodontic option.

How SmileCorrect & Invisalign® Work

When you choose to have SmileCorrect or Invisalign orthodontic care, our dentists will take digital x-rays and digital impressions of your jaw and teeth. These images are used to create your custom teeth aligners. Once you receive your aligners, we will schedule you for a fitting in San Diego, CA. You will wear a set of aligners for a period of time (usually a week or two) to apply constant, yet gentle, force to your teeth. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled every few weeks to track your progress and to give you new aligners. With Invisalign, you will have more follow-up visits.

Who is the best candidate for SmileCorrect aligners?

SmileCorrect is best for those with:

  • Crowded teeth

  • Misaligned bites

  • Crooked teeth

  • Excess gaps

  • Severe overbites

  • Rotated teeth

While there are many orthodontic treatments that can improve a bite, alignment, or spacing, SmileCorrect has other added benefits. The clear teeth aligners make it hard to tell that you’re wearing orthodontics at all. As compared to Invisalign, SmileCorrect is less costly and is made in the United States. It is a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to undergo a long orthodontic treatment and wants to straighten their teeth in a discreet way. Also, this option allows you to ensure your teeth and gums are cleaned regularly, unlike metal braces that can be more difficult to keep clean.

What’s the difference between SmileCorrect and Invisalign?

While both of them work almost identically, there are some differences. SmileCorrect is meant for more mild orthodontic problems that require a shorter treatment time and fewer visits to the orthodontist. SmileCorrect also is more affordable due to the independent style of correction it provides patients. This is especially great for those who don’t have dental insurance coverage.

SmileCorrect aligners follow-up

To check your progress and make adjustments, we will schedule a series of follow-up appointments every few weeks during your orthodontic treatment. It’s important that you take great care to keep your teeth, gums, and aligners clean so that you don’t develop any tooth decay. Flossing, brushing, and rinsing with mouthwash are important aspects of a successful at-home oral hygiene routine. You should always clean or rinse your clear teeth aligners before putting them back into your mouth. After you complete your SmileCorrect treatment, you will have to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from returning to their original position. Regular dental exams at Dental Express will help monitor your alignment, bite, and oral health too.

Will my insurance cover SmileCorrect?

This depends on your oral health situation. If we can show that SmileCorrect treatment will improve your oral health, your insurance company may cover your treatment. However, if you’re choosing to have this treatment for solely cosmetic reasons, you likely will have to pay for the treatment without coverage. Our team can help advise you on all costs associated with this treatment before you commit to any procedure. Typically, SmileCorrect costs anywhere from $2,500 – $3,500 while Invisalign costs anywhere from $3,500 – $6,000.

Learn more about how to straighten your teeth with SmileCorrect teeth aligners

To learn more about SmileCorrect and other orthodontic treatments, schedule an appointment with our dentists at Dental Express. Having straight teeth makes your teeth look great and also improves your oral health. This means your teeth and gums look and feel their best. To schedule your appointment, call our San Diego, CA dental office today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.