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SmileDirectClub Vs. Invisalign – What’s The Difference?

SmileDirectClub and Invisalign are both clear aligner treatments that are an alternative to braces in Port Orange. But SmileDirectClub advertises itself as costing about 60% less compared to Invisalign.

Why is that? What is the difference between SmileDirectClub and Invisalign? And isn’t SmileDirectClub a better option if you can get the same results for less? 

In this blog from Smillie Dental, we’ll take a look at the differences between these treatments, and discuss why we recommend avoiding SmileDirectClub, and choosing Invisalign treatment from a qualified dentist instead.

SmileDirectClub Is “Monitored” By A Dentist – But Isn’t Delivered In Person

SmileDirectClub is a mail-order service. Before you get treatment, you need to go to a “SmileShop” to have your teeth checked and scanned to make a 3D image of your mouth, which is used to develop your treatment. Or, you can even opt to take at-home impressions of your smile.

Then, your treatment plan is built, and your aligners are sent right to your door. You will have periodic “virtual check-ins” with a dentist or orthodontist to ensure your treatment is on track. This consists of taking pictures of your smile and sending them to SmileDirectClub.

But the problem is that you never see a dentist for an in-person consultation. This leads to a lot of issues. It’s more difficult to adjust your treatment if your teeth aren’t moving properly, which is common. 

There’s also nobody to check if your mouth is healthy enough for aligner treatment, or to monitor your progress. This has resulted in problems like broken teeth and nerve damage for some patients who used this service.

Finally, SmileDirectClub is more limited. They are transparent about this on their website, admitting that the treatment is used only for minor-to-moderate tooth alignment issues. But it can’t be used to treat most bite problems, unlike Invisalign. 

Invisalign Is Delivered And Monitored By A Qualified Invisalign Dentist

Invisalign is not done virtually or by mail. Instead, you’ll see a qualified Invisalign dentist like Dr. Joseph or Dr. Helen Smillie. They will perform a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation to see if you qualify for Invisalign, and to check on your oral health before the treatment begins.

Then, Dr. Helen or Dr. Joseph will work with Invisalign to build your treatment plan. You’ll get your aligners and wear them according to their instructions, and swap to a new set of aligners about every 2 weeks. You’ll also come back to Smillie Dental about every 4-6 weeks for a checkup.

This means that your dentist will work closely with you to ensure the best results, protect your oral health, and avoid complications. Invisalign is delivered under close supervision, which is not the case with SmileDirectClub.

Schedule An Invisalign Consultation In Port Orange Today – Take The First Step!

While it is more expensive, Invisalign is a safer, more effective, and more versatile orthodontic treatment. We suggest that you avoid SmileDirectClub. Although it’s certainly inexpensive, it’s not worth the risk. 

If you want to enhance your smile and are interested in Invisalign in Port Orange, contact Smillie Dental online or call us at (386) 317-4754. A better smile is just a click or a call away, so get started today. 

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