With off-the-shelf and mail-order aligners becoming more and more readily available, is there any reason to stick to Invisalign?
Besides the warnings the AAO has issued concerning remotely-prescribed aligners, Invisalign still shines above the rest. Here’s how.
Aligners made from SmartTrack material [Invisalign] provide better fit, better comfort, and are easier to insert and remove than aligners made of off-the-shelf, single-layer .030 in material.Align Technology
Invisalign aligners are custom-built for you and your comfort. To illustrate: on every aligner, your gum line is custom-cut. This prevents some of the gum irritation that comes with wearing aligners. Additionally, all of your aligners are individually checked for quality before you receive them.
Invisalign aligners are faster than ever. Recent advancements in Invisalign technology allow one-week aligner wear. This is twice as fast as the old standard of two-week aligner wear!
Remotely-prescribed aligners also don’t have SmartForce® attachments. These attachments provide leverage for your aligners to push on, speeding up treatment. They also allow orthodontists to treat more complex cases without braces. Remotely-prescribed aligners can only straighten crooked teeth, not solve complex cases.
More Predictable and Controllable
In short: remotely-sourced aligners don’t have the kind of monitoring necessary for the best results. Your orthodontist can make minute adjustments to your Invisalign treatment as needed. An orthodontist across the country can’t.
The same attachments that speed up treatment also allow for more precision. Because remote orthodontists can’t give you attachments, you risk less precise, less controllable movement.