Invisible Braces Buying Guide

Our picks for best invisible braces – When making our top picks for invisible braces, we weighed several factors: customer reviews and ratings, cost, average treatment plan, impression types, and daytime versus nighttime options.

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Our pick for shortest treatment time

Byte

Cost: $1,895

  • Treatment duration: 3 to 6 months
  • Impression type: Putty mold
  • Day/night options: Offers both

Byte is an at-home clear aligner brand that serves customers in all 50 states. Start by taking a five-minute assessment, then the company sends an impression kit to your doorstep with instructions. Byte’s team analyzes your answers and impressions to decide if you’re a candidate for treatment. If you do not qualify, the cost of the impression kit is refunded.

One of the biggest advantages of Byte is that you don't have to visit an orthodontist in person. Byte works with you through a teledentistry service, which makes it a convenient choice.

Cost: The impression kit costs $95 (refundable upon non-qualification). The nighttime aligners cost $2,295, and the daytime aligners cost $1,895.

Treatment time: Byte’s daytime aligners need to be worn for about 10 to 22 hours a day for up to six months.

Impression type: Byte delivers a putty mold impression kit to your home.

Day/night options: Both nighttime and daytime options are available, but the nighttime option is recommended only for very mild corrections.

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Our pick for orthodontic collaboration

Candid

  • Cost: $2,400
  • Treatment duration: 6 to 11 months
  • Impression type: 3D scan or putty mold
  • Day/night options: Daytime only

Candid follows a hybrid service model that uses brick-and-mortar dental centers and at-home checkups. You can either visit one of their locations or order a starter kit for $95. The company uses the kit to determine whether or not you qualify for the aligners — if you don’t, the cost of the kit is refunded.

Candid uses exclusively orthodontists — many other dental service providers use both general dentists and orthodontists. It also offers one-time or monthly payment plans.

Cost: The starter kit costs $95 (refundable upon non-qualification). For the aligners, you can choose between a one-time payment of $1,900 or monthly payments of $88 for 24 months.

Treatment time: Candid treatment can last from six months to about eleven months.

Impression type: 3D scan for in-person visits and putty impressions used at home.

Day/night options: Daytime only.

Our pick for in-person and at-home treatments

SmileDirectClub

  • Cost: $1,950
  • Treatment duration: 4 to 6 months
  • Impression type: 3D scan or putty mold
  • Day/night options: Offers both

Since its inception in 2014, SmileDirectClub has helped more than a million patients. The company offers in-person and at-home assistance. For the latter, you can order an impression kit for $59. If you’d prefer in-person assistance, you can visit one of its 300 clinics nationwide.

SmileDirectClub offers one-time and monthly payment options. This is particularly helpful for those on a budget.

Cost: The impression kit costs $59, and the treatment costs $1,950 upfront or $89 monthly for 24 months with a $250 down payment.

Treatment time: SmileDirectClub aligners can work to correct teeth alignment within four to six months.

Impression type: 3D scan available in person and impression kit available at home.

Day/night options: SmileDirectClub offers nighttime and daytime aligners.

Our pick for complex ortho issues

Invisalign

  • Cost: $3,000 to $7,100
  • Treatment duration: 12 to 18 months
  • Impression type: 3D scans and X-rays
  • Day/night options: Offers both

Invisalign offers in-person checkups and treatment only. While this may not be the most convenient option, the company provides smart solutions to more complex dental problems. Invisalign employs SmartForce technology to attach tooth-colored shapes to your teeth for additional correction. Invisalign's treatment is slightly more expensive than you'll find with our other picks, but it’s a good option for those who need major corrections. It can also take longer if complex corrections are necessary.

Cost: Invisalign treatments typically cost between $3,000 and $7,100, depending on the level of correction required.

Treatment time: The estimated treatment period ranges from 12 to 18 months.

Impression type: 3D scans and X-rays available on location.

Day/night options: Both nighttime and daytime aligners are available, depending on the kind of treatment needed.

Our pick for treatment cost

AlignerCo

  • Cost: $1,145
  • Treatment duration: 6 to 11 months
  • Impression type: Putty mold
  • Day/night options: Offers both

AlignerCo is an affordable at-home dental treatment service. Its clear aligners are typically less expensive than other clear aligner options. The process is simple — you need to answer an online questionnaire and then purchase an impression kit to see if you qualify for treatment. The kit costs $39, which is refunded if you’re not a good candidate for treatment. The impression kit is also more affordable than that of some of its counterparts.

AlignerCo doesn't have any physical locations for customers to visit. The company’s aligners are handmade with FDA-approved materials and should be worn for approximately 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results.

Cost: The impression kit costs $39 (refundable upon non-qualification), and the treatment costs $1,145 — one of the lowest prices on the market.

Treatment time: AlignerCo’s treatment takes between 6 to 11 months.

Impression type: Putty mold available at home.

Day/night options: Both nighttime and daytime aligners are available, depending on the kind of correction needed.

(sources: consumeraffairs.com)