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Clear aligners are also known as invisible braces. They are a convenient and nearly invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Many teens and adults opt for aligners because they can be removed at any time and straighten teeth discreetly.
Aligners should be worn for 22+ hours a day. You’ll swap the trays out with a new set every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on your treatment plan. This cycle repeats until your teeth are straight and aligned.
For mild to moderate teeth misalignment, aligner treatment takes 6 to 10 months on average. Very minor issues may take just 3 to 4 months. However, treatment for severe teeth misalignment typically takes 12 or more months.
Two types of aligners are available in Canada: in-office and at-home.
Invisalign is the most established in-office aligner in Canada. To begin treatment, you have to visit a certified Invisalign provider for an initial consultation. You’ll visit this same provider for routine check-ups throughout treatment.
At-home aligners are a flexible and less expensive alternative to in-office options like Invisalign. Treatment is 100% remote from start to finish.
First, you order a home impression kit instead of setting up a consultation with a licensed dental professional. Then, you’ll take the impressions yourself and send them back to have a treatment plan created.
After you accept the treatment plan, the aligners are shipped to your home address, either all at once or in stages. Treatment may be monitored through an app. The assigned dentist or orthodontist on your case will review progress to ensure your teeth are moving correctly.
Note: Some at-home aligner brands (like SmileDirectClub) have in-person studios for initial scans. Most others only have an impression kit option.
Most of the aligners recommended in this review are at-home options (best for mild teeth misalignment). This includes slightly crowded, gapped, or crooked teeth.
We recommend in-office aligners if you need or want more comprehensive care, don’t mind the cost, and have more severe teeth misalignment.
To help determine which option is right for you, we’ve ranked the 4 best aligners in Canada. The factors we considered while ranking each brand include:
NewMouth is a leading authority on clear aligner treatment. We’ve reviewed aligners around the world since the industry’s inception. Our team has also talked to company CEOs, consulted with independent orthodontists, and conducted in-depth research on a variety of aligner treatment modalities.
Based on our research, here are the top aligners in Canada:
Invisalign is an established, trusted leader in the aligner industry. They have treated over 10 million patients around the world since the 1990s.
Invisalign can treat 90% of orthodontic cases, which is why it’s our #1 recommendation for aligner treatment. This includes mild to severe malocclusions (teeth misalignment) like:
Unlike at-home aligners, Invisalign has a comprehensive treatment process and in-person monitoring. You have to visit your provider for check-ups throughout treatment. These are required every 6 to 8 weeks.
During the initial consultation, your Invisalign doctor will take a fast and precise 3D model of your teeth using the iTero Element® scanner. Then, they map out a custom treatment plan for you.
Invisalign also uses buttons to treat more severe bite problems, which is not possible with at-home brands. Buttons attach to the tooth surfaces and act as anchors for interarch bands. These bands apply additional pressure to reposition the jaw, providing more accurate results. Small rubber bands (elastics) are also used.
|Cost||$3,000 to $7,000 CAD|
|Payment Plan||Many Invisalign providers offer payment plans, but it depends entirely on your treatment plan and length|
|Treatment Time||6 to 18 months, sometimes more or less|
NewSmile is a newer and affordable at-home aligner. The brand has offered 100% remote care since 2020. At just $1,899 CAD, NewSmile has some of the lowest cost aligners on the market.
The only way to begin treatment is by ordering an impression kit, taking them yourself, and sending them back. You can also set up a video call with an ‘impression specialist’ to ensure accuracy. From there, a custom treatment plan is created and progress is monitored via the NewSmile Monitoring App.
You can also take a ‘Smile Assessment’ quiz on NewSmile’s website before ordering a kit. If you aren’t eligible for treatment, you’ll receive a refund on the impression kit.
NewSmile has two treatment options: Fast Track Aligners and Night Aligners. However, we do not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.
You are likely eligible for NewSmile treatment if you have:
|Cost||$1,899 to $2,099 CAD|
|Payment Plan||$97 to $106/month|
|Treatment Time||4 to 6 months, sometimes more or less|
NewSmile is our #1 recommendation for remote teeth straightening in Canada. They have affordable plans and a remote monitoring service.
SmileDirectClub (SDC) is the most established remote aligner in Canada. They have treated over a million patients since 2014 and expanded treatment to Canada in 2018.
There are two ways to begin treatment: order an impression kit online or visit a SmileShop in person for a risk-free consultation and 3D scan.
SmileDirectClub currently has retail locations (SmileShops) in Alberta and British Columbia. They also recently opened stores inside Walmarts across Canada. You can visit one of these shops to have your teeth scanned in person. These scans are often more comprehensive than home impressions.
If you aren’t a candidate, you’ll get a full refund for the impression kit. The in-person scans are also risk-free.
|Payment Plan||$115/24 months ($300 down payment)|
|Treatment Time||4 to 6 months, on average|
SDC is the oldest at-home aligner company, with thousands of online reviews. Some are negative, while others are positive. Read the ‘safety’ section of our full SDC review to learn more.
ALIGNERCO has the least expensive clear aligners on the market. Treatment starts at $1,635 CAD (or $137 for 12 months with the payment plan).
Although affordable, if you want detailed remote monitoring and have more severe alignment issues, ALIGNERCO is not the right choice. They also do not work directly with orthodontists and dentists, which can affect the quality of care.
To begin the teeth straightening process, the first step is to order an impression kit online. These kits are just $75. After you receive the kit, you'll take a dental impression at home and send them back to have a custom plan created.
ALIGNERCO also sells NightOnly Clear Aligners (not recommended). Wear time is 8 to 10 hours a day and the treatment duration is 8 to 12 months.
|Payment Plan||$137/mo for 12 months (SmileFlex) or $123/mo for 12 months with a $395 down payment (SmileFlex Easy)|
|Treatment Time||4 to 6 months, on average|
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