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Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that serve as a discrete and convenient alternative to braces. Clear aligners are transparent plastic trays that apply gentle pressure to slowly reposition teeth.
Since its introduction in 1998, Invisalign has treated 12 million people, becoming the world’s leading clear aligner brand.
Here’s how Invisalign works:
Here are some pros and cons of getting Invisalign headers:
Invisalign is an effective treatment for many mild-to-severe cases of teeth misalignment.
Invisalign’s treatment time ranges between 12 and 18 months. For minor issues, treatment may be as short as 3 months. A more severe issue, or a combination of issues, may make treatment take longer.
Invisalign’s cost varies according to treatment length, where you live, and your treatment provider.
The average cost of Invisalign in Canada ranges between $2,000 and $8,000. Many dentists and orthodontists offer payment plans to finance treatment. Some are even interest-free.
Dental care is not covered by Canadian Medicare. Instead, the majority of dental and orthodontic treatments are paid with private insurance or out-of-pocket.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, private insurers will generally pay for 50% of dental and orthodontic expenses.2
Aside from Invisalign, most other clear aligners in Canada are at-home aligners. There are a couple of important differences that set Invisalign apart from them.
Invisalign is an in-office aligner. This means treatment involves mandatory visits to the dentist’s or orthodontist’s office.
At-home aligners allow treatment to be done with minimal or no visits to the dentist’s or orthodontist’s office. This is convenient for those with minor teeth alignment problems, but Invisalign can be more precise due to having in-person treatment.
ALIGNERCO is a budget-friendly clear aligner brand. Treatment with its daytime aligners costs $1,285 and takes 4 to 6 months.
Because treatment is monitored completely remotely, it’s a good option for minor teeth alignment issues.
SmileDirectClub pioneered at-home aligner treatment, first introducing the idea back in 2014. They started operating in Canada in 2018.
Despite a lot of companies since entering the industry, SDC still has some useful features, such as:
SmileDirectClub treatment costs $2,825 and takes on average 6 months. We recommend it for mild cases of teeth misalignment.
NewSmile is a newer, Canadian-based clear aligner company that offers teeth realignment for 75% less than braces.
It can correct mild-to-moderate teeth crowding or spacing in 4 to 6 months. A one-time payment for treatment costs $1,649.
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