ALIGNERCO Review

ALIGNERCO: The Best At-Home Budget Option

At-home aligners are a discreet, effective, convenient, and affordable way to straighten your teeth from the comfort of home. The trays are nearly invisible and slowly straighten your teeth in small increments. They can be removed at any time for eating, cleaning, and brushing your teeth. 

On average, at-home aligners cost between $1,100 and $2,400. Candid is the most expensive, while ALIGNERCO is one of the most affordable at-home aligners on the market. 

Compared to competitors, ALIGNERCO is between $750 and $1,200 cheaper. 

Although the price point of ALIGNERCO is appealing to many people, it’s not always the best idea to go with the cheapest option. For example, if you are looking for more hands-on care and remote monitoring, ALIGNERCO may not be the best option for you. 

However, ALIGNERCO aligners are typically a great option if you are on a budget, only have minor teeth misalignment, and do not require intensive remote monitoring. 

Is ALIGNERCO Safe & Effective?

There are mixed reviews as to whether at-home aligners are safe. Many dentists and orthodontists always recommend in-office treatment (like Invisalign or braces) over at-home aligners. This is because these treatments can be monitored closely and it is easier to make adjustments. 

However, at-home aligner treatment is generally considered safe and effective if you follow instructions very carefully throughout treatment. According to one study, 87.5% of respondents were satisfied with their at-home aligner treatment, while 6.6% had to visit their dentist after treatment due to adverse effects.1

Since at-home aligner treatment is still relatively new, more research is still being done on the risks and benefits of treatment.1 But most patients are satisfied with the results and prefer these aligners over traditional treatment due to cost and convenience.1

While at-home aligner treatment comes with risks, current research shows that they are generally low for mild and moderate malocclusions. The risks of in-office treatment are even lower. 

In addition, at-home aligners cannot treat severe cases of misalignment. If you have severely crooked teeth, you’ll likely need braces or Invisalign instead.

“Rather than warning patients wholesale against at-home aligners, it might be more productive for dentists to have frank discussions with them about the risks and benefits.”

- Direct-to-consumer orthodontics: surveying the user experience

Safety is the top priority at ALIGNERCO. While they can’t guarantee that each patient will use the clear aligners correctly, they take all of the necessary precautions and provide detailed instructions to ensure safety and ease of use. They also:

  • Only work with licensed dentists and orthodontists to review, design, and monitor your treatment plan from start to finish. 
  • Are partnered with reputable dental supply manufacturers to create comfortable, BPA-free plastic aligners that form perfectly to your teeth. 
  • Monitor your progress every step of the way to ensure your teeth are moving correctly throughout treatment. They will regularly check in for photos and updates. Based on reviews, ALIGNERCO also has responsive customer service that is available whenever you have a question. You can reach them via email, phone, or by messaging the chatbot on their website to speak to a representative. 

Keep in mind: while ALIGNERCO is more affordable, they are also a newer company with fewer reviews than brands like byte and Candid

How Does ALIGNERCO Work (Step-By-Step)?

The ALIGNERCO treatment process is simple and consists of the following steps: 

1. Teeth Impressions

To begin the teeth straightening process, the first step is to order an impression kit online. These kits are just $39.99. After receiving the kit, you'll take a dental impression at home and send them back to ALIGNERCO.3

One of our writers at NewMouth ordered a starter kit through ALIGNERCO and took the impressions at home. She found that the impressions were easy to take.

The impression process is relatively simple and takes about one hour. It consists of the following steps:

  1. Open the impression kit box and remove items.
  2. Mix one pack of the light putty and one pack of the dark putty.
  3. Roll the putty and place it into the impression tray.
  4. Place the tray in your mouth. Bite down for 3 1/2 minutes (and apply constant pressure)
  5. Repeat these steps until all of the impressions are complete. 

2. Treatment Process

After ALIGNERCO receives your impressions, a licensed dentist or orthodontist will review them in detail. If you aren’t a candidate for treatment, you’ll receive a refund on the starter kit.

If you are a candidate for treatment, your dentist will begin designing your treatment plan, which can take a few weeks to finalize. You’ll have to approve the plan before starting treatment and won’t be charged until then.

3. Remote Monitoring 

Once approved, ALIGNERCO will send the aligner trays straight to your door. You will receive a custom set of clear aligner trays in the mail every two weeks until the treatment process is complete (typically between 12 and 18 months).2

Throughout treatment, ALIGNERCO requires you to send progress photos to track tooth movement every few weeks. If you run into any issues, you can quickly reach out to a team member via email, phone, or chatbot.

4. After Treatment 

To maintain your newly straight smile, ALIGNERCO will provide you with a custom-made retainer. You’ll wear this device every night while you’re sleeping to keep your teeth straight for years to come.3 The retainer is included in the treatment cost. 

ALIGNERCO Treatment Options

ALIGNERCO offers two aligner options, which will affect the duration of treatment: 

alignerco impression kit

SmileAdvantage Aligners Review

ALIGNERCO’s most popular treatment is the SmileAdvantage Clear Aligner. This aligner is worn for 22+ hours a day and can be removed for cleaning, eating, and brushing. The average treatment duration is between 8 and 12 months. 

These aligners cost $1,145 (full price). 

alignerco impression kit

NightAdvantage Aligners Review

ALIGNERCO also offers NightAdvantage Clear Aligners. They have the same benefits as regular aligners but require less daily wear time (8 to 10 hours a day). Treatment takes between 12 and 18 months. 

These aligners cost $1,345 (full price).

What Aligner is Right for You?

If you prefer quicker treatment, the SmileAdvantage Aligners are the best option. But if you prefer not to wear aligners during the day and don’t mind a longer treatment plan, the NightAdvantage Aligners might work better for you. 

Another determining factor is cost. The SmileAdvantage Aligners are $200 cheaper than the NightAdvantage Aligners. 

Pros & Cons of ALIGNERCO

Pros of ALIGNERCO invisible aligners:

  • More affordable than braces and other leading aligner brands
  • Relatively quick treatment time
  • Remote impressions
  • Dentist and orthodontist directed 
  • Night aligner option (wear time is 8 to 10 hours a day)
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Accepts HSA/FSA
  • Starter kit refunds (if you aren’t a candidate)
  • Live chat service, available 24/7

Cons of ALIGNERCO invisible aligners:

  • Mail-in impression kit only (no in-office scans)
  • Remote monitoring is less hands-on than other brands 
  • Not suitable for moderate to severe cases of misalignment 
  • No refunds on treatment 

How Does ALIGNERCO Compare to Competitors?

If you're not sure which aligner is best for you, read the comparisons below:

ALIGNERCO vs. byte

ALIGNERCO is one of the most affordable at-home aligners available ($1,145 to $1,345). Byte aligners cost between $1,895 and $2,245. Although cost-effective, ALIGNERCO treatment takes longer than byte. The average treatment time is between 8 and 18 months vs. 3 to 6 months for byte.

Both byte and ALIGNERCO provide night aligner options. However, byte’s cost $900 more. 

Compare ALIGNERCO and byte (reviews, care & costs).

ALIGNERCO vs. Candid 

Candid is the most expensive at-home aligner on the market ($2,400). You can visit a Candid studio for an in-person scan or order an impression kit online. 

ALIGNERCO treatment typically takes longer than Candid. The average treatment time is between 8 and 12 months vs. 6 to 12 months for Candid.

Unlike byte and ALIGNERCO, Candid doesn’t offer a night aligner option. 

Compare ALIGNERCO and Candid (reviews, care & costs).

ALIGNERCO vs. SmileDirectClub

ALIGNERCO night aligners cost about $600 less than SmileDirectClub night aligners. The average treatment time for SmileDirect is between 4 and 6 months, while ALIGNERCO can take up to 12 months. 

SmileDirect is an older and more well-known brand of at-home aligners. They offer in-person consultations around the U.S.

ALIGNERCO only offers in-person consultations at their New Your Smile Studio. They can also do video consultations upon request.

Compare ALIGNERCO and SmileDirectClub (reviews, care & costs).

ALIGNERCO vs. NewSmile

NewSmile costs about the same as ALIGNERCO but is an even newer company. They also offer a night aligner option. 

Compare ALIGNERCO and NewSmile (reviews, care & costs).

How Much Does ALIGNERCO Cost?

ALIGNERCO costs between $1,145 (regular aligners) and $1,345 (night aligners).

Do They Offer Discounts and Payment Plans?

Yes, ALIGNERCO offers discounts and payment plans. Deals change all the time, so it’s important to check their website for current discount codes. 

With the payment plan, you’ll pay $86 a month for the regular aligners or $104 a month for the night aligners. 

Can I Use an FSA/HSA?

ALIGNERCO accepts HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account).

What About Insurance Coverage?

Your insurance may partially cover ALIGNERCO. You’ll need to inquire with your provider to determine if you’re covered. If your policy includes orthodontic benefits, you’ll likely receive a reimbursement.

Our Feedback: Before You Buy

One of our writers at NewMouth ordered ALIGNERCO’s teeth impression kit online. The process for receiving the kit was quick and easy and the package arrived intact.

From opening the kit to taking the impressions, the process took about one hour.

Positive takeaways:

  1. The impression putty is tasteless and easy to shape/mold into the trays.
  2. The impression process is quick and only takes about one hour. 
  3. The impressions are easy to make as long as you are providing enough pressure.

Negative takeaways:

  1. The impression trays can be uncomfortable. 
  2. You have to take the impressions quickly before the putty hardens. 
  3. There is a higher risk for error with at-home impressions. Most bad impressions are caused by not biting hard and deep enough into the putty.
  4. The kit didn’t come with detailed instructions. 

What People Are Saying About ALIGNERCO

The NewMouth team compiled ALIGNERCO reviews from two websites. We found over 2,500 customer reviews in total. Most of the reviews are positive, while a small percentage of them are negative.

Most of the positive reviews about ALIGNERCO revolve around convenience, affordability, and their customer service.

‘They have the absolute best customer service! I’ve asked about 100 questions and every single one was answered super quickly. They helped me through the impression process and were super nice.’

- Google Review

‘The experience was great as all things were organized. The customer support explained everything in detail and they listened to my concerns and were very knowledgeable. Thanks for your professionalism and correcting my smile.’

- Trustpilot Review

Most of the negative reviews pertain to shipping, refunds, and final results not being 100% accurate. 

‘The whole process took longer than I thought it would, but the final product is good for the price. Will follow up with another review after using the aligners for more than just a week.’

- Trustpilot Review

‘I requested a refund in November after some life events and still have not received it.’

- Google Review

ALIGNERCO: Common Questions & Answers

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about ALIGNERCO:

Is ALIGNERCO legit?

Yes, ALIGNERCO is a legit company. While they are a newer brand of at-home aligners, many reviews show that they provide quality care and have a responsive customer service team. 

What conditions can ALIGNERCO treat?

ALIGNERCO can treat minor cases of teeth misalignment, including slightly crooked, overlapped, or gapped teeth. If you have severely crooked teeth or an overbite, underbite, or open bite—visit your dentist in person. You’ll likely need more intensive treatment with braces, Invisalign, and/or other devices. 

How long does treatment take?

ALIGNERCO treatment takes between 8 and 18 months. 

Do clear aligners hurt?

Clear aligners can be uncomfortable at first, which is completely normal.

Does ALIGNERCO offer refunds?

ALIGNERCO does not offer refunds on treatment. However, if you aren’t a candidate, you’ll receive a refund for the impression kit. 

Does ALIGNERCO have a referral program?

Yes. If you refer a friend, they’ll receive $100 off treatment. You’ll get $100 cash (if they purchase the aligners).

What are some alternatives?

Some alternatives to ALIGNERCO include Candid, byte, and SmileDirectClub. Candid is the most expensive option. But they provide the most detailed care and work directly with licensed and experienced orthodontists. 

Byte offers the quickest treatment (between 3 and 6 months), while SmileDirectClub is the most well-known at-home aligner brand. 


ALIGNERCO Aligners 

Rating by Alyssa Hill

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Summary

ALIGNERCO is one of the most affordable at-home aligners on the market. They are typically a great option if you are on a budget, only have minor teeth misalignment, and do not require intensive remote monitoring.

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Pros

  • More affordable than braces and other leading aligner brands
  • Relatively quick treatment time
  • Remote impressions
  • Dentist and orthodontist directed 
  • Night aligner option (wear time is 8 to 10 hours a day)
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Accepts HSA/FSA
  • Starter kit refunds (if you aren’t a candidate)
  • Live chat service, available 24/7

Cons

  • Mail-in impression kit only (no in-office scans)
  • Remote monitoring is less hands-on than other brands 
  • Not suitable for moderate to severe cases of misalignment 
  • No refunds on treatment 

Resources

(1) Wexler, Anna, et al. “Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontics: Surveying the User Experience.” The Journal of the American Dental Association

(2) Verblio. “Is Teeth Straightening at Home Safe?” ALIGNERCO.

(3) Verblio, and Alignerco. “Teeth Straightening: Invisible Aligners.” ALIGNERCO.

(4) Werner, Alison. “Accelerating Aligner Therapy.” Orthodontic Products, 23 Sept. 2019.

(5) “Anterior Open-Bite Treatment with Clear Aligners by Edward Davis, DMD.” Orthotown.

(6) “Why Candid?,” Candid Co

(7) “Why Byte?,” Byte

(8) “How it works,” SmileDirectClub

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