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Invisible Braces (Top Brands & Costs)

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Types of Invisible Braces

The term “invisible braces” is an umbrella term for invisible aligners, ceramic or clear braces, and lingual braces.

All of these treatments are more discreet than traditional metal braces. Aligners consist of clear plastic trays, while lingual and clear braces use less noticeable brackets and wires.

Invisible braces can fix the following orthodontic issues:

  • Crowded teeth — not enough space in the jaw for the teeth to align properly
  • Diastema — small gaps between teeth (gapped teeth)
  • Overbite — the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth and jaw
  • Underbite — the lower jaw is pushed forward and overlaps the top front teeth and jaw
  • Crossbite — some bottom teeth are located outside the upper teeth when the jaw is closed
  • Open bite — the upper and lower teeth slant outwards and do not touch when the mouth is closed
  • Overjet — the upper front teeth are ahead of the lower teeth

Clear aligners can fix many malocclusion cases and are becoming increasingly popular for adults who want to improve their smiles. However, not everyone is a candidate for clear aligner treatment. 

Many people can achieve straight teeth with clear aligners. However, in severe cases of malocclusion, traditional braces or other treatments may be required.

If you are interested in straighter teeth or a new smile, speak with your dentist or orthodontist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

What are Invisible Aligners?

In the last two decades, clear aligners have become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments. Invisalign was founded in 1997 and FDA approved in 1998.

Since then, doctors worldwide have used Invisalign and other clear aligner programs to correct teeth alignment problems. 

Clear aligners are virtually invisible and removable custom-fitted plastic trays that straighten your teeth discreetly and comfortably.

The process uses a mold of your teeth and digital 3D computer processing to come up with a custom treatment plan. You will receive a set of aligners and change the plastic aligner tray every couple of weeks until your teeth are in the proper position.

Many people prefer this option because the invisible aligners do not change your appearance the way traditional metal braces do.

In addition, since they are removable, it’s easy to keep up your regular oral health practices, and you can brush and floss the same as before. Treatment time for clear aligners is often less than traditional braces as well.

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In-Office vs. At-Home Invisible Aligners

Most doctors that offer clear aligner treatment in the United States use Invisalign treatment in their offices. However, there are other brands of clear aligners that doctors use, including ClearCorrect and SureSmile.

Going to your dentist or orthodontist for clear aligner treatment provides benefits such as face-to-face interactions and more precise check-ups.

However, Invisalign costs much more than at-home treatment options (usually between $4,000 and $8,000), and some people prefer the convenience of virtual consultations over having to visit their doctor each month.

At-home teeth straightening treatment options include Candid (not entirely remote), byte, SmileDirectClub, ClearCorrect, and more.

These companies will send you an impression kit and then use your mold to develop a custom treatment plan. They will then monitor your progress virtually and mail you new aligners when it is time to change them.

Since these companies work directly with consumers, they cost significantly less than Invisalign aligners (typically under $2,000).

In-Office Aligners At-Home Aligners
Cost $3,000 to $8,000 $1,200 to $2,300
How to Start Visit a licensed dental professional near you Order an at-home impression kit
Financing Options Depends on provider Set payment plans, varies by brand
Treatment Time 12 to 18 months 4 to 12 months
Treatable Cases Mild to severe  Mild, some moderate
Progress Monitoring In-person visits every few weeks 100% remote

4 Best At-Home Invisible Aligners

Based on our research, here are the best at-home invisible aligners:

1. Byte — Editor's Choice

Byte® stands out in the at-home aligner industry for having strong customer support and fast treatment times (4 to 6 months).

As a customer, you’ll receive a HyperByte® with your aligners. This is a dental movement acceleration device that only has to be used for a few minutes a day. Byte claims this helps to straighten teeth quicker.

Read our article comparing the positives and negatives of the HyperByte and similar vibration-based aligner therapies.

Byte has two clear aligners options, including All-Day Aligners or At-Night Aligners. The aligners cost $1,895 to $2,295. The teeth straightening kit costs an additional $95.

We do not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.

Pros
  • Free retainers
  • Aligner-safe whitening foam (BrightByte) 
  • Good customer support
  • No credit check required (100% approval with no credit impact)
  • Payment plan option
Cons
  • Treatment can be less predictable without in-office visits
  • Treatment can be overseen by a dentist or orthodontist (less predictable)
  • No in-depth remote monitoring
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byte®

Convenient treatment

Byte aligners can straighten teeth in 4 to 6 months with daily HyperByte use (a tooth movement acceleration device).

2. SmileDirectClub — Best In-Person Scans

SmileDirectClub is a 6-year-old company that works with licensed doctors, dentists, and orthodontists.

The aligners cost $1,950 (no credit check required). You can get a free 3D scan at a SmileShop or buy a $59 teeth straightening starter kit.

With the payment plan, you’ll pay $250 up-front and $89/24 months. After treatment, you’ll buy a custom retainer for $100 to keep your teeth straight. 

We do not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.

Pros
  • First-ever remote aligner company
  • In-person scans available at SmileShops
  • Free whitening treatment
  • Insurance is accepted
  • No credit check required
  • Payment plan available
Cons
  • Treatment can be overseen by a dentist or orthodontist (less predictable)
  • Can only treat minor to moderate cases of misalignment
  • Customer service can be hard-to-reach 
  • No in-depth remote monitoring
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SmileDirectClub

The biggest aligner company

SmileDirectClub is the largest, longest-standing clear aligner manufacturer.

3. NewSmile — Budget Option

NewSmile is one of the most affordable at-home aligners. The aligners claim to be more comfortable because they do not touch your gums. They are trimmed to sit along your gum line in a ‘scalloped fashion.’

NewSmile’s Fast Track Aligners are worn for 22+ hours a day. Treatment takes between 4 and 6 months, but sometimes up to a year. They cost $1,245. The Night Aligners require less daily wear time (10+ hours a day). They cost $1,345.

We do not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.

Pros
  • Hundreds less than leading brands
  • The aligners have scalloped edges for increased comfortability
  • Video call available with an ‘impression specialist’
  • NewSmile App to track progress
  • Free whitening foam for aligners
  • Free retainers (first set)
  • Refund on impression kit if you aren’t a candidate
Cons
  • It is not always best to go with the cheapest option (treatment is more hands-off after you approve the plan)
  • Newer aligner company; not many reviews
  • No in-depth remote monitoring
newsmile impression kit

NewSmile

Budget option

NewSmile aligners are trimmed along your gum line to provide a comfortable and less visible treatment experience.

They also offer live video chats with a specialist to ensure you make accurate impressions.

NewSmile aligners are more affordable than other brands.

4. Candid — Hybrid Option

Candid only works with licensed orthodontists to design and oversee your treatment, rather than general dentists. This allows a higher level of treatment consistency and reliability.

The same orthodontist who creates your treatment plan will oversee your treatment from start to finish. Candid aligner treatment takes about six months (on average). 

Candid aligners cost $3,300 on average. This can vary based on your location, as well as what provider you see and your level of malocclusion.

Some CandidPro providers may offer the ability to make monthly payments. You also have no direct financial relationship with Candid — the CandidPro provider is also your health care provider.

To begin treatment with Candid, you can visit a CandidPro location for an initial consultation. If you are approved for treatment, you’ll receive the aligners within a few weeks.

Pros
  • Best remote monitoring and care
  • In-depth scans via the CandidApp
  • CandidPro locations are growing across the U.S. (where x-rays and 3D teeth scans are taken by trained dental professionals) 
  • Can treat most minor to severe cases of teeth misalignment
  • Candidates are carefully selected based on eligibility
  • Free whitening foam for aligners
  • Every treatment plan is monitored by a licensed orthodontist
  • An established orthodontist, Dr. Hurst, oversees the product, vision, and safety of customers
  • Communicative customer service
Cons
  • No guarantees (depends on provider)
  • No at-home impression kit option (if you prefer this)
  • More expensive than at-home brands
  • Treatment can be less predictable without in-office visits
candid aligner kit

Candid

Comprehensive care

Every treatment plan is overseen by a qualified orthodontist with over 20 years of experience. Treatment is monitored in the CandidApp.

Candid treatment costs $3,300 (price may change depending on various factors). 

You can begin treatment by visiting a CandidPro location:

Other Types of Invisible Braces

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are metal brackets that get attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front.

They are the least visible type of metal braces available and can correct most of the same issues that traditional braces can.

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However, some people find them more uncomfortable since they can irritate your tongue easily and temporarily affect your speech.

They also may cost more and have a longer treatment time than conventional braces. 

The average cost of conventional metal braces is $3,000 to $7,350, while lingual braces range from $5,000 to $13,000.

Ceramic or Clear Braces

Ceramic braces, also known as clear braces, are very similar to traditional metal braces.

They function the same, except ceramic braces use tooth-colored brackets and clear or white rubber bands.

Though many teens and adults prefer their look over silver or gold metal brackets, they are still visible. 

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Takeaways

Invisible braces are a popular option for teens and adults looking for straight teeth and a beautiful smile.

Clear aligners are the most convenient and cost-effective way to correct crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and other mild to moderate forms of malocclusion, while lingual or ceramic braces are the best option for severe cases.

Speak with your dentist or orthodontist to find out which treatment option is best for you.

Invisible Braces FAQs

How much do invisible braces cost?

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Do invisible braces really work?

Yes, invisible braces are an excellent option for treating cases of malocclusion.

What are the cheapest invisible braces?

Candid aligners are one of the most cost-effective and highly rated invisible braces on the market. They are a direct-to-consumer brand to make it convenient and affordable for customers.

How long do you have to wear invisible braces?

Your treatment time will vary depending on the type of invisible braces and the severity of your condition. The average treatment time is around six to eight months but can vary from three to 36 months. Some people will need refinements (additional aligners or elastic rubber bands) at the end of their treatment to ensure optimal results. 

Last updated on May 6, 2022
5 Sources Cited
Last updated on May 6, 2022
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