Posted on Jun 16, 2021 6:00 am
The debate rages on! Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club has been a conversation that many people have been having lately. While Smile Direct Club increases its visibility with extensive advertising, Invisalign just keeps plodding along. But what is the real deal? Is Invisalign better than Smile Direct Club? Are they the same thing in a different package? We examined both for cost, efficiency, reliability, and other factors.
Cost Analysis — Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club
In a head-to-head cost analysis, Smile Direct Club is much less expensive than Invisalign. However, for that cost savings, there are many areas where the club falls short. The first is that SDC is only suitable for minor orthodontic problems. These include light crowding, minor gap teeth, and slight misalignment issues. On the other hand, Invisalign can effectively correct minor to complex orthodontic problems.
The self-service of SDC is one of the factors affecting cost. Users of this product are not required to seek dental consultation. Order a kit, use the goopy trays to make an impression of your teeth, send them off to SDC and they send you a set of tray aligners to wear while you sleep.
The national average for Invisalign can range from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on the severity of the malocclusion. With SDC, the pricing can range from $1,500 to $2,500 and possibly more. The major advantage of Invisalign is that all providers are certified by Align Technology. They have training provided by the manufacturer and must adhere to specific regulations. Invisalign is an FDA-approved treatment while SDC is not.
The initial kit for SDC costs a flat fee when purchased, but that amount is refundable if SDC can’t help. If cost is your only concern, Smile Direct Club is a definite win.
Efficiency and Reliability Analysis
When it comes to reliability and proven results, Invisalign is the hands-down winner. Since receiving FDA approval in 1998, Invisalign has a 22-year track record of successful treatments. With over 9 million straight smiles, they remain the industry leader when it comes to clear alignment trays.
Smile Direct Club entered the market in 2014 at the beginning of the teledentistry boom. For minor malocclusions, it is a viable alternative. Their five-year record includes more satisfied customers than detractors.
Convenience and Availability of Treatment
With Invisalign, patients must see an orthodontist in person. Although most do offer a complimentary consultation, there is a time commitment, traveling to and from the office, and additional concerns brought on with the COVID pandemic.
Smile Direct Club is entirely remote, meaning you never have to leave your home. You can order the initial kit online. After making your impressions, they are sent to SDC for processing. A 3D model allows them to create tray aligners that work while you sleep. They send you your sequenced alignment trays with instructions for proper use.
Treatment Duration — Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club
Although SDC would win this based solely on treatment duration, there are other considerations. SDC works only with minor problems, so naturally, the treatment period is shorter, averaging about six months. Because Invisalign can tackle minor and complex problems, average treatment periods range from 12 to 18 months and sometimes longer.
It’s Your Decision — Our Final Thoughts
Although it is more expensive, Invisalign is the recommended way to straighten your smile. Your treatment is moderated by a certified provider and is FDA-approved. Payment plans are available to keep the costs manageable within your budget.
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