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What Is the Difference Between Invisalign and SmileStyler?

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Dental braces are a common sight, with hundreds of thousands of people in Australia wearing them at any given time. But for those who don’t want to deal with clunky metal wires and brackets, clear aligners are an alternative to traditional metal braces.

Invisalign and SmileStyler are two types of braces that have grown in popularity in recent years. Both are clear braces systems that can help straighten teeth through a series of aligners. But what are the distinct differences between the two? And which is right for you?

In this blog post, we’ll break down the differences between Invisalign and SmileStyler, so you can decide which system is best for you. Keep reading to learn more!

What is a SmileStyler Clear Aligner?

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SmileStyler is the latest in aligner technology. They are clear, custom-fit, removable aligners that are a popular choice for people who want to straighten their teeth without metal brackets and wires. The aligners are made of clear, flexible plastic and are nearly invisible when worn.

These invisible aligners are customized to fit your individual teeth and move them gradually into the desired position. Most people will need to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day and will need to switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks or so. Treatment typically takes 6-24 months, although this can vary depending on the individual.

SmileStyler clear aligners are a safe and effective way to achieve straighter teeth, and treatment is usually much more affordable than traditional braces. If you’re considering SmileStyler clear aligners, be sure to consult with a dental professional to see if they’re right for you.

What Are the Things to Know Before Getting Clear Aligners?

SmileStyler clear aligners are a popular choice for orthodontic treatment, but you should know a few things before you decide to get them.

  • SmileStyler clear aligners are not suitable for everyone. If you have severely rotated teeth or very large gaps between your teeth, SmileStyler clear aligners may not be able to correct your problem.
  • Although called ‘invisible braces,’ SmileStyler clear aligners are not completely invisible. While they are much less noticeable than conventional braces, they will still be slightly visible when you smile.
  • The aligners can take some time to get used to. They must be worn for at least 22 hours a day, and they can cause some discomfort initially.
  • Wearing SmileStyler clear aligners requires commitment. You need to brush and floss your teeth more carefully because food and plaque can get stuck between the aligners and your teeth, leading to cavities and gum disease.
  • SmileStyler clear aligners are not cheap. The cost of treatment can vary depending on the severity of your problem, but it is typically several thousand dollars.

SmileStyler vs. Invisalign

Both Invisalign and SmileStyler are orthodontic aligner treatments. They are both popular, but how do they differ from each other? Let’s compare the two in terms of patient suitability, treatment process and length, and cost.

Suitability

Despite their popularity, not everyone is a suitable candidate for SmileStyler and Invisalign, such as those with severe misalignment problems. Below are the qualifications for these clear aligners.

SmileStyler

Those considered good candidates for SmileStyler are people:

  • with good oral health
  • who have good oral hygiene habits
  • who want to improve their smile
  • who are good candidates for braces but don’t want to wear them
  • with crowded teeth, gaps between their teeth, bite function issues, and other dental issues

Invisalign

Who makes a good candidate for Invisalign? These are patients who:

  • have good dental hygiene and healthy gums
  • have realistic expectations for their treatment
  • who have mild to moderate cases of misaligned teeth
  • have gaps in their teeth
  • who want to avoid brackets and wires
  • have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and bite issues
  • who are looking for a discreet way to improve their smile
  • have not undergone extensive dental work, such as caps or bridges
Treatment Process and Length

The treatment process and length for each form of orthodontic treatment are as follows.

SmileStyler

The dental procedure for SmileStyler begins with a consult with a SmileStyler provider to discuss your goals and decide which aligner treatment options are right for you. They will also determine if you are a good candidate for SmileStyler through a suitability assessment.

If you’re deemed suitable, your SmileStyler dentist will take an intraoral scan, x-rays, and photos of your teeth to get an idea of your unique dental anatomy. Then, they’ll use these images to create a custom SmileStyler treatment plan for you.

Once you’ve both agreed on the treatment plan, your dentist will send the digital scans and images to SmileStyler, where your clear aligners will be made. When done, they will ship the custom aligners to your dentist.

Then, you’ll receive your clear aligners and instructions on how to wear them. You’ll need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, and you’ll need to clean them regularly with the provided cleaning kit.

Typically, simple corrections can be done in 6 months, while more complex cases might require 12-24 months of treatment with SmileStyler.

Invisalign

The Invisalign treatment process begins with an initial consultation with an orthodontist or Invisalign-trained dentist. The doctor will examine your teeth during the consultation and discuss your treatment goals. If Invisalign is right for you, the doctor will take digital impressions of your teeth and create a personalized orthodontic treatment plan.

The next step is to fabricate the Invisalign aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured according to the specifications of the patient’s custom treatment plan. Once the aligners are ready, the patient will begin wearing them for 20-22 hours per day.

Treatment time with Invisalign typically takes 12-18 months, and patients will need to wear a new set of aligners every 2-4 weeks. During each stage of treatment, Invisalign will work to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

Cost

The cost varies between SmileStyler and Invisalign. Here are their average costs.

SmileStyler

SmileStyler’s Teeth Aligner price is based on the length of the treatment and the level of correction required. This usually ranges between $5,000-$7,500, but a more exact cost is given once you come in for a consultation.

Invisalign

Invisalign’s average cost in Australia ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, but it can start at as little as $1,800. Treatment costs are determined by the specific plans and treatments prescribed to achieve the targeted results.

Do SmileStyler Aligners Hurt at First?

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When you first start wearing SmileStyler aligners, you may notice that your teeth feel a bit sore. Don’t be alarmed; this is normal. SmileStyler aligners work by gently pushing your teeth into their new, straight position. As your teeth adjust to the aligners, the soreness will go away.

In the meantime, you can do a few things to help ease the discomfort.

Try eating soft foods for a few days until your teeth adjust to the aligners. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication if needed.

Make sure you wear your SmileStyler aligners for at least 22 hours daily. The more often you wear them, the sooner your teeth will adjust, and the soreness will go away.

Also, continue to practice proper oral and dental care.

Are SmileStyler Aligners More Painful than Braces?

If you’re considering SmileStyler clear aligners but are worried about pain, you’re not alone. Many people wonder if SmileStyler or other clear aligners are more painful than bulky metal braces.

The short answer is no; SmileStyler aligners are, generally, not more painful than braces.

Some patients may experience some mild discomfort when they first start wearing their SmileStyler aligners, but this is typically due to the pressure of the aligners moving the teeth into place. The discomfort is temporary and should go away after a few days.

Patients who have worn both braces and SmileStyler aligners generally report that SmileStylers are much more comfortable. But it’s also important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to pain and dental treatments.

However, there are a few things you can keep in mind if you’re worried about pain. First, SmileStyler clear aligners are designed to be as comfortable as possible. They are made of a soft, flexible material that is gentle on your teeth and gums. Second, SmileStyler clear aligners can be worn for shorter periods than braces, so you may find that they cause less pain overall.

Overall, SmileStyler clear aligners are less painful than braces and can provide you with the straight teeth you have always wanted.

Do You Need Retainers After SmileStyler?

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Yes, you would most likely need retainers after your SmileStyler treatment. Even though SmileStyler does an excellent job of straightening teeth, it’s important to wear a retainer afterwards to help keep your teeth in their new position.

SmileStyler aligners are made of a soft, flexible plastic that needs to be replaced every two weeks or so. On the other hand, retainers are made of a harder plastic and can be worn for years.

After SmileStyler, your orthodontist will probably recommend that you wear your retainer at night while you sleep. Wearing a retainer is the best way to ensure your new and amazing smile stays perfect for years.

Is SmileStyler Cheaper Than Invisalign?

SmileStyler and Invisalign are both clear aligner systems that straighten teeth. SmileStyler is a newer company, but Invisalign has been around for 20 years. So, which system is cheaper?

Unfortunately, the answer is not black and white. SmileStyler and Invisalign have similar pricing structures, and the cost of treatment will vary depending on the individual case. However, SmileStyler does have a few promotions that can make treatment more affordable.

For example, SmileStyler offers a payment plan with 0% interest and a money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with your results. Ultimately, the best way to determine which system is more affordable for you is to consult with a SmileStyler provider or an Invisalign dentist. They will be able to give you a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs.

Final Thoughts

If you are considering clear aligners, Invisalign and SmileStyler are both excellent options. But while both are great choices, there are some key differences between the two that you should consider before making a decision.

We’ve highlighted some of the most important factors to keep in mind, but if you have any other questions or want more information, talk to one of our professional dentists at Smiles in Currambine.

Schedule a dental consultation by booking through our website, or you may call us at (08) 9305 4888. A friendly dentist from Smiles in Currambine would be happy to help you choose the best option for your needs and help you achieve your dream smile.

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