Best Alternatives to Invisalign
Although Invisalign paved the way for invisible, clear aligners, they are not the only player in the market. There are a range of best alternatives to Invisalign, including different aligners, faster braces and even fixed (but still discreet looking) braces that are faster working than Invisalign.
Tread Caution on Mail Order Smiles
Your first option is to use other, similar treatments that also work with the use of clear aligners. You’ll find now that there are several companies offering clear aligners online. Some of these companies offer teeth straightening declaring that you don’t even need to visit the dentist at all and that they’ll simply send your aligners through the post.
Whilst this is true, we believe that placing your smile in the hands of a mail order kit is no alternative to actually visiting your local dentist in person, gaining expert advice and having a trained, cosmetic dentist there to direct your teeth through your journey.
Removable Inman Aligners
The Inman aligner is a form of removable brace that is perfect for those that have mild misalignment issues. The biggest advantage of the Inman Aligner is the sheer speed in which it works.
This system works great for those cases of crowded or protruding front teeth. The general time these removable aligners take are 6 to 16 weeks, cutting down the treatment time from its competitors massively (which can take as long as two years).
Although the device is not quite as invisible as alternatives such as Invisalign, it is still barely noticeable and so you can enjoy both discreteness and speed all in one. It works with the use of two ‘bows’ that use special titanium coiled springs to push your teeth into the correct position.
It’s fast, effective and affordable but you’ll need to have a check up from the dentist in Cardiff first to see if you are a suitable candidate.
Quick Straight Teeth
Quick Straight Teeth does exactly what it says on the tin (but without the tin) – it gets you a perfect, straight smile in as little as 26 weeks. With Quick Straight Teeth, you get the choice of two options to get that smile in tip top shape.
The Quick Straight Teeth fixed braces are perfect for mild to mid misalignment issues and because we fix the braces to the teeth, rather than using aligners, the treatment time is cut down dramatically. Treatment times can be between one and six months, depending on how much movement is needed.
With Quick Straight Teeth, tooth coloured wires are used which makes them discreet looking, although not quite as invisible as clear aligners. The trade-off you make here is faster treatment for more invisible looking styles.
The fantastic thing about Quick Straight Teeth is that they have all avenues covered. If you decide you’d prefer removable aligners to the fixed brace option, then they can provide this too!
Six Month Smiles
One of the most popular treatments here at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff is the Six Month Smiles teeth straightening system. We are actually one of, if not the top provider of the treatment in the country. Our dentists have extensive training and experience which has placed them in a position to truly create life changing smiles with the system.
Six Month Smiles is a fixed brace that uses clear brackets and tooth coloured wires. As it is fixed, the treatment time can be up to 25% of the time Invisalign will take (depending on your current case). As the treatment is much faster, the cost is also usually much lower.
Six Month Smiles is a fantastic alternative to Invisalign and certainly one that we recommend.
What About Invisalign?
Well, Invisalign has certainly grown in popularity for a very good reason – it’s very effective and the almost invisible nature of the clear aligners fit perfectly to your lifestyle. We also offer Invisalign in Cardiff and treat many cases. The important thing is to recognise that choosing Invisalign at your local dentist in Cardiff is much different to buying a mail order aligner system online.
By choosing to use your local dentist you get to see a professional face to face, you get to have a more personal and trusted experience and your dentist is able to make real, in the moment decisions to ensure your smile is moving in the right direction.
If you want to know more about Invisalign then check out this article where we go through all of the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners.