For the most part, all of these treatments do the same thing. They use durable plastic “aligners” to put pressure on your teeth and move them into a healthier position. So what are the differences between each one, and which one is right for you? Find out now.
Invisalign is the very first company to develop clear aligner therapy, and it was approved by the FDA in 1998. Because of this long history of care, many patients choose Invisalign as their preferred clear aligner brand.
They have a few unique advantages, too. They use a patented plastic called “SmartTrack” which helps speed up your treatment, and their aligners are thick and durable. Invisalign is also very versatile. They have lots of different treatment plants, as well as the Invisalign Attachment system. Attachments are small, tooth-colored dots that attach to your tooth and help move the aligners more efficiently.
However, Invisalign does tend to be a bit more expensive than some other clear aligner treatments, so you may want to keep this in mind when making your choice.
Archway is our in-house brand of clear aligners. We use advanced machines to fabricate these clear aligners without the help of Invisalign or any other company. Because there’s no need to work with a third-party company, that means this treatment is less expensive overall, and we pass these savings on to our patients.
If you have minor-to-moderate orthodontic problems and you’re on a budget, you’ll get excellent results with Archway, and you’ll be able to save money, too. This is really important for our patients, since most dental plans don’t cover the cost of orthodontics for adults.
So What’s Right For Me? Find Out With A Consultation At Our Office!
It can be difficult to understand the differences between popular clear aligner treatments. So why not leave it to a professional? Dr. Richard Zeller is an expert in clear aligner therapy in Portland, and if you’re interested in Invisalign or Archway, he’s here to help.
With a consultation at our office, he can assess your smile and help you choose the orthodontic treatment that’s right for your needs and your budget. Contact us online or give us a call at (503) 482-2160 and schedule your appointment today.