What are alternatives to Invisalign that are less costly?
Cheaper Alternatives to Invisalign?
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Cheap Alternatives to Invisalign are a Dime a Dozen
There are a lot of companies who offer cheaper "alternatives" to Invisalign, but with all the research and development and treatment data behind the Invisalign product (attachment design, tooth movement speed, etc.) there is a reason for the price difference. Invisalign will provide you the most predictable results with clear aligner treatment.
To list just a few copycat products:
There are also many more imitation products offered by independent labs for minor tooth movements, so there is no shortage of imitators out there. In truth, the patents behind Invisalign aren't really all that strong and there have been numerous patent challenges that Invisalign has lost. What is really the strength of their product is the technology and data behind it, which no company can match for now.
Alternatives to Invisalign...
Alternatives to Invisalign
There are not many. There are companies that have tried, unfortunately Invisalign still hold many patens that don't allow for any true equal competitors yet.
There are other products out there, but in general they can not handle the complex case that Align can as predictably.
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Treatment alternatives to Invisalign
In today's economy, this is a good question. There are alot of similar products out there that claim to do what Invisalign does, however there are no other companies to my knowledge that have the level of reasearch and product development to provide what you can expect from Invisalign, especially considering the costs are pretty much the same. The only real choice is whether you want traditional braces or Invisalign, assuming both are an option for you.
There are some more cost effective alternatives to Invisalign.
There are several companies that fabricate clear aligners to help straighten teeth. Invisalign is the biggest and most well-known company and has the longest track record with the fabrication of tooth aligners. Having said that, Ormco, another orthodontic company, has a series of aligners called "Simply 5" that are similar to Invisalign, but may be at a lower cost. More recently, Invisalign has come out with a 5-Aligner system called "Invisalign Express 5" which may be a cost option at a lower cost. This system is also 5 trays, worn over 10 weeks and is good for minor alignment. Check with your local orthodontist for alternatives that may be more cost effective than full Invisalign treatment.
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