If you’re interested in straightening your teeth, Invisalign and SureSmile are both viable options. Each treatment has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Curious to see how they stack up against each other? Keep reading to find out how they compare in four key areas and discover which one is right for you.
Comfort and Convenience
Both Invisalign and SureSmile use a series of clear aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their new positions. Neither treatment option requires metal wires or brackets. Either one may involve the use of attachments in complex cases, but most of the time your aligners will do the job all on their own.
Both treatment options also allow you to remove your clear aligners to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. This makes oral hygiene far easier and gives you the freedom to eat whatever you like during your treatment.
SureSmile treatment is slightly more affordable than Invisalign treatment. However, the difference is negligible in most cases.
It’s also important to note that while you’ll pay less for SureSmile aligners, your treatment package will also be limited to a maximum of 3 years compared to Invisalign’s 5 years. While most cases can be treated in less than 3 years, having access to treatment for a longer period of time helps your dentist refine your results and get you that perfect Hollywood smile you’re after.
Both Invisalign and SureSmile can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic conditions, including tooth gaps, crooked teeth, rotated teeth, overbite, underbite, and more. You might need some attachments to treat more severe forms of these conditions, but in most cases, you’ll get great results.
There are some cases that can’t be effectively treated with either SureSmile or Invisalign. Your dentist will let you know if you fall into one of these categories. If so, you’ll need to undergo treatment with metal braces instead.
Research and Efficacy
While SureSmile has been tested extensively and is completely safe to use, it isn’t backed by as much research as Invisalign. This is mostly because Invisalign has been around much longer. SureSmile is likely to build up a similar amount of research in the coming years as more scholars take interest in it.
Until SureSmile does receive more attention, however, Invisalign will remain the first choice of clear aligner therapy for many dentists and their patients. This is especially true when it comes to young patients with developing dentition. Invisalign has been proven to work effectively in rapidly growing mouths, but SureSmile has not. This makes Invisalign many dentists’ first choice for treating pediatric patients.
The Bottom Line
In the end, the choice between Invisalign and SureSmile is up to you – choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. No matter which one you decide on, Coscarella Family Dentistry is here to guide you through the process. Contact us today to discuss your treatment needs and start your journey toward a straighter, more confident smile.