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Invisalign vs. Mail Order Aligners: How to choose the best treatment option for you

Invisalign vs. Mail Order Aligners How to choose the best treatment option for you

Back in the day, people only had the option of getting traditional metal braces when they wanted to fix the alignment of their teeth for a better smile. While these metal braces could do the job well, they were easily visible, and some people didn’t like that because it made them easily noticeable.

However, now two options allow you to straighten your teeth, and both of them can do the job better than traditional metal braces. Both Invisalign and DIY Aligners are great options for fixing your teeth; however, DIY Aligners don’t have Invisalign’s advantages. 

  1. What is included in the package when you get the aligners?

    One of the significant differences that makes Invisalign aligners stand out is the contents that are included in the package itself. Everything required for your treatment is included in the package when you choose to go for Invisalign aligners. This includes all the aligners and the retainers, which may come in handy during your treatment. Your dentist will give you all the necessary dental procedures required for your treatment.

    On the other hand, when you choose to go for Mail Order aligners (DIY Braces), you’ll find them cheaper in cost, but they won’t include everything you need for your treatment. Even though DIY aligners are known to offer a complete 6-month treatment, they don’t have extra aligners, the cost of the necessary procedures, and a skilled orthodontist who can help you with setting up your aligners. All this adds up to the price, and sometimes this makes it much more expensive than your Invisalign aligners.

  2. What are the differences in the quality of the material? 

    Invisalign braces are transparent and invisible, making it hard for people to notice them. It is made using multiple high-quality materials, including the SmartTrack plastic design. While many people aren’t aware of it, SmartTrack is a material that’s designed to be flexible, tough, and long-lasting. The dentist carefully places these SmartTrack braces so they can get perfectly aligned with your teeth. 

    Mail Order braces lack such quality and don’t have access to such patented high-quality materials like SmartTrack. And hence they are sold at a lower price. These braces use cheap quality plastic that isn’t durable and has a chance of getting damaged easily. The mail-order braces aren’t well-made when compared with the Invisalign aligners.

  3. What’s the difference between X-rays used by the aligners? 

    Getting X-rays is a must before getting any orthodontic treatment, which means that you’ll have to get them done regardless of the braces you are going for. Invisalign already includes the cost of X-rays, so you don’t have to worry about the additional charges. However, when you choose to go for mail-order braces, the cost of X-rays isn’t included in your treatment and comes off as an additional charge. 

  4. What conditions do they treat?

    Mail-order aligners can help you fix your teeth, but they only work on mild to moderate cases. If you have a serious issue with your teeth alignment, then going for mail-order aligners won’t be helpful. Since they are also called DIY aligners, getting them would mean that you are ready to do all the work by yourself without the support of any professional orthodontist.

    On the other hand, Invisalign Aligners can fix the worst teeth alignment cases without any issues. A professional Orthodontist will help you get the aligners installed during the treatment. Even after the aligners are installed, you’ll have complete support from your orthodontist when you need help with maintaining your Invisalign aligners.

    If you have a severe problem with your teeth, then it is recommended that you go with Invisalign aligners because they are known to treat far more complicated cases than mail-order clear aligners.

  5. What’s the difference between speed?

    Many Mail-order companies are known to promote themselves by saying that they can deliver you the results within six months and you can have perfectly straight teeth within that time period. However, that’s not the case because only mild and moderate issues get fixed in six months, and others remain the same.

    On the other hand, Invisalign can fix all types of cases within six days, and you also get the support of a professional orthodontist when any issues arise. Invisalign also comes with other benefits like a patented technology and superior quality. With Invisalign, you get custom-made braces for your teeth accompanied by a complete plan that gives you an idea of what your mouth will look like once the treatment ends.


As seen above, Invisalign aligners are far more durable and effective than the DIY aligners, and hence going for them is the right choice when you are looking to fix the alignment of your teeth. There are no additional charges, and you get the complete support of your Orthodontist when you choose to go with the Invisalign aligners.


  1. Are Mail-Order Aligners Faster Than Braces?

    No Mail-Order aligners aren’t faster than braces. They are known to market themselves by saying that people can get treatment results in six months, but that only works for mild cases. Other cases usually take much more time. 

  2. Are Mail-Order Clear Aligners Better Than Invisalign Aligners?

    No. As seen above, Invisalign is made from a better material, and it can also help to fix complex cases; hence going for Mail-Order aligners isn’t recommended.

  3. Does Insurance Cover Mail-Order or Invisalign Clear Aligners?

    Insurance options are limited for people getting Mail-Order aligners, whereas going for Invisalign will offer you better insurance coverage.

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