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What Is the Difference Between Smile Direct & Invisalign?

When it comes to getting the smile of your dreams, there is a wide range of teeth straightening solutions that are available for patients. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming deciding which is right for you. With clear aligners though, you can discreetly fix your smile with plastic trays that will move your teeth over time. In this blog, we explain the major differences between SmileDirect and Invisalign.


Invisalign braces are a good option for patients with the following mild to complex issues:

  • Major Crowding
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open Bite

To find out if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign, get in touch with our office to schedule your appointment and discuss your treatment plan. Depending on your situation, you might need to have your teeth shaved down before starting your Invisalign treatment. Invisalign also includes tooth-colored attachments that add extra force to your teeth.

Cost: Varies on length of treatment $1,500 – $5,500


SmileDirect invisible aligners are a good option for patients with the following mild to moderate dental issues:

  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Gaps

SmileDirect is an at-home teeth straightening treatment that is doctor- directed. Patients have their smile assed online and can get a 3D scan of their teeth at a local SmileShop. You can also use an impression kit to make
your own impressions. The average SmileDirect treatment takes 6 months.

Benefits: No office visit, on average costs less, & good for mild replace cases.

Negatives: Fit can vary, no supervision from doctor, no refinement, &no bite adjustments.

Cost: $1,850 if paid at once or $2,170 if financed (no break if a complex or a mild relapse)

Because SmileDirect doesn’t require office visits, people who don’t like going to the dentist tend to choose this option over Invisalign. However, not seeing a dentist can be an issue if you encounter something unexpected during the course of the treatment. Instead of having a real dentist to speak with, you have to deal with support calls and virtual chats to get assistance with any issues that arise.

On average with Invisalign you will finish very close to perfect 90% -99% of the time. With smile direct club your finished outcome will be dependent on difficulty of each case!

Speak to a Cosmetic Dentist in Woodland Hills

At Mulholland Dental Care, we are here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Whether you are suffering from misaligned or crooked teeth, we offer a wide range of teeth straightening options that you can choose from. If you are embarrassed about getting metal braces, we can help find the solution that is right for you. Don’t hesitate, give us a call today.

Call to schedule your appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Woodland Hills.