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Every patient has a different budget, case, and set of goals when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While Invisalign® remains a popular choice for patients who are interested in a discreet solution, it is not the best choice for everyone. Some patients are seeking more cost-effective treatments, some want a shorter treatment timeline, and others simply do not qualify for Invisalign. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Invisalign on the market, and your dentist can help you select a treatment that closely aligns with your needs and expectations. 

Reasons to Look for an Alternative

There are several reasons why Invisalign may not be the best treatment option for you.

Your Case is Too Complex

Although Invisalign can treat mild to complex cases of misalignment, there are certain jaw-related issues that cannot be effectively addressed with treatment. If you have severe bite issues, traditional braces may be a better choice. Traditional metal braces are made of strong stainless steel. They can reposition your upper or lower jaw as well as shift your teeth into their ideal position. Should you desire a more discreet orthodontic solution, you can also ask your dentist about:

  • Clear Brackets: These braces are made using pure monocrystalline sapphire and are virtually transparent.  The archwire may be clear or metal.
  • Ceramic Brackets: Many dentists offer ceramic brackets, which are stain-resistant and tooth-colored to blend with your smile.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth and are not visible when you smile. 
  • Damon™ Smile: This brand eliminates the need for rubber bands, which can draw attention to your smile as well as collect plaque and bacteria.

Although these options can increase the cost of treatment, they are good alternatives for patients who are concerned about the aesthetics of metal braces. 

Invisalign is Too Expensive 

Although Invisalign typically costs as much as traditional braces, you may be looking for a more inexpensive brand of clear aligners. Though not guaranteed to cost less, brands such as ClearCorrect® and MTM® Clear•Aligner can help you achieve the same results with less out-of-pocket expenses. New companies such as SmileDirectClub also offer a less costly way to straighten your teeth, but treatment is usually completed at home and may not produce the same results.

You Need Faster Results

For most adults, Invisalign can help you achieve desired results in as little as 12 months. While this timeline is typically shorter than that of traditional braces, it may not be fast enough if you have an important upcoming event. Many dentists offer Invisalign Express, a five-stage treatment for patients with minor orthodontic issues. FastBraces® are yet another expedited treatment and can help you achieve a straighter smile in 120 days.

You Are Simply Concerned with Cosmetic Issues

Some patients are more concerned about the look of their smile, rather than the restorative quality of orthodontia. Patients who want to correct cosmetic imperfections have several options. Six Month Smiles® is a short-term treatment that quickly and effectively straightens the teeth that are visible when you smile. This option features tooth-colored wires and clear brackets.

You may also wish to consider porcelain veneers, which act as "instant orthodontics." These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth and conceal various blemishes beneath. Veneers may be right for you if you have a small gap in your smile or minor misalignment.

Learn about Your Options

A straighter smile can improve your oral health and increase your self-confidence. If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for Invisalign, you have other options. Speak with your dentist to find out how you can achieve a straighter, more balanced smile.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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