Invisible aligners have been the fad for a few years now, starting with invisalign, but there have been others that are trying to do the same thing; provide clear aligners to help people straighten their teeth. Invisalign has been around for about 20 years now, and they have been proven to help people get straighter teeth, but are there any others that work, too?
A startup called Orthly started with the idea that the aligners could be more affordable, and they claim to use technology to reduce costs and in-person appointments. You start by getting connected to a partner dental office in your area, and you then meet with them to get scanned and x-rayed. If the scans show that you would be a good fit for Orthly, you will be sent a picture of what your smile will look like after the aligners. You are set up with an app that you can use at any time to reach your doctor with any questions or concerns.
The app shows you the progression of your teeth, and lets you know when the next set of aligners will come in and when you should start wearing them. The app is very convenient and helpful, but it is not the same as an in-person treatment. There can be many mistakes because technology is not perfect.
The reviews on Orthly say that it is no alternative for orthodontic treatment or Invisalign, but research is recommended before you decide which path is right for you. Calling and speaking to a professional is the best way to start, and Gladwell Orthodontics is happy to help and answer any questions. If you are interested in getting a straighter smile, call Gladwell today!