Originally, Invisalign™ was the only clear aligner company. When their patent expired, many clear aligner companies formed. The terms “Invisalign ™” and “Clear Aligners” are similar to the words “Kleenex ™” and “Tissues”.
Now, there are dozens of clear aligner companies. We use two different aligner brands in our office: SureSmile Aligners and Orchestrate. Our doctors choose the aligner brand based on our patient’s specific situations. Some of these aligners are made in-house with our 3D printer. Some are sent out to be made at a local laboratory.
Regardless of the brand of aligners, the result of aligner treatment is dependent on our patients wearing the aligners as instructed and our doctor’s treatment plan. Think of clear aligners as a “tool” and our doctors as the “artist.” Many people can pick up a paintbrush, but the artist’s expertise determines the result. Our doctors have trained extensively on aligners. Dr. Ehrler created the O3D Orchestrate™ aligner company! Dr. Gray is an insider for Suresmile™ and has been using Suresmile™ for decades!
All of our aligners are custom-made, BPA-free, clear plastic trays that gradually shift your teeth into an aligned position.