Invisalign vs Reveal Aligners: Which One To Choose?

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June 7, 2021

Everyone wants a perfect smile, but not everyone wants to wear braces. If you’re worried about wearing braces, then aligners are the answer for you!

Aligners are transparent trays made of special material that are used to straighten and adjust teeth. Similar to braces, clear aligners use continuous, gentle force to move misaligned teeth into position. This is achieved by wearing a series of aligners, each for about 2 weeks at a time. They are custom-made for each patient, and the number of sets made depends on the severity of the misalignment.

 Invisalign vs Reveal Aligners: Which One To Choose?

Get The Smile You’ve Always Wanted With Reveal™ Clear Aligners

Dr. George Orfaly, of Fisher and Orfaly Dental, explains the benefits of Reveal™ Clear Aligners over traditional braces.

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Advantages Of Clear Aligners:

Clear aligners offer many advantages over conventional braces. 

1. They are virtually invisible: These orthodontic devices are transparent. Aligners are impossible to detect while they are being worn, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your smile. 

2. They are removable: Clear aligners are not affixed to the teeth like traditional braces. Instead, they are slipped on over the teeth and worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. They can be removed while eating and drinking. So, while you need to be careful of what you eat while wearing braces, there are no such restrictions for aligners. It is also much easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment with aligners because they can be removed during brushing and flossing.

3. They are safer: While wearing braces, there is some risk of cuts and sores being caused by the metal wire and brackets. There is no such risk with clear aligners, as they are made with a material that is smooth and flexible. There is also less discomfort while wearing aligners compared to wearing braces. 

4. Fewer dentist visits: Clear aligners do not need as much maintenance as braces, and so there is no need to visit the dentist as often. Most of the maintenance of the aligners can be done at home! Also, if your problems are minor, your dentist can directly prescribe aligners for your treatment. It might not be necessary to consult an orthodontist, saving time and money.

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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

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John Dudley
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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

William Stewart
William Stewart
January 20, 2022
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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

Carol Gray
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Everything about my dental experience is professional and considerate.

Peter Gaudreault
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Made you feel comfortable, right from the start. Definitely five stars found my new dentist!

Ed Schutte
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I have been a patient of Fisher & Orfaly for many years now. But recently, my whole family moved to the practice. Their approach has always been kind, caring and practical.

Are Clear Aligners Right For You?

Since aligners are custom-made to be a tight fit, they are not always an appropriate treatment for children still growing. Clear aligners like Invisalign and Reveal Clear aligners are best suited for adults or teens whose mouths and teeth are already developed. 

Clear aligners are used to treat:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Minor spacing issues
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

They cannot be used to treat very complex or severe orthodontic problems. Your dentist or orthodontist will conduct a close examination of your teeth and will then decide whether braces or clear aligners will be used for your treatment. 

There are many different kinds of aligners available today, but the most popular ones are Invisalign and Reveal aligners. It can be very confusing to choose between Invisalign aligners and Reveal Clear aligners. In fact, “Invisalign vs Reveal Clear aligners” is a common search term in Google. Below is a guide on the similarities and differences between Invisalign and Reveal aligners to help answer the “Invisalign vs Reveal Clear aligners” debate.

Invisalign:

Invisalign is one of the oldest and most popular clear aligners available. Invisalign aligners have been sold in the US since 1999. They are practically a household name now.

Invisalign aligners treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign certified dentist or orthodontist. An orthodontist doesn’t need to be consulted if the dentist has completed Invisalign’s specialized training. During the consultation for Invisalign aligners, the dentist will examine your teeth and your bite and then propose a treatment plan most suitable for your unique case. The treatment will not only include how long the Invisalign aligners will have to be worn and how many different sets of aligners will be required, but it will also show how your teeth will change throughout the treatment.

Sometimes simply aligners like Invisalign are not enough to correct the orthodontic problems. In these cases, attachments are used alongside the Invisalign aligners. Attachments are tiny tooth-colored “bumps” that are attached to the teeth at select locations with the help of dental composites. They help the Invisalign aligners grip the teeth as they guide them to their new positions. Invisalign aligners use SmartForce attachments, which anchor the aligners and give them something to gently push on. The aligners fit smoothly and tightly around the attachments, so they are not very noticeable. Buttons are small tooth-colored hooks that are attached to the teeth. They are only used if the dentist wishes to introduce rubber bands to the Invisalign aligners treatment. 

These days the Invisalign aligners are made of Invisalign’s own blend of plastic called SmartTrack, which was designed after 8 years of research and development. It is made of premium medical-grade multilayer polyurethane resin and is designed for durability and flexibility. It is free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten.

After the Invisalign aligners treatment is complete, you will be expected to wear retainers for a specific period of time, to ensure that your teeth do not shift back into their original positions. Align Tech, the company behind Invisalign aligners, produces its own line of retainers called Vivera Retainers. They are made with the same material as Invisalign aligners so they will also be comfortable, durable, and virtually invisible.

Reveal Clear Aligners:

Reveal Clear aligners, also known simply as Reveal aligners, from Henry Schein Orthodontics is one of the newest aligners in the market. Reveal aligners have only been in the market since 2019, but they quickly became one of the most commonly used aligners. Reveal aligners are similar to Invisalign in many ways, and they also have advantages that Invisalign aligners do not have.

Like Invisalign aligners, the treatment for Reveal aligners begins with a consultation with a specially trained dentist. After a careful examination of your teeth and bite, the dentist will create a treatment plan best suited to you. The treatment plan will include how long the treatment will be, how many sets of Reveal aligners will be required, and how the position of the teeth will change throughout the treatment.

Unlike Invisalign aligners, Reveal aligners do not need attachments or buttons. In fact, Reveal aligners were developed to ensure that the teeth will move into the correct positions without the use of attachments or buttons. 

Reveal aligners are made of a special material called ClearWear. It is BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic, manufactured through a proprietary process for crystal clear clarity and perfect fit. ClearWear ensures that the Reveal aligners are stain-resistant and much easier to maintain. So, unlike Invisalign aligners which can get stained if not maintained properly, Reveal aligners do not get stained or clouded and remain clear. Reveal aligners also have scalloped edges, which make them more comfortable to wear.

Reveal Clear Aligners vs Invisalign:

We can say that in the Invisalign vs Reveal Clear Aligners comparison, both have their own advantages. With all the different options available, choosing the right aligners can be a difficult task. Hopefully this blog has helped make a few things clear for you about the details of the “Invisalign vs Reveal Clear aligners” debate. Of course, your dentist will help you decide which aligners are most suitable for your teeth. Doing your research is important, and that includes discussing all your options with the dentist. This includes the price of the aligners. There is no need to be concerned about Reveal Clear aligners price or Invisalign price. Most dental insurance policies cover Reveal Clear aligners price to the same extent as traditional braces. Click here to learn more about how we use aligners to help you get a beautiful smile.

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I am someone who has been terrified of the Dentist from a very young age, but after seeing Dr. Orfaly and his team over the past couple of months I have 100% gotten over my fears. I have never felt more comfortable and taken care of by the staff. Everyone is so nice and down to earth they make you feel welcome! Dr. Orfaly even came in on a day they were closed because I was having extreme tooth pain, and he totally fixed the problem, I will never forget that. I’m so happy I decided to go to Fischer & Orfaly, best decision I’ve ever made!

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Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!! 😊

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Before coming to Fisher & Orflay my daughter hated coming to the dentist, she now looks forward to her appointments fully knowing and understanding every procedure being done. They make her visits pleasant each and every time, providing excellent service with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Sam Smullin
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January 22, 2020
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After many years of neglecting my my teeth due to fear of the dentist my dental issues got bad enough that I had no choice but to adress them. I randomly selected Fisher & Orfaly and am very glad that I did. Dr Orfaly did a great job while making sure I was as comfortable as possible.After completing the initial, extensive repairs my mouth looks and feels great. In the 10 years since I first visited I had had no new major work needed. Even better, I can walk into the office without that sense of dread that is familiar to so many people.

Dr. George Orfaly
Dr. George Orfaly, D.M.D.

About the author

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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