The ClinCheck® software provides a 3-D virtual representation of the Dr. Kunik's prescribed treatment plan. The ClinCheck software also allows Dr. Kunik to visually review the treatment plan and request changes until satisfied with the movement. These interactive dynamic refinements are what you get when you are working with the best tools in the industry.
Hey, isn't plastic just plastic?
Knock offs! We're all familiar with Chinese Knock Offs (kind of look like what you need until you go to use it). The same holds true for imitation clear aligners. These low cost aligners might not be made overseas, but they can hardly be compared to Invisalign. Companies right here in Texas would like you to believe that there is no difference in the material or results if you use their low-cost "plastic aligner".
Invisalign vs Other Aligners
There are plenty of major differences between Invisalign Products and the "other guys".
New! SmartTrack™ Aligner Material | More Constant Force, Higher Elasticity, More Precise Aligner Fit, and Improved Patient Comfort. Aligntech continues to make sure that "plastic is not plastic".
iTero All Optical Digital Scanner | Introduced in 2011 removing the imprecise step of alginate impressions. The Other Guys still have to use clay molds made from seaweed. The iTero utilizes parallel confocal technology to digitally capture oral structures in 3 dimensions. This removes the need for coating powder that is common to other digital impression systems. With the aid of audio-visual prompts, magnified real-time video, and 3D virtual model articulation during the scanning process, the iTero also functions as an educational feedback device, allowing for immediate adjustment of any deficient preparation areas. The resultant benefits are significant: better fitting aligners, material cost savings, reduced chair-time and improved patient comfort.
Clincheck Software | The iTero digital scans are electronically transmitted to the Invisalign Lab and available to Dr. Kunik within 24hrs via the Clincheck Software. The Other Guys have to ship their impressions to their lab to create molds which then have to be scanned. The difference in precision is kind of like the difference between HDTV and Standard Definition TV. The Other Guys have to wait days or weeks to get back a current image (before treatment) and a projected after treatment image. (definitely not real time). All the while Dr. Kunik can be re-manipulating the digital impression in near real-time to show the patient what different approaches might yield.
Comparison of Price | Invisalign vs The Other Guys | Invisalign offers Orthodontists no less than 5 different base Aligner products. Depending on your treatment needs the costs vary. When you talk with a dentist offering an alternative low cost solution they will almost always quote you the most complex Invisalign treatment price.
2 Millionth Patient Treated With Invisalign How many patients has the alternative done? Better yet how many patients has the Doctor who is recommending the alternative done? The average dentist might treat 10 braces cases a year. The average orthodontist might start 20 new cases a month. Dr. Randy Kunik has personally treated over 7000 orthodontic cases.
The Bottom Line
Doctors who want the best possible tool for the job pick Invisalign.