In this day and age, we have options–a lot of them. From the cars we drive to the clothes we wear, we’re constantly weighing our options to see which brands are the right fit for us. Orthodontic treatments (like Invisalign®) are no different.

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Still weighing your options? No problem. In this post, Dr. Mina Levi reviews clear aligner brands so that you can make the right choice for you and your smile goals.

Common Clear Aligner Brands

Did you know that removable orthodontic appliances have been around since the 1940s? It’s true! An American orthodontist by the name of Harold Kesling created the first removable aligners (called positioners), which triggered an interest in discreet and convenient orthodontic solutions.

Today, patients have several options when it comes to discreet, removable aligners, including:

But, how do you choose which brand is best for you? Dr. Mina Levi breaks down characteristics to consider when seeking the best invisible aligners for your smile.

Characteristics and Considerations

The most important characteristics to consider when researching clear aligners include:

Brand History and Prevalence

Some clear aligners have existed for decades while others are relatively new. For example, the Byte® brand launched in 2019, Candid was born in 2017, and SmileDirectClub began in 2014. Invisalign®, however, has had FDA approval since 1998.

Subsequently, the Invisalign® brand has had decades to refine its technology and products. As a result, Invisalign® is a favorite among dentists and patients alike, making it one of the most accessible aligner systems on the market. 


Invisalign®, SmileDirectClub, Candid, and Byte® all claim to fix minor to moderate alignment issues in as few as six months. However, only Invisalign® has the brand history and statistics to support these claims with a high level of predictability. 

So, when it comes to getting the results you want in a specific timeframe, Invisalign® outshines all other competitors.

Innovation and Technology

Perhaps the most important aspect to consider when choosing a clear aligner system is the brand’s commitment to innovation and technology. Today, most dental professionals create clear aligners using:

However, there are a few innovative characteristics that set Invisalign® apart from other brands. For example, Invisalign® uses a patented plastic known as SmartTrack® material. This material moves teeth faster, more comfortably, and in more predictable patterns compared to other patents. 

Additionally, the Invisalign® system uses compliance indicators to help patients adhere to their treatment plans better. This means that patients generally experience more success with Invisalign® than with other brands.

Interested in Invisalign®? Schedule a consultation today!

When it comes to invisible aligners, Invisalign® is the clear winner. If you’re ready to explore your candidacy, then it’s time to schedule a consultation at California Dental Innovations.

Patients can contact our San Francisco dental office at (415) 513-5066 or online here to get started.