ALIGNERCO Clear Aligners: An Honest Review
Get straight teeth without the hassle of going to an orthodontist. Aligner allows you to straighten your teeth with clear aligners from the comfort of your own home. All this and the treatment costs a fraction of the cost of traditional braces.
With a few options out there now for online aligners, you need to know all the facts about Alignerco before deciding if they are the right company for you. Let’s look at all the details and decide if this is the right choice for you. As a whole, we cannot recommend Alignerco because of their lack of correct experts on their team.
Only you can make the right decision for your dental health, and cost may be more important to you than expertise. Read the entire review to get all of the information to make the correct decision for you. Get answers to your questions as well by reading to the very end.
How It Works
The process with Alignerco is as simple as one, two, three. Start with impressions, then a team of experts will make a plan for your mouth, then just follow the program for a better smile. The hardest part is making the dental impressions, and the company makes that easy, too, with practice liners.
Start with a questionnaire to find out if Alignerco is the right choice for you. Choose your issues from crowding, spacing, or protruding teeth. Fill out a few other questions about yourself, and of course, you need to provide your phone number so they can spam you with texts.
The process assesses very little actual information before determining eligibility. From there, you are directed to choose a plan and start the process. No time to think or get answers to question, just straight on to payment. For those ready to make a decision, this tactic will work; others will find this direct approach pushy.
You get two options when it comes to impressions – order online or go to a SmileStudio and help them guide you through the impression process. Keep in mind, the company only uses impressions to make your aligners and does not the latest 3D technology even in their SmileStudios. However, they do offer a 3D proposed plan of what your teeth will look like after treatment.
Once you make the impression, you mail them and wait a few or several weeks to get a dedicated plan for your teeth made. Next, they may your aligners and send them in the mail to you, where you will wait a few more weeks again. Mind you, braces take longer in general, so even a few weeks will still offer a speedier process.
The best part of the impression is they come with a practice set in the box to ensure you know what you are doing beforehand. You also get a few other components, including putty and a mouth opener for a custom fit. Call the company if the impression tray is too large or small for your mouth.
Now on to the magic – the aligners! They are clear, BPA-free, and ready to give you the smile of your dreams. Each aligner fits snuggly, and you can remove it from your mouth as you need. They fit completely over your teeth to force the correct position and straighten your teeth. Don’t worry, the company trims them to the gum line to ensure you get a comfortable fit.
Take the aligners out of your mouth while eating, chewing gum, or drinking as food and drink can damage the aligners, except for water. You get a series of aligners and wear each for two weeks. Read the instructions to ensure a proper fit without hurting the aligner or yourself. At first, the plastic aligners will cause minor discomfort but not pain.
Most treatment plans last about six months, depending on the severity of your dental issues. You need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day or when you are not eating or exercising.
You also have the option of NightOnly Clear Aligners. Use these to straighten your teeth while you sleep. However, these will increase the time you need to wear the aligners as you only need to wear them 8 to 10 hours continuously. If time isn’t your key factor, then choose these as you can live your life normally and only wear the aligners at night. The nighttime options do include a slightly higher cost, which we will go over that below.
After your treatment plan, you need to wear a retainer for the rest of your life to maintain your smile. One set of retainers comes with your purchase price, and each can last for up to a year. After that, you will need to purchase the retainers or sign up for the retainer plan to save money. The plan allows for a new retainer every six months for six years. Also, if you lose one, you will already have backups.
The one issue with the retainers is you will need to wear them for 20-22 hours a day for the first three months, then for 15 hours each day, before you can finally wear them only at night while sleeping. From there, you will continue wearing your retainer while you sleep for the rest of your life or until you no longer want to keep your teeth straight.
The company does not seem to offer any adjustments or additional retainers if you are not happy with your smile or your teeth are not fixed at the end of the six months. However, the company will work with you if you are not satisfied. Contact them if you are unsatisfied, and they will help.
Included with the price, you get an impression kit, a set of retainers, all of the aligners you need, chewies, and currently a teeth whitening kit. The chewies are kind of like gum and help your teeth to move along with the aligners.
The pricing can change at any time but offers you a straight smile for a fraction of the cost of traditional braces. For the daytime aligners, you will pay just under a thousand dollars, and the nighttime option will cost about twelve hundred dollars. You also have the option of paying monthly. It’s $90 a month for twelve months for the daytime option or $109 for the nighttime option.
A third option allows you to pay $95 a month for 11 months if you pay $275 down. Why anyone would choose this option, they call the SmileFlex Easy is beyond us as it costs more and requires a down payment, unlike the SmileFlex, which is only $90 a month with no down payment. However, it may be the only option for someone who has bad or no credit.
Military members can get an additional fifty dollars off of the current promotion. Also, everyone can usually find a promo code right on the website. Referring friends can get you some money off too.
Aligner does not work with or accept any insurance. You can, however, use your HSA/FSA debit card if you have one. You can pay with Apple Pay, PayPal, Google Pay, or any of your credit or debit cards.
Keep in mind you will need to pay for the retainers for the rest of your life.
Besides the retainers, the company does not offer any other products such as dental care like toothbrushes or cleaning equipment for the aligners.
Aligner provides support for their customers on their website chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also email them at email@example.com and expect a prompt response. Also, they clearly provide their mailing address and phone number too. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you are not satisfied with the dental system, you can get 100 percent of your money back on your impression kit if the expert team does not decide you are a candidate for the aligners.
As with any website, Alignerco has an entire page dedicated to showing off their stellar results. You can see a wide range of tooth issues and then the after pictures showing marked differences. Also, a quick search on Google will show you even more positive results and reviews.
How AlignerCo Compares to Traditional Braces
The main differences between traditional braces and Alignerco are the length of treatment, type of appliance, and cost. Aligner wins in all three categories as their aligners only take months instead of years, are clear instead of metal, and a fraction of the cost of traditional braces.
Moreover, you can take aligners out while braces are glued onto your teeth, and they can stain your teeth too. Also, wire braces require regular costly visits to the dentist or orthodontist. Eating and flossing are definitely easier with removable aligners, and they are practically invisible, too, as they are clear, unlike very noticeable braces.
Customers either love or hate Alignerco with minimal variance. A quick trip to TrustPilot.com shows that more customers love Alignerco than hate them by a landslide. However, those who did not like the company complained about customer service more than anything else. The second main complaint was time waiting for aligners and treatment plans.
Problems with AlignerCo
The first issue we have with the no-frills Alignerco is they do not mention orthodontists in their team of experts. On their website, you can find their team of experts that includes eleven dentists and one endodontist. A few of these dentists specialize in aligners, but none of them are orthodontists.
Dentists provide care dental care, including x-rays, cavities, cracked teeth, hygiene, filling and bonding, dental disease, whitening teeth, installing crowns or veneers, and oral surgery. An endodontist has additional training, including diagnosing tooth pain and root canal treatment. However, neither of these types of dental doctors offers any expertise in tooth or jaw alignment.
An orthodontist supervises facial growth in children, creates treatment plans with braces and retainers, straighten teeth via surgery, and uses other appliances to correct alignment issues. While all three specialties learn similar information, the only orthodontist is qualified to create treatment plans for dental alignment.
Also, we would love to see the company incorporate the latest technology, including 3D scans, to get the impressions. This technology can go a long way in getting a better fit and product overall. Also, teenagers who still have teeth coming in should avoid aligners as Alignerco does not help to provide room for incoming teeth.
Fixing the Root Cause of Crooked Teeth
Furthermore, the aligners, while a decent option compared to braces, will not fix the root cause of dental alignment issues. They do not look at the tongue or any other issues to ensure your teeth stay straight, or they would not need retainers for the rest of your life. Mind you, this issue is not directed solely at Alignerco but all braces and aligners.
In order to get to the root cause of crooked teeth, you will need to see a speech therapist along with a dentist or orthodontist determined to fix the problem and not mask the symptoms. If you want permanent changes, look for a dentist or orthodontist who uses Myobrace’s and a speech therapist as part of the collective treatment plan. They can help to ensure correct tongue placement, among other things, to ensure your teeth stay straight by correcting the cause.
Orthodontists thoughts on AlignerCo
Orthodontists, in general, do not like their more affordable competition. However, orthodontists also do not like the impersonal approach to treating dental alignment as it leaves room for errors. It’s much easier to deal with out-of-the-norm issues with an in-person visit with a dentist or orthodontist.
FAQs About Alignerco
Before you decide, take a look at some important questions and answers to help you make an informed decision.
Do I need to visit a dentist first?
While the company does not state the information clearly, they recommend visiting a dentist for a regular checkup within six months of starting your aligner journey. Also, you have the option of visiting a SmileStudio if you are not comfortable doing the impressions yourself.
Will I have a lisp while wearing the aligners?
Yes, in the beginning, while you get used to the aligners, they will cause you to lisp. As your mouth gets used to the aligners, your tongue will adjust over time, and you will be able to speak normally.
Can I still play my flute while wearing the aligners?
You sure can, but it will be a learning experience to play with a mouthpiece while wearing the aligners. Do not try it the night of a concert!
Should I keep the aligners in while play high-impact sports?
No, the aligners can be harmful during heavy exercise. Take the aligners out while exercising.
I still have my wisdom teeth or a missing tooth, can I get the aligners?
Yes, in both situations, you can still get the aligners, but you should see a dentist first. If the wisdom teeth need to come out, do so first. As for missing teeth, it would be better to put those in first to get a proper alignment. Otherwise, the Alignerco can put in a spacer or Pontic for the missing tooth. If you have an implant, wait at least three months after to start the aligner process.
Can teenagers use Alignerco?
Yes, but make sure all of their teeth are in first before using clear aligners for teenagers. Also, ensure they maintain proper dental hygiene too and wear their appliance and retainers. The company recommends not allowing teenagers to use aligners until they are 13, as they will then have all of their teeth and erupted molars.
How do I clean the aligners and retainers?
You can use items you already have in your home to clean your aligners. Use either baking soda and water to get a thorough and sanitized clean or use soap and water. Liquid soap will work, but you will need to let them soap for a full thirty minutes. You can also use water and alcohol or water and vinegar, depending on your preferences. Always ensure the cleaning solution is completely off the appliance before putting it back in your mouth. You may want to get a toothbrush dedicated for your appliance to make cleaning easier.
Final Thoughts About Alignerco
The no-frills Alignerco company provides an easy and affordable alternative to traditional braces. They can save you money, time, and make straightening your teeth practically invisible. However, we cannot recommend the company as there are no orthodontists on their team of experts. You get what you pay for, and while this company charges the minimal amount, they also provide minimal expertise. Furthermore, their aligners do not address the root cause of improperly aligned teeth. We suggest you keep looking.