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Comparison: Common Brands of Clear Aligners in Singapore

31 August 2021

Categories: Invisalign
Woman holding clear aligners in her mouth

Clear aligners, otherwise known as invisible aligners, are removable and transparent. They’re able to fix teeth misalignments and are customised to address each patient’s dental condition. 

Invisible aligners have been growing in popularity as an alternative to braces, with Invisalign being one of the most popular brands.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the most common brands of clear aligners available in Singapore as well as their pros and cons so you can better understand your treatment options!

Note: All prices mentioned are general estimates and may vary depending on various factors such as the complexity of your dental condition and shipping charges. You’re advised to visit the respective websites for the exact prices of the aligners.

 

In-clinic/In-office

In-clinic/in-office aligner systems are administered in person by licensed dentists or orthodontists. They’ll take dental impressions and/or images of your teeth before the treatment begins.

They’ll track and monitor your entire treatment progress and make adjustments where necessary. This offers greater peace of mind and an easier point of contact for emergencies or enquiries. Certain brands, however, do offer the option of virtual monitoring for greater convenience.

In-clinic/in-office aligner brands include Invisalign, ClearCorrect and Aurora Aligner.

  • Treatment effectiveness: For mild to complex cases, including 6 types of malocclusions*
  • Attachments: Available
  • Estimated price: $4,000 – $9,000

*The 6 types of malocclusions include overcrowding, overjet, underbite, crossbite, open bite and teeth spacing.

 

Direct-to-consumer (DTC)

Direct-to-consumer aligners can be purchased online and are typically administered remotely by a team of dentists. Patients can either visit a nearby partner clinic to do the dental impressions and/or scans or use a do-it-yourself kit at home. This may result in aligners that don’t fit accurately.

Unlike in-clinic systems, treatment progress for DTC aligners is usually monitored via teledentistry. Physical follow-up consultations are only available upon request and an additional fee may be required. However, DTC aligner systems are usually cheaper as compared to their in-clinic counterparts.

Examples of DTC aligner brands include Zenyum, SmileDirectClub, WonderSmile and Candid.

  • Treatment effectiveness: For mild to moderate cases; mainly to correct the alignment of the 6 front teeth
  • Attachments: Not available
  • Estimated price: $2,000 – $3,000

Infographic - comparison of brands of aligners
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Type of clear aligner system: In-clinic

Estimated price: $3,500 – $9,000

Invisalign is the leading brand for clear aligners in the world.

They’ve treated approximately 10 million patients* globally and use innovative technology to help patients achieve their desired smiles.

Pros
  • Supported by more than 20 years of research and development
  • Up to 50% shorter treatment time*
  • Up to 75% more predictability with regards to teeth straightening**
  • Greater comfort due to SmartTrack® material 
  • Aligners are guided by SmartForce attachments to apply an adequate amount of force in the correct direction
  • Treatment progress is physically monitored and directed by a dentist at a clinic
  • Remote monitoring is available for patients who prefer virtual follow-ups

*Statistics retrieved from Invisalign’s global website
**Statistics retrieved from Invisalign Singapore website

Cons
  • More expensive than other clear aligner brands available in Singapore

Type of clear aligner system: In-clinic

Estimated price: $2,500 – $3,500

ClearCorrect was founded in 2006 and is a member of the Straumann Group, a leading group for aesthetic dentistry around the world.

Pros
  • Aligners are resistant to stains and cracks
  • Generally cheaper than Invisalign
  • Treatment progress is physically monitored and directed by a dentist at a clinic
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
  • Remote monitoring is available for patients who prefer virtual follow-ups
Cons
  • Material of aligners is thinner and therefore less durable than Invisalign aligners
  • Material of aligners is not as updated as that of Invisalign aligners

Type of clear aligner system: In-clinic

Estimated price: $2,400 – $4,900

Aurora Aligner is a clear aligner brand established in 2014 and based in Singapore.

Depending on your dental condition, they offer 3 different plans:

  1. Aurora E: For upper and lower front teeth (mild cases)
  2. Aurora M: For all teeth (moderate cases)
  3. Aurora X: For all teeth (moderate to complex cases)
Pros
  • Aligners are made of medical-grade thermoplastics approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Generally cheaper than Invisalign
  • Treatment progress is physically monitored and directed by a dentist at a clinic
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
Cons
  • May require a longer treatment time

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,490 – $2,560

WonderSmile’s dental team is equipped with an average of 20 years of experience and is led by head orthodontist, Dr Richard Schechtman, a Board Certified Orthodontist.

WonderSmile aligners typically treat patients with the following dental conditions: 

  • Protrusion
  • Spacing
  • Crowding
  • Gap between teeth
Pros
  • Aligners are resistant to stains and free of BPA and phthalates
  • All-day and night-time aligners are available
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
Cons
  • After the initial consultation, physical consultations are only available upon request

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,400 – $3,900

Founded in 2018, Zenyum is one of the youngest brands of clear aligner systems.

Unlike most DTC aligner systems, Zenyum offers a clear aligner system that involves the movement of all teeth and caters for moderate to complex cases.

Pros
  • Treatment time is generally shorter*
  • Treatment progress is monitored remotely by a dentist at one of Zenyum’s partner clinics
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process

*Subject to the complexity of your dental condition.

Cons
  • Treatment isn’t suitable for patients who require extractions before proceeding with the treatment or have a severe crowding of teeth
  • After the initial consultation, physical consultations are only available upon request

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,500 – $3,110

SmileDirectClub was established in 2014 and has treated over 1 million patients worldwide.

Their clear aligners help to treat mild to moderate cases of spacing and teeth crowding.

Pros
  • Aligners are BPA-free
  • All-day and night-time aligners are available
  • Patients can receive 24/7 support through text messages, phone calls, emails or video chats
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
Cons
  • Only virtual consultations are available after the initial consultation

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,841 – $3,247

At Candid, their team of orthodontists are equipped with a minimum of 20 years of teeth-straightening experience.

To ensure peace of mind, the same orthodontist who designed your treatment plan will be in charge of your dental monitoring.

Pros
  • Aligners are resistant to stains and free of BPA and phthalates
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process as well as teeth whitening
  • Generally cheaper than Invisalign
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive than other DTC aligner systems

Type of clear aligner system: In-clinic

Estimated price: $3,500 – $9,000

Invisalign is the leading brand for clear aligners in the world.

They’ve treated approximately 10 million patients* globally and use innovative technology to help patients achieve their desired smiles.

Pros
  • Supported by more than 20 years of research and development
  • Up to 50% shorter treatment time*
  • Up to 75% more predictability with regards to teeth straightening**
  • Greater comfort due to SmartTrack® material 
  • Aligners are guided by SmartForce attachments to apply an adequate amount of force in the correct direction
  • Treatment progress is physically monitored and directed by a dentist at a clinic
  • Remote monitoring is available for patients who prefer virtual follow-ups

*Statistics retrieved from Invisalign’s global website
**Statistics retrieved from Invisalign Singapore website

Cons
  • More expensive than other clear aligner brands available in Singapore

Type of clear aligner system: In-clinic

Estimated price: $2,500 – $3,500

ClearCorrect was founded in 2006 and is a member of the Straumann Group, a leading group for aesthetic dentistry around the world.

Pros
  • Aligners are resistant to stains and cracks
  • Generally cheaper than Invisalign
  • Treatment progress is physically monitored and directed by a dentist at a clinic
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
  • Remote monitoring is available for patients who prefer virtual follow-ups
Cons
  • Material of aligners is thinner and therefore less durable than Invisalign aligners
  • Material of aligners is not as updated as that of Invisalign aligners

Type of clear aligner system: In-clinic

Estimated price: $2,400 – $4,900

Aurora Aligner is a clear aligner brand established in 2014 and based in Singapore.

Depending on your dental condition, they offer 3 different plans:

  1. Aurora E: For upper and lower front teeth (mild cases)
  2. Aurora M: For all teeth (moderate cases)
  3. Aurora X: For all teeth (moderate to complex cases)
Pros
  • Aligners are made of medical-grade thermoplastics approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Generally cheaper than Invisalign
  • Treatment progress is physically monitored and directed by a dentist at a clinic
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
Cons
  • May require a longer treatment time

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,490 – $2,560

WonderSmile’s dental team is equipped with an average of 20 years of experience and is led by head orthodontist, Dr Richard Schechtman, a Board Certified Orthodontist.

WonderSmile aligners typically treat patients with the following dental conditions: 

  • Protrusion
  • Spacing
  • Crowding
  • Gap between teeth
Pros
  • Aligners are resistant to stains and free of BPA and phthalates
  • All-day and night-time aligners are available
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
Cons
  • After the initial consultation, physical consultations are only available upon request

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,400 – $3,900

Founded in 2018, Zenyum is one of the youngest brands of clear aligner systems.

Unlike most DTC aligner systems, Zenyum offers a clear aligner system that involves the movement of all teeth and caters for moderate to complex cases.

Pros
  • Treatment time is generally shorter*
  • Treatment progress is monitored remotely by a dentist at one of Zenyum’s partner clinics
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process

*Subject to the complexity of your dental condition.

Cons
  • Treatment isn’t suitable for patients who require extractions before proceeding with the treatment or have a severe crowding of teeth
  • After the initial consultation, physical consultations are only available upon request

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,500 – $3,110

SmileDirectClub was established in 2014 and has treated over 1 million patients worldwide.

Their clear aligners help to treat mild to moderate cases of spacing and teeth crowding.

Pros
  • Aligners are BPA-free
  • All-day and night-time aligners are available
  • Patients can receive 24/7 support through text messages, phone calls, emails or video chats
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process
Cons
  • Only virtual consultations are available after the initial consultation

Type of clear aligner system: Direct-to-consumer

Estimated price: $2,841 – $3,247

At Candid, their team of orthodontists are equipped with a minimum of 20 years of teeth-straightening experience.

To ensure peace of mind, the same orthodontist who designed your treatment plan will be in charge of your dental monitoring.

Pros
  • Aligners are resistant to stains and free of BPA and phthalates
  • Treatment package includes different sets of aligners for each stage of the teeth straightening process as well as teeth whitening
  • Generally cheaper than Invisalign
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive than other DTC aligner systems

There are often multiple considerations such as your budget and personal schedule when it comes to selecting a clear aligner treatment.

Here are some things to consider when deciding which brand is more suitable for you!

Infographic - considerations for clear aligners

Note: You’re advised to consult your dentist for professional advice regarding the type of clear aligner treatment that is best suited for your dental condition.

FAQs

Clear aligners are typically as effective as traditional metal braces with regards to teeth straightening. However, this depends on the type of aligner system chosen as DTC aligners are often unable to treat malocclusions and complex conditions.

Clear aligners do offer certain benefits over traditional braces, namely

  • more discreet treatment,
  • lack of dietary restrictions,
  • fewer follow-up appointments,
  • greater comfort,
  • suitable for individuals with an active lifestyle and
  • fewer emergencies during treatment.

Clear aligners are suitable for patients with malocclusions including

  • overjet, 
  • underbite, 
  • overcrowding, 
  • open bite, 
  • crossbite and 
  • teeth spacing.

Certain brands of clear aligners such as Invisalign also allow for the treatment of severely rotated or tipped teeth with the help of attachments.

However, as clear aligners require discipline, they may not be suitable for all patients.

Alternatives to Invisalign include the following:

  • Other in-clinic aligners (e.g. ClearCorrect and Aurora Aligners)
  • Direct-to-consumer aligners (e.g. WonderSmile, Zenyum and SmileDirectClub)
  • Braces: Traditional or self-ligating; metal or ceramic

You’re advised to consult your dentist regarding the type of treatment that’s suitable for your dental condition.

When deciding between the different brands or types of clear aligners, these are some of the factors that you should consider:

  • Your budget
  • Material of the aligners
  • Preference for physical or remote treatment monitoring
  • The availability of dental support in case of emergencies​​

As a general estimate, this is the cost of clear aligners in Singapore:

  • Direct-to-consumer: $2,000 to $3,000
  • In-clinic aligners: $4,000 to $9,000

You won’t be able to use MediSave for aesthetic or cosmetic dental treatments including clear aligner treatments.

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