Clear Aligners: Your Path to a Perfect Smile

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Clear aligners are revolutionizing the world of orthodontic treatment.

This nearly invisible solution is making waves in dental care, offering an attractive alternative method for owning your brand-new smile versus traditional metal braces.

The science behind clear aligners is advanced, effective, and surprisingly simple. Each custom-made plastic aligner works gradually, applying gentle pressure to reposition your teeth. Aligner patients report feeling much less discomfort compared to patients who wear metal braces.

While Invisalign aligners previously were known to only be an effective treatment option for mild to moderate cases, they are now proven to be an effective orthodontic treatment method for virtually any orthodontic case, even complex issues.  

Today, Invisalign aligners from align technology are the most advanced clear aligner system on the market. If you are searching for a premium, attractive, affordable treatment option for straighter teeth and a brand new smile, Invisalign treatment might be for you.

Find out everything you need to know about clear aligner efficiency compared to traditional orthodontic treatment, and much more in this post including:

  • Average treatment times

  • How treatment times vary depending on your case and individual doctors

  • Choosing the right trained doctor nearby – including dentists and orthodontists

  • How clear aligner treatment like Invisalign works

  • Insurance coverage – do dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment?

  • Invisalign aligners cost compared to braces

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Clear Aligners: Your Path to a Straighter Smile

These custom-made, essentially invisible aligners fit right into your life and make owning your new smile more accessible than ever. Here are the basics.

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are custom-made, clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth gradually and gently. They are essentially invisible and overall patients report they are noticeably more comfortable to wear than conventional fixed appliances like braces.

While treatment times vary depending on individual doctors and the complexity of your case, the average treatment time for invisible aligner cases has been proven to be shorter than the average treatment time for braces. (It’s possible to see results up to twice as fast with the best Invisalign Dentists.)

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How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Clear aligners work much easier for many people compared to traditional braces, and that starts from your initial consultation.

You don’t have to worry about gross physical impressions and dealing with the soft putty all over your face and mouth. With Invisalign, the process involves digital impressions only. (SmileDirectClub and other DIY aligner brands require an impression kit.)

Your confident smile starts by manufacturing aligners that are custom-made for you and you alone. Each set is designed to apply gentle pressure on your specific teeth, resulting in gradual tooth movement at each stage.

For those wondering about price, we have good news there too. If your dental insurance coverage includes ‘orthodontic coverage’ then your treatment will qualify for insurance coverage. And yes, aligners qualify as eligible for your flexible spending account, too.

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Do I Need Clear Aligners?

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, it’s important to know if you truly need treatment for your optimal oral health. While you should only trust the recommendation of a trained doctor who has seen your teeth in person, here are some signs you may need clear aligners:

Does Invisalign Work for Severe Cases?

Yes, despite many sources online suggesting that aligners only work for mild to moderate cases, it is proven that Invisalign works for even more severe cases today – ssentially any level of complexity that traditional orthodontic treatment can treat.

If you want proof, get a free consultation on us today and we’ll provide you with a complete custom treatment plan and evidence you’ll see results.

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Common Questions About Aligner Orthodontic Treatment

If you’re considering aligners for treatment, it’s natural to have questions. We’ve got answers.

What’s the Average Treatment Time?

Your clear aligner treatment duration depends on the complexity of your case. The average treatment time for most aligner patients is about 17.5 months. However, our patients typically see results about 2x faster than average treatment times.

If you don’t wait to wait months or years to see results, get a free consultation and see how you can enjoy Invisalign treatment a whole lot faster (at a competitive price).

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Invisalign Treatment Effectiveness

Clear aligners are proven to be effective at treating all levels of cases today, regardless of complexity. Whether you have overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or even a severe case, Invisalign works to free teeth and give you a healthier, new smile.

Can You Eat With Invisalign On?

Yes, you can eat with Invisalign on, and in fact, we often recommend it!

While many doctors encourage you to remove aligners while eating or drinking, eating with Invisalign on is proven to help you see faster progress and better results for your new smile. Get your free Invisalign consultation and we’ll show you the evidence.

For more, check out the post we wrote on eating with Invisalign on.

What is the Discomfort of Braces vs. Invisalign?

You might experience slight discomfort when first wearing new sets of aligners as they gradually start tooth movement. But patients report significantly less discomfort with Invisalign treatment compared to ceramic or metal braces.

Here is even better news: patients at Dr. Peter Brawn enjoy up to 75% more reduced discomfort with Invisalign aligners.

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Key Takeaway: 

Clear aligners are an effective, less painful alternative to braces and a proven, reliable way to own straighter teeth in less time.

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SmileDirectClub – The DIY Method

Renowned for its affordable and accessible clear aligner treatments, SmileDirectClub has emerged as an innovative player in the space.

Their approach is to deliver orthodontic treatment straight to the customer, drastically cutting expenses. The elimination of overhead costs can make the price of these orthodontic devices stand out amongst competitors.

However, there are significant risks associated with an approach like this. An orthodontic expert does not:

  • Examine your teeth in person at any point

  • Oversee your case & become responsible for your results

  • Offer support as a part of your treatment fee if you run into any orthodontic issues

All of these, and many others, are not available to you or come at additional costs. On top of all those risks, DIY aligners are ONLY able to effectively treat the simplest cases – treatment is extremely limited.

Invisalign Clear Aligners vs. Direct-to-Consumer Aligners

If you’re considering DIY clear aligners, the price is probably tempting. We get it. Before you move ahead, come talk to us.

We’ll give you a completely free:

  • commitment-free consultation

  • Invisalign Before & After simulation of what your new smile looks like after your treatment

  • a custom treatment plan personalized to you

And we’ll show you how you’ll get your best smile much faster with us than what the DIY companies offer. If you want to save hassle, headaches, stress, time, and unforeseen costs, we’ve made faster Invisalign treatment in Vancouver for you.

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Invisalign Treatment – Achieving Faster Results

You’ve probably heard that Invisalign treatment is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. But what does that mean?

It means regardless of where you go and the quality of Invisalign technicians you choose, if you go with Invisalign, the reliable, durable and strong, essentially invisible, completely removable, custom-designed aligners by align technology will be working for you – retainers included.

It means you can avoid the dreaded brace face, traditional brackets, mouth discomfort, poking wires, scratching gums, and the likely reality that you’ll be wearing metal braces for 1.5 years of your life or more to get straighter teeth.

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Invisalign Treatment at Dr. Peter Brawn is Even More

At Dr. Peter Brawn, you get even more for your investment. Including:

  • Straighter teeth & your new smile up to 2x faster than average Invisalign patients.

  • Save time with half the appointments required at other dentists and orthodontists.

  • Up to 75% less discomfort than typical patients.

Invisalign Treatment at Dr. Peter Brawn vs. Typical Clear Aligners and Traditional Braces

We’ve built our entire practice exclusively around accelerated Invisalign treatment. We’re the only practice we know of in Vancouver doing this with a premium level of focus and expertise – all at a competitive cost to traditional practices.

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Invisalign Aligners vs. Other Invisible Aligners

When it comes to Invisalign treatment effectiveness, we haven’t found another option out there that can match the level of results and quality that Invisalign consistently delivers to patients.

You might be tempted by the price of DIY aligner brands, but remember, you are completely responsible for your own treatment. If things aren’t going the way you expected and progress isn’t happening, all you get is a 1-800 number.

The truth is, for most people, the overall value of Invisalign treatment is hard to beat.

Don’t take our word for it. Here is what Dr. Chung How Kau, the Chairman and Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, had to say in an interview with NBC News: “Moving teeth without in-person supervision can lead to permanent harm.

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Invisalign Aligners vs. Traditional Braces

Advantages of Braces

  • Compliance is automatic as braces are not removable.

  • Braces are working to move your teeth 100% of the time.

  • In some cases, braces can be slightly more affordable.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • Invisalign are completely removable & essentially invisible.

  • It is much easier to brush and floss your teeth, and keep your aligners clean, too.

  • You get a personalized treatment plan upfront & no hidden fees (at Dr. Peter Brawn).

  • Aligners are custom-designed to your smile.

  • Fewer appointments are required to see results.

  • They straighten teeth in less time than braces, and much less when you choose Accelerated Invisalign Treatment at Dr. Peter Brawn.

  • You’ll enjoy less discomfort, and up to 75% less discomfort here.

  • Invisalign cost is more competitive with braces than ever – today, they’re essentially the same.

For a complete breakdown, read our Braces vs. Invisalign Guide or get a free consultation today.

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Choosing an Invisalign Orthodontist or Dentist

When it comes to selecting a clinic for Invisalign treatment, focused research goes a long way.

  • Google reviews provide unbiased insight into patient experiences, staff quality and expertise, facility cleanliness, 1-on-1 care and focus, and much more.

  • Recommendations from friends or family members are always worth considering too.

  • Credentials matter, but it pays to find an expert who understands your specific needs and will give you the focus you deserve.

Many dentists and orthodontists will create a personalized plan for your aligner therapy, but see how our accelerated Invisalign treatment in Vancouver also achieves your best new smile in half the time of those other practices in Vancouver and elsewhere in Canada.

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Here are other exclusive benefits of accelerated Invisalign with us:

Size of Practice

We limit the number of new patients we accept each month to 15, so that you can be confident you’ll always receive dedicated care and focus for your straighter smile.

Unlike other practices in Vancouver who see many patients at the same time, you’ll often be the only patient in the practice for your appointment. We only see 1-2 patients at a time maximum. You’ll always get 1-on-1 care and focus from our staff and Dr. Peter Brawn.

Type of Practice

Accelerated Invisalign treatment is our exclusive focus. As a patient, that means we’re always thinking about cases like yours. And it results in great benefits like fewer appointments, less discomfort, faster times to straighter teeth, and a whole lot more.

How Long Will it Take to Start Seeing Results with Invisalign? Less than 4 months at Dr. Peter Brawn


If you want to own a straighter smile with less discomfort, more confidence, and faster results, clear aligners are a game-changer. They might be for you.

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