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Invisalign, Spark, InBrace, SureSmile – Oh My!

which invisible braces to choose

Round Lake, IL – You’ve no doubt heard of Invisalign, the clear and removable alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign was the first brand of aligners on the market after being invented by two Stanford University students in 1997. While that was once the only game for Invisible Braces or “Invisible” orthodontic treatment, that is hardly the case today.

The Different Types of Invisible Braces

If you Google invisible braces you’ll find many different brands, including companies that offer the ease of clear aligners from the comfort of your home. We’ve discussed the reasons why you should avoid at-home aligner companies before, but when it comes to other discrete treatment options, which should you choose?

“There have been great advancements in the technology since Invisalign was first invented,” says Dr. Stosich. “Today, brands such as Spark, InBrace, and SureSmile offer competitive treatment options.”

But which is the right treatment option for you isn’t a cut-and-dry answer. Invisalign, Spark, and SureSmile offer clear aligner options, while InBrace offers lingual braces. Let’s take a look at each option.

invisalign bracesInvisalign

Invisalign is probably the brand you think of when you think of clear aligners. They were the first on the market, and so they are the most widely recognized. They have come a long way since they were first introduced, and can be used for a host of different malocclusions. The aligners are custom created for your smile needs, and fit comfortably over the teeth. Each set is designed to guide the teeth to a precise location before moving on to the next set.


spark aligners featuresSpark Clear Aligners

Spark clear aligners are the only aligner on the market made specifically for use by only orthodontists. With Invisalign, dentists can take a course and become Invisalign providers. However, Spark is for use only by orthodontists. This means that patients are receiving care from someone well-versed in the ins and outs of moving teeth. Spark is also marketed as being clearer and more comfortable than the leading aligner brand.

id clear alignersSure Smile

Sure Smile clear aligners offer the most efficient and precise way to straighten smiles, all while offering the aesthetics of a clear aligner. iD Clear Aligners by Sure Smile require fewer aligners than Invisalign treatment and are more efficient, resulting in shorter treatment times.

Both Spark and Sure Smile offer the ease of clear aligners – that means treatment that is comfortable, clear, and removable. Brushing and flossing are easy, simply remove the aligners and care for your smile as always. And you don’t have to worry about avoiding your favorite foods because you’ll remove the aligners before eating and drinking. Both Spark and Sure Smile aligners are also clearer than Invisalign, meaning they’ll be less noticeable


InBrace SmartwireInBrace

InBrace is an innovative spin on traditional metal braces. InBrace is completely invisible because the braces sit along the lingual, or tongue, side of the teeth. InBrace was created by orthodontists, and its patented Smartwire uses the most advanced computer modeling to move teeth in a way that is both quick and healthy.

InBrace offers the efficiency and effectiveness of metal braces, but because they sit behind the teeth, they are completely invisible to others. There will be some adjustments that need to be made, just as with traditional metal braces. Patients should pay close attention to their oral hygiene and avoid foods that could damage the brackets and wires.

InBrace, Invisalign, Spark, and Sure Smile offer many advantages to patients looking to perfect their smiles as discreetly as possible. The best way to determine which may be the most ideal for you and your smile is to schedule a consultation with a certified orthodontist like Dr. Stosich.

To schedule your complimentary consultation, call 847-548-4200 (Grayslake) or 224-408-2200 (Kenilworth).


  • Michael S. Stosich, DMD, MS, MS

    Dr. Michael Stosich is a board-certified orthodontist and the director of orthodontics at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is known for his extensive experience in leading clinical enterprises, publishing, and lecturing both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Stosich has expertise in starting, growing, and maintaining successful orthodontic practices, including those in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, and multi-specialty clinics. He serves on the editorial board of several publications and has been involved in innovating patient care and education, focusing on the future of dental and orthodontic healthcare.

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