When it comes to adult orthodontic treatment, there’s a general consensus: the less visible, the better. Crowded, spaced, or otherwise misaligned teeth might have you feeling less than 100% comfortable with your smile, but the idea of wearing metal braces might seem like a high price to pay. Luckily, the days of traditional braces as the only avenue to straighter teeth are no longer. Today, many adults opt to straighten their teeth using discreet, removable clear aligners.
If you did some research before arriving at this guide, you’re probably aware that there are a variety of clear aligners out there today — from in-office options like Invisalign to at-home aligner systems like SmileDirectClub. And if appearance is at the top of your priority list, you’re probably wondering: which clear aligner is truly the least noticeable?
While every brand claims their aligners are the most discreet, in reality there’s no objective “best-looking” aligner. Not everyone agrees whether shiny or frosted plastic looks best, or whether a scalloped or straight cut is less noticeable.
Still, there’s no denying that these various aligners contain subtle aesthetic differences, and we have a few recommendations for which ones we think look the best. To keep things concise, we’ve created a shortlist of the 4 best-looking clear aligners available. If you want a broad view of all your options, we encourage you to read on as we discuss what other providers have to offer and why they didn’t make the top 4.