A quick scan of the home aligner industry will reveal that there are a lot of options. The rapid rise of this convenient and affordable treatment option has encouraged the founding and growth of several new companies. Two of the most recent are SnapCorrect and AlignerCo. If you’re considering these two companies, you might appreciate their low initial prices and frequent discounts, but they’re much more than impressive sticker prices.
Give each of these companies a cursory glance and you’ll notice some broad similarities – they’re smaller companies that excel in pricing. But when you’re deciding on orthodontic treatment, you’ll want to look below the surface. This guide will take you on an in-depth tour of both companies, giving you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
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Overview and Recommendation
Bottom Line: Both Companies Offer Big Savings and Convenience
These aren’t the biggest names on the market, but they each have unique perks that make them intriguing home aligner options. If you’re looking for affordability, you won’t find two more cost-effective companies than SnapCorrect and AlignerCo. At the same time, they deliver quality treatment that can achieve the results you’re after.
Two Affordable Options, but AlignerCo Gets Our Vote
SnapCorrect has the industry’s lowest sticker price and includes interesting perks like free whitening for life. However, AlignerCo maintains the industry’s absolute lowest prices and does so without sacrificing quality and customer service.
Why do we rank AlignerCo higher than SnapCorrect? Two reasons:
- Industry-Best Prices: AlignerCo’s $1,145 sticker price puts every other home aligner company to shame. It’s several hundred dollars less than the industry average, so it’s perfect for anyone sticking to a tight budget or just looking for a great deal. SnapCorrect’s price is lower than most of the competition but they still can’t touch AlignerCo’s superior affordability.
- Consistent Oversight: Throughout AlignerCo’s treatment, you’ll send photos of your teeth to your assigned dentist or orthodontist so they can provide feedback. This helps make sure that your treatment goes as planned and allows them to make timeline adjustments as necessary.
This doesn’t mean that SnapCorrect is a bad option. They offer their own unique advantages, like a fairly inexpensive price tag, but don’t measure up to AlignerCo’s commitment to accessibility and affordability. We think these factors really matter. At the end of the day, it’s not just your money. It’s also your teeth. To us, it makes sense to go with a company that puts you and your teeth first.
You might think that less expensive options are also less effective. After all, you get what you pay for, right? Sometimes this is true, but even though they’re more affordable than other home aligner brands, SnapCorrect and AlignerCo still offer quality and reliable treatments. In general, home aligners are effective in treating mild-to-moderate cases of crowding and spacing, a smaller spectrum of conditions than in-office options like Invisalign. But companies can still take certain steps toward ensuring consistently reliable results.
Even though both of these companies appear to be effective, AlignerCo goes a bit further to make sure that you receive high-quality products and consistent treatment.
- Uses orthodontists, dentists, and less-qualified “dental technicians” in the treatment development process
- Partners with a reputable manufacturer (Essix) to produce their aligners
- Trims their aligners to match your gum line, which can be less effective
- Uses both orthodontists and general dentists to develop treatments
- Partners with Essix to produce their aligners as well
- Trims aligners to match your gum line, potentially sacrificing effectiveness
- Facilitates regular check-ins with your dentist/orthodontist
Let’s consider how home aligner treatment works. Your aligner plan is designed and monitored remotely by one of many dental professionals in a company’s network. This is the person who ensures the treatment’s quality and success, so they’re a crucial part of the process.
Both companies use orthodontists and general dentists to evaluate smiles and create aligner plans, and you won’t know which one will be designing your treatment. Why does this matter? Orthodontists have more specific experience moving teeth, so companies that use only orthodontists guarantee more consistent quality in their treatments. There’s nothing wrong with general dentists – they’re still highly knowledgeable and qualified. Orthodontists just have more specialized training.
In SnapCorrect’s network, you’ll also find individuals called “dental technicians.” These technicians are not dentists. They’re individuals trained to use special software and it’s unclear how involved in the treatment process they are. This means that you may not have the most qualified medical professionals working on your aligners.
We should also note that AlignerCo requires you to send photos of your teeth to your assigned dentist/orthodontist every two weeks. This gives them the chance to provide feedback, adjust your timeline (if necessary), and confirm that your treatment is progressing as planned. As far as we know, SnapCorrect doesn’t provide similar correspondence.
The construction, design, and materials in your aligners can have a huge impact on your treatment’s effectiveness.
AlignerCo and SnapCorrect both partner with Essix to manufacture their aligners. Essix has been a widely-trusted supplier of medical-grade plastics since they were founded in 2005, so you can be sure that your aligners will be made from high-quality, durable materials. Align Technology and ClearCorrect might have more experience in the clear aligner industry, but Essix is still a reputable manufacturer.
Believe it or not, the way that your aligners are cut can have an influence on their effectiveness as well.
Aligners that are cut straight across the top slightly overlap the gums, which might seem counterintuitive, but it allows them the leverage necessary to exert more force on your teeth. In an effort to make their aligners less visible, SnapCorrect and AlignerCo both trim their aligners to match your gum lines. This does make them slightly less noticeable, but it also reduces their effectiveness.
If you’re on a tight budget and looking for a home aligner company that won’t empty your bank account, these two are the best options. They both have reasonable sticker prices, various sales and discounts, and financing options. SnapCorrect has respectable prices that are lower than most of the competition, but AlignerCo takes affordability to another level.
- $1,749 sticker price
- The initial payment includes aftercare retainers
- Impression kit costs $95 ($49 on sale)
- Financing requires a credit check, but no down payment
- Includes free whitening products for life
- $1,145 sticker price
- The initial payment includes aftercare retainers
- Impression kit is also included in the sticker price
- Multiple financing options – one requires a soft credit check, the other requires a downpayment
SnapCorrect’s $1,749 price tag is around $100 lower than the industry average, so they offer great value for most customers. But they’re still no match for AlignerCo, whose upfront price is only $1,145.
Both aligner packages include everything you need for treatment, including all your aligners and the first set of aftercare retainers. AlignerCo also throws in your impression kit, while SnapCorrect charges $49 for it separately.
Payment Plan Options
Even after discounts, home aligners aren’t exactly cheap. You might not be ready to pay $1,200 – $1,800 right away, and that’s okay. Each company offers financing plans that can break the cost into more manageable monthly payments.
- SnapCorrect offers 6, 12, and 24-month financing plans through a third-party company called Affirm. These require a credit check to qualify, and not everyone is eligible. Plus they have 10-30% APR. On the 24-month plan, your payments will likely be around $80 per month.
- AlignerCo has two different financing options:
- SmileFlex requires a soft credit check and if you qualify, it’s 12 monthly payments of $110.
- SmileFlexEasy does not require a credit check but does require a $275 downpayment followed by 11 monthly payments of $95.
Either of these options can make your home aligner costs significantly more digestible. SnapCorrect’s plan has lower monthly payments but a longer overall timeline. AlignerCo’s SmileFlexEasy costs $15 more per month but lets you pay off the entire treatment in under a year.
Most home aligner companies give you the opportunity to brighten your smile while you straighten it by including free whitening with your treatment. AlignerCo, however, does not. But they’re not being stingy – stripping away extras like whitening is part of what makes AlignerCo’s low prices possible.
SnapCorrect, on the other hand, doesn’t just give you free whitening with your treatment. They provide free whitening for life, so you can keep that smile sparkling forever. Even years down the road, you can maintain your white teeth for free.
Go with either of these companies and you’ll get a strong value, especially when compared to Invisalign or braces, which will typically set you back $5,000 or more.
Convenience is key when it comes to home aligners – the reason why many adults choose them over in-office options. No matter which company you choose, you’ll be getting a convenient option that doesn’t require office visits and ships products straight to your home. So, they already have a baseline of convenience, but home aligner companies can take certain measures to increase their efficiency and user-friendliness.
Neither AlignerCo nor SnapCorrect is the most convenient home aligner option available, and each one has similar perks and disadvantages.
- Doesn’t have physical locations, so you’ll need to buy an impression kit
- Takes 5-6 weeks to design, produce, and ship your aligners
- Recommends using whitening treatment after finishing your aligner plan
- Average treatment time is around 6-9 months
- Also no physical locations, so you must use the impression kit
- Takes 4-5 weeks to design, produce, and ship your aligners
- Doesn’t provide or sell any whitening products
- Average treatment time is around 6-11 months
So, you’ve settled on home aligner treatment, and it’s time to take the plunge. Both AlignerCo and SnapCorrect need to get a look at your teeth before they can create your aligners, so your first move is to complete and submit an impression kit.
The impression kit involves making molds of your top and bottom dental arches using a special impression putty. Some customers find it difficult to nail their impressions on the first try, which can be frustrating. Larger companies like SmileDirectClub and Candid have remedied this issue by constructing physical locations nationwide where you can receive free teeth scans. But AlignerCo and SnapCorrect don’t have the same kind of retail network, but they do provide some helpful resources. For example, AlignerCo will schedule a video call to walk you through the entire impression kit.
And if you know that you messed up either company’s impressions, give them a call so they can send another kit your way.
Home aligner treatments are almost always faster than in-office ones like Invisalign. So, if you go with either of these companies, you should expect some relatively quick results. However, among home aligner companies, there are faster options than SnapCorrect and AlignerCo.
Most SnapCorrect aligner plans take 6-9 months, while AlignerCo’s average treatment time ranges from 6-11 months. To compare, the fastest option available (byte) typically takes just 3 months.
Home aligner companies don’t just transform your smile by realigning it; they also provide whitening products to help it sparkle. AlignerCo doesn’t offer any whitening products, so it won’t affect your timeline or routine at all. But even if you purchase outside whitening products, you can’t use them with AlignerCo’s aligners, since it will interfere with their fit.
SnapCorrect provides free whitening for life (which is a great perk), but you can’t use their complete whitening kit until after you’ve finished your aligner plan. You can use their Daily White Fusion foam along with your aligners, if you’d like, but not the full SnapWhite treatment. So, you might have to wait a bit longer before achieving your ideal smile.
Because home aligner treatment is a completely remote process, there’s some back-and-forth involved with getting started. The company will send you an impression kit and you’ll return molds of your teeth. Then, if the impressions are acceptable, the company’s dental professionals will develop your treatment plan and send it back to you. At this point, you’ll decide whether or not you’d like to continue with treatment. If so, the company will produce and ship your aligners.
The companies want to ensure your treatment quality and safety, so producing your aligners isn’t necessarily a quick process. You shouldn’t expect to discover aligners in your mailbox right after you complete your impression kit. Rather it will take a few weeks to carefully design and produce your aligners. For SnapCorrect, this entire process (including shipping) takes 5-6 weeks, while AlignerCo takes 4-5.
When comparing aligner appearances, you’ll likely be searching for the least noticeable one. The best looking aligners are the ones that barely show up at all. Of course, different companies have different ideas about how to achieve this invisibility. SnapCorrect and AlignerCo are in consensus about what makes a good-looking aligner, as their aligners are made from the same types of plastic and constructed the same way.
- Uses a smooth, translucent, shiny plastic
- Scallops their aligners to match your gum line
- Reasonably stain resistant
- Also uses a translucent and shiny plastic
- Also trims their aligners to match your gum line
- Reasonably stain resistant
Different companies have different ideas about what makes an aligner better looking. SnapCorrect and AlignerCo, for example, both strive to make their aligners as translucent and smooth as possible. AlignerCo’s website states that they make the “world’s clearest aligners” and SnapCorrect’s posts side-by-side photos with competing aligners to show how theirs are more clear.
Other companies’ aligners, however, are frosted and textured. That might seem counterintuitive, but we think it actually makes them less visible. Your teeth are porous and naturally matte, so these aligners better mimic their natural surfaces. Clear, smooth aligners can make them seem artificially shiny.
But you shouldn’t just take our word for it. Aesthetic preferences are different for each person, so consider you own styles and taste before making a decision.
This doesn’t just influence aligner effectiveness, but appearance as well. Aligners cut to match your gum lines, like SnapCorrect’s and AlignerCo’s, might be less powerful, but they’re also more discreet. When you’re wearing straight-cut aligners, someone in close quarters might be able to see where they overlap your gums. Scalloped aligners don’t present this same issue.
Both companies make aligners that are resistant to staining, but we would not recommend drinking colored beverages while wearing them.
Customer Service Comparison
Quality service and support can either make or break a customer’s experience. Caring, responsive support can make you feel valued and important, while lackluster communication can instill disappointment and frustration. These companies are relatively young and don’t have a large number of customer reviews, so they can be difficult to evaluate.
These two companies are tricky because neither one has a lot of online reviews, so it’s tough to gauge their customer service quality. Even so, both SnapCorrect and AlignerCo customers often rave about the level of personalized care they receive.
SnapCorrect Customer Service
AlignerCo Customer Service
- Provides standard support options
- Customer service appears responsive but doesn’t have many customer reviews
- Doesn’t offer refunds, but will provide refinements for those who qualify. These refinements may cost extra
- Provides standard support options, plus video calls
- Customers typically report satisfaction with the service they receive.
- No refunds, but allows customers to apply for $200 refinements as long as they followed the treatment plan
SnapCorrect is available during standard business hours on a variety of support platforms – phone, webchat, and email. AlignerCo offers the same communication channels from 9am – 6pm, Monday through Saturday. They’ll also schedule a video call walkthrough if you need help with your impression kit.
Responsiveness & Helpfulness
To get a better sense of each company’s customer service experience, we read and watched numerous online reviews. After compiling review data and testing out their support channels for ourselves, both companies appear responsive and helpful.
SnapCorrect and AlignerCo are both still small, which allows them to give each customer personal attention. In online reviews, customers often rave about the high-quality support they received. We hardly found any customer service complaints about either company.
On their blog, SnapCorrect claims that they will return any unanswered calls the next day and most emails within one business day. When we reached out via webchat, we received a response in under five minutes. The same goes for AlignerCo. Their webchat is highly responsive and they will respond to email inquiries within a day.
It seems like you can’t go wrong with either one.
One of your reservations going into home aligner treatment might be: what if it doesn’t work out? And it’s a valid concern. You should know, however, that if you follow your treatment plan as prescribed, there’s an extremely good chance that you’ll see the results you want.
Still, there are rare cases that simply don’t turn out as expected. In these cases, SnapCorrect and AlignerCo won’t provide refunds. But they will let you apply for a refinement, which supplies you with more aligners to finish the job. These refinements cost extra, though.
SnapCorrect Company Background
AlignerCo Company Background
- Founded in 2017
- Expanded out of a whitening company in the beauty industry
- Still small, but gaining popularity and has a growing customer base
- Founded in 2019
- Carved out space as the most affordable home aligner option
- Still small, but gaining industry reputation and new customers
These are two of the younger companies out there, but both have acquired a small, loyal customer base by offering unique perks and quality service.
SnapCorrect is the sister company to Beaming White, the beauty industry’s leading whitening product supplier. So, right from the start, they had a leg up in the whitening game. They have sought to set themselves apart as an affordable option that provides free, high-quality whitening products for life and so far, they’ve done a commendable job. This, combined with their low initial price has garnered some attention, but not quite enough to vault them into the tier of larger companies yet.
AlignerCo is brand new to the home aligner scene. They started up in 2019 but they’ve countered their inexperience with incredibly affordable prices – the lowest in the entire industry. Most impressively, they haven’t sacrificed product quality for these low prices. Customers flocking to AlignerCo for their cost-effectiveness are finding highly-effective treatment and excellent support as well. It’s safe to say that this upstart has quickly become a worthy competitor for industry mainstays like Candid and SmileDirectClub.
Both of these companies are still growing and developing new promotions and procedures, and we’re excited to see how they evolve in the near future. But for now, we think that AlignerCo’s overall affordability and commitment to quality make them the better option.
Which Home Teeth Aligner Should You Use?
As you can see, SnapCorrect and AlignerCo have a lot in common, but you should focus more on their differences when making a final decision. If you’re still not sure which business formation service to choose, let’s look at a couple of scenarios that might help you figure out which is the better option for you.
Choose SnapCorrect if You Are:
Sticking to a strict budget, intrigued by the free whitening for life guarantee, and not concerned about going with a newer and more untested company.
Choose AlignerCo if You Are:
Searching for the lowest prices available along with reliable products and excellent customer service, and don’t mind their inexperience.