Are there differences between Realine and Invisalign?
Answer: More complex situations can be corrected with Invisalign. Invisalign involves a lot more aligner trays, a lot more time to treat, and a lot more expense. If your situation can be helped by Realine, the process is a straightforward 5-stage aligner plan. Minor cosmetic issues can be treated over a period of about 3 to 4 months. The fee for Realine is roughly one-third the fee for Invisalign.
Conceptually, however, both systems are similar, using clear, comfortable, custom fit trays which you wear for 23+ hours per day. You take them out to eat, brush and floss. Every two weeks or so, you progress to the next set of trays.
The last difference between the two systems is that Invisalign requires the dentist to undergo a comprehensive preliminary training program before the dentist is even allowed to offer Invisalign. Invisalign also provides extensive continuing education modules. Dr. Meyer has completed all the required Invisalign training, continues to improve his skills as time goes by, and has almost a decade of clinical experience. Realine has no preliminary training requirements to become a provider, and it remains to be seen if Realine continuing education classes will become available. In other words, any dentist can just "sign up" and - presto! - they are a Realine provider.
Dr. Meyer's suggestion: question your dentist's level of expertise before committing to a plan.