Smile Rx Custom Aligners is a dream come true for our founder, Dr. Jonathan Shouhed. When he started West LA Orthodontics, Dr. J realized that many of his patients wanted to use clear aligners to correct their orthodontic problems, but the treatment was out of reach for them financially. He created Smile Rx Custom Aligners to be a better, more versatile and more affordable alternative to other “brand” aligners.
After months of research, locating the best materials possible for his new type of aligners, and understanding the technology that goes into creating and fabricating orthodontic aligners, Smile Rx Custom Aligners was born. Dr. J found the perfect combination of premium products, predictable movements and reduced costs. He is proud to be one of the first orthodontists to provide excellent results at a fraction of the price of other aligner systems.
Partnering with uLab Systems, Dr. J utilizes a proprietary tooth movement software which allows him to provide short-term aligner orthodontic treatment with incredible efficiency. This, along with his early adoption of 3D printing of the aligners, enabled him to achieve excellent clinical results with maximum ease for his patients.
Years of research on thermoplastic materials for orthodontic applications have taught our development team some important lessons. The ideal clear aligner would:
Provide firm but gentle tooth movement force continually over a 7-14 day wear period, as prescribed.
Be comfortable to wear, as well as easy to insert and remove.
Appear transparent and remain transparent throughout the full course of use.
Our original state-of-the-art plastic aligner material met these important performance objectives, but since we’re always aiming for improvement, we developed a superior aligner material which was flexible enough to reduce the initial aligner insertion force required to insert an aligner, thereby increasing patient comfort, and also provide significantly better tooth movement force throughout the aligner stage.
Smile Rx Aligners exert 40% lower insertion force than other aligner materials and also deliver significantly better patient comfort throughout the entire treatment stage. This improved patient comfort combined with our 150%-plus better tooth movement force allows a wider range of treatment protocols.
Smile Rx’s cutting-edge technology combines an elastomeric inner core to provide flexibility and elasticity with a hard outer shell to increase elasticity and firmly grip the teeth. The tough outer shell precisely hugs the teeth, helping to make the desired tooth movements like rotation, extrusion and intrusion. It also provides a tough barrier to protect against grinding from the opposing dental arch.
The elastomeric middle layer of Smile Rx Custom Aligners combine with the hard outer shell to deliver the ability to rebound and recover from mechanical deformation, delivering up to 150%-plus better tooth movement force than competing materials over a 7-10 day wear period.