What is Uniform Teeth?
We are a medical practice of hand-picked orthodontists who specialize in prescribing clear aligners to straighten teeth and correct bites. Most of our orthodontists spend 80% of their time with patients and 20% of their time leading the innovation in teeth alignment by lecturing at universities, developing proprietary alignment software, and studying complex patient cases.
Dr. Kjeld Aamodt, founder and Chief Orthodontist, hires and trains all orthodontists at Uniform. Dr. Aamodt graduated from 6 years of medical training at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and regularly returns to his alma mater to give lectures and mentor students. Unlike other aligner providers, we only hire orthodontists who specialize in the science of teeth alignment — we do not hire dentists.
Uniform orthodontists are hand-selected based on their training and clinical reputation. Our orthodontists have graduated from not only top medical programs like UCSF, but also Columbia University. Potential orthodontists for Uniform go through a rigorous 360 degree vetting process — we get feedback from their patients and interview other orthodontists who know them.
Even with their stellar clinical reputation and education, newly minted Uniform orthodontists shadow and train with Dr. Aamodt for several months before managing patients by themselves.
Clear aligners are thin, removable, plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They apply a small amount of pressure to each tooth to slowly and intentionally move your teeth into the correct position. You swap out new aligners every week. Each aligner is different and moves your teeth further along in the process.
Our clear aligners are made of biocompatible, BPA-free plastic that are specifically designed to fit your teeth at each stage of your treatment. When worn, they are clear and nearly invisible!
How are you different?
Invisalign makes software and clear aligners to move teeth. Any dentist or orthodontist can pay $2,000 and take an eight hour course to learn how to administer Invisalign. That’s why thousands of dentists/orthodontists across the world offer Invisalign. After you see the doctor, he/she sends your scans to one of hundreds of technicians in Costa Rica to plan how your teeth will move during your treatment. Your actual aligners are then manufactured in Mexico. Invisalign tends to be 2x more expensive than Uniform because of corporate overhead costs and margin sharing with their network of doctors.
Moving teeth is a serious medical procedure so at Uniform, every orthodontist is a trained orthodontist (no dentists) who specializes in clear aligners. Compared to dentists, orthodontists have an additional 2 – 3 years of training on the intricacies of teeth alignment. Our orthodontists also share learnings and help each other with their cases. This expertise allows us to treat severe, complex teeth movements and cut treatment times down by as much as 50%.
We also have more control over the precision of your teeth movement because we don’t outsource your treatment plan to technicians in other countries and all of our aligners are made right here, in the United States.
Smile Direct Club (SDC) is a “no doctor visit” aligner service. This allows them to process hundreds of thousands of customers. You mail in a mold impression of your teeth or go to one of their shops to get your teeth scanned. They send your mold or scan to a technician to plan your teeth movement — a doctor may oversee that and dozens of other technicians at the same time.
Because you never see a doctor, SDC treatments are limited to minor teeth movements so anything more involved like correcting bites, severe crowding, and gaps is unattainable with SDC. More importantly, teeth alignment is a serious medical procedure and proceeding without seeing a trained orthodontist can lead to health risks. The American Association of Orthodontists recently released this Consumer Alert about companies like SDC.
At Uniform, we do not take any shortcuts — we require you to come in and have a full examination with one of our orthodontists before prescribing your aligner treatment. This allows us to go through a health assessment and identify any potential risks and the most precise prescription of teeth movements.
Our orthodontists also share learnings and help each other with their cases. This expertise allows us to treat severe, complex teeth movements (basically anything that doesn’t require surgery) and cut treatment times down by as much as 50%.
Who is Uniform Teeth for?
Kids and teens starting at 11 years old are great candidates, as most adult teeth have come in at that age.
We can correct 99% of bite and alignment issues — basically anything that doesn’t require surgery. We’ve meticulously perfected the right mix of precision treatment plans and our orthodontists have successfully helped many patients after other aligner treatments deemed them untreatable.
Yes! Most of our patients have had braces in the past and many have used Invisalign. They come to us either because their teeth have shifted back into place or their original treatment didn’t align their teeth correctly.
Yes! Just let your orthodontist know and we’ll take a 3D x-ray to make sure that we create a treatment plan with your implant in mind.
No problem. We can still correct your alignment and bite.
Yep, we can still help. We can also close that gap for you!
What is the treatment process?
If you’ve had braces or Invisalign you know that you have to go back and see your doctor every 4 – 6 weeks. We typically ask you to come back for 3 - 5 visits during the length of your entire treatment. Send in pictures of your smile and our orthodontists will let you know if you are tracking nicely. You can also message us anytime with questions via the app.
Your teeth are constantly trying to shift back to their original state so you’ll need to wear your clear aligners 20 - 22 hours/day. So basically anytime you are not eating or drinking.
You typically change out your aligner for a new one every week. At the beginning of each week, you may feel some pressure as your teeth get used to the new aligner. Hang in there! It goes away after a couple of days.
You’ll get a free retainer to maintain your new smile!
How much does it cost?
Your entire treatment (all orthodontist visits, treatment plan, aligners, and retainer) will generally cost between $2,500 and $5,000. The exact price is dependent on the complexity of your teeth movements. Severely complex cases, based upon time and complexity, may incur a higher cost.
We must admit, we are not the cheapest option. Some aligner treatments are less than $2,000. We are also not the most expensive. Invisalign can cost up to $9,000.
When we set our pricing, we wanted to be thoughtful and fair. This pricing allows us to cover most of our costs while continuing to invest in research and technology to improve the science of teeth alignment for our patients.
Other aligner treatments are cheaper because they don’t require you to have in-person visits with an orthodontist. We require an exam with our orthodontist because this is a serious medical procedure that involves moving bones in your jaw. The American Association of Orthodontists recently released a Consumer Alert about the alternative inexpensive options.
Finally, we aren’t as expensive as Invisalign because we aren’t a large global corporate conglomerate with the pressures of satisfying public shareholders and large salaries. We have the great luxury of just satisfying our patients.
We accept FSA, HSA, HRA, and insurance. Please bring your dental insurance card to your appointment and we’ll check to see how much you qualify for. Most patients qualify for up to $1,500 in insurance benefits.
Yes! We’ll work with you during your consultation to set up a payment plan. Most patients qualify for 0% interest plans.