Everyone wants a straight, white, healthy smile. But not everyone can afford it (or they think they can’t afford it).
And SmileDirectClub understands this because they made an entire business model based on helping people align their teeth.
And the good news is that most people can afford it. SDC offers two main options: ordering an at-home impression kit and visiting a SmileShop near you.
Let’s look into both.
SmileDirectClub – What Is It?
SmileDirectClub is a company that offers custom-made clear plastic teeth aligners that straighten your teeth gradually over time.
These aligners come in a set of multiples, each aligner making small adjustments to your teeth, gradually straightening your teeth. So as one aligner moves your teeth to the desired position, you would move onto the next aligner to further adjust your teeth. The folks at SDC will map out where your teeth will end up and what aligners to use.
But how do you know if these aligners are right for you?
Easy — you just visit your local SmileShop to get a 3D scan or take a smile assesment online (more on that later). Once SDC gets your impression, they can analyze it and tell you if you’re a candidate or not.
Generally speaking, these aligners are for people who need minor to moderate teeth correction. This can include closing spaces between teeth, crowded teeth, rotations, and even bite correction.
Is SmileDirectClub Safe?
This process sounds great in theory. But, as with any new entrepreneurial endeavor in the dental world, we have to ask if it works and if it’s safe.
Here’s the short answer: it’s perfectly safe.
A licensed dentist or orthodontist oversees the whole process, helping to modify and approve each user’s situation. They say on their website that this ensures your state’s “Standards of Care” are met.
About six out of 10 people report a successful alignment with SDC, although that doesn’t include many of the reviewers who had not yet completed the process. So the number of positive reviews could be a lot higher than that.
“I would do this again,” a happy customer of SDC writes. “Smile Direct is like going to get your hair done at your hairstylist house instead of a hair salon with all the bells and whistles. They were however highly professional… The dental assistant was great at explaining the process and taking the impressions.”
SmileDirectClub Before And After Pictures
How To Get Started With SmileDirectClub?
How can you get an invisible aligner with SmileDirectClub? You have two main options: visit your local SmileShop or get at-home impression kit.
Option #1: Visit Your Local SmileShop
The first way for SDC to get an impression of your smile is in-person. To do this, you’d simply visit your local SmileShop where a SmileGuide will take the 3D scan of your teeth.
A licensed dental professional will review your case, make a plan, and stick with you the entire way.
And the whole in-office process takes just 30 minutes! To find a location near you, check out their SmileShop locations.
Option #2: Order The At-Home Impression Kit
After taking the smile assessment online, SDC will mail you a free at-home impression kit. Once you get the kit, you would then follow the instructions included with the shipment to take an impression of your teeth.
Then you’ll mail the impression(s) back to SDC as directed.
Back at SDC headquarters, they’ll make a 3D image of your smile so they can learn how to best align your teeth.
Just like in the previous option, a licensed dentist or orthodontist will be assigned to your case and oversee the straightening process from beginning to end.
In Both Cases…
Whether you go with option one or option two, you’ll get to look at the plan created by the dental professional. You’ll even get to see what they expect your final smile to look like.
After the whole aligning process, which typically takes about 6 months, you can invest in a set of retainers so that your smile stays beautiful. Before getting a retainer, you’ll be able to speak with the professional assigned to your case to make sure you get the right one.
You can choose Single Pay, which costs $1,850 and is paid in full upfront.
Or you can go with SmilePay, where you pay $250 up front, then $80 per month for 24 months (the total ends up being $2,170).
SDC does note that they accept HSA, FSA, and CareCredit and may be able to reimbursement you through your dental insurance plans.
As we mentioned above, to see if there’s a SmileShop near you, just visit SDC’s “Locations” page and you can scroll through the locations by state. Some of the shops are in Hollywood, Miami, and Brooklyn.
SmileDirectClub vs. Invisalign
One alternative to SDC is Invisalign. It’s very similar, but at the same time, very different.
Dentist Visit Or Not?
Everything with SDC can be done virtually and through the mail. You don’t have to visit the dentist — you can do this all from the comfort of your home. However, you can go to a participating dental office to get the impressions done, if there’s one near you.
At Invisalign, on the other hand, you have to meet the dental professional in-person. A lot of people find this factor a deal-breaker for Invisalign.
Some people may find it nice that you can pay for your teeth alignment in stages. This can be especially helpful for those with a fixed income. That’s why SDC offers monthly installment payments for their products.
However, because your dentist installs the prosthesis, you may be able to work out a payment plan with them, especially if you’re left with a big bill. Another option is to get a dental discount plan, which can save you up to 60% on each dental service, regardless of pre-existing conditions or insurability.
SDC will probably end up being more affordable than Invisalign, and that’s great news if you’re on a tight budget or fixed income.
- SmileDirectClub makes custom clear plastic teeth straightening devices that they mail right to your door
- They’re completely safe and effective, thanks to a licensed dentist or orthodontist who oversees the whole process
- To make an impression of your teeth, you can visit a SmileShop to have a professional scan an impression or use an at-home kit that SDC mails you
- However you make your smile impression, a dental professional will handle your case and lay out a plan for you
- You can do everything online, you can make monthly payments, and their customer service is top-notch
- Most SmileDirectClub customer report a successful alignment and that they’re happy with their experience