SmileLove is an invisible aligner company offering great service at a great price. Reviews speak for themselves. Customers praise how quickly and efficiently the company deals with reported issues. In the remote treatment world this is rare and impressive.
In this review, we have compiled details that will help you prepare for what the SmileLove process is like step-by-step. You’ll find out about the costs, how to apply, when to expect each package, and more. Let’s get started!
Check if you’re a candidate
You might want to get a general idea of whether you qualify for the SmileLove treatment before purchasing a starter kit. A great way to do that is to fill out the online assessment. It is composed of a few quick questions and won’t take more than a few minutes.
Here are some things that SmileLove looks at when considering you for treatment:
- Small misalignment
- Slight crowding or spacingh
- No baby teeth
- Patient is 15 or older
- No permanent retainer
Not so good
- Gum disease
- Small teeth
- Eroded teeth
- Dental implants
- Wisdom teeth
- Missing dentition
- Extreme overbite
- Extreme underbite
- Dental work or oral surgery required
This is one of the reasons why Smilelove requires patients to visit a dentist prior to treatment. If they give the go-ahead, you might be a candidate despite having, for example, wisdom teeth or missing dentition.
As opposed to other popular home teeth straightening kits, Smilelove does not only work within the US, but also in Canada.
Do your impressions
You can order the SmileLove impression kit here. It costs $79 or comes free with a bundle (more on payment options below). If it turns out that you don’t qualify for treatment, or if you just don’t like the preview they prepare, you will be fully reimbursed. So why not try it out?
The package will be sent to you within two business days of your purchase. Shipping should last about a week.
The SmileLove impression kit contains:
- practice putty,
- 4 trays (2 for top teeth and 2 for bottom),
- dental impression (real) putty,
- instructions for photos and impressions,
- a mouth stretcher, and
- a prepaid shipping label.
Doing impressions at home isn’t self-explanatory, though, so check out Smilelove’s instructional video before you begin. They also have a blog post to walk you through it.
There are three sizes of trays to accommodate anyone. You get a text after you order the kit and this is the time to let them know if you think you need anything other than the “regular” size. This helps avoid wrong-sized trays.
What if you only want treatment on one arch? That’s no problem, however, you do have to take top and bottom impressions anyway. This way Smilelove can make sure your bite doesn’t shift out of alignment during the process.
Once you ship the box off, wait for Smilelove to confirm they got it. They’ll let you know by email.
Check the treatment preview
After submitting all your information (online assessment, impressions, photos) you will get an email with the treatment preview. Do not ignore it! Your aligners are going to be made after you accept it.
The preview is prepared by an orthodontist. It includes a digital rendition of your smile before and after. There are five snapshots of your mouth from different perspectives: the front, left, right, and the upper and lower arches.
At this point, you also find out how many aligners you are going to have and how long your process will last. Treatments with Smilelove typically take between six and twenty-four months.
You will have the option to accept the plan or cancel your purchase. In the case of the latter, you are fully reimbursed. Aligners should get to you within 4-6 weeks. If they don’t, use the contact form to find out what’s going on.
Straighten your teeth
The aligners themselves are made of Essix plastic and are completely BPA-free. They were designed with Smilelove’s own ClearComfort technology. They are clear and hand-trimmed to fit around your gums.
Most other home teeth straightening brands produce trays that are cut straight across. This makes them more uncomfortable and patients have to spend hours shaving them down. Smilelove does provide a file for you to use, however you won’t need it as much as you would with competing companies.
The Smilelove package comprises of:
- all of your aligners upfront,
- a removal tool,
- a file,
- a movement calendar, and
- free retainers.
If you purchase the bundle you will additionally receive a carrying case, tray spray, lip balm, and premium whitening. The last will be shipped at the end of treatment, though.
What’s it like to wear the aligners?
First of all, you should be wearing them as much as possible. The recommended time is 22 hours a day, giving you just enough of a break to eat and drink (liquids other than water). Yep, this means you sleep with them on as well.
Maintenance is not too difficult either. Brush and floss your teeth before you put the trays in and rinse them under cold water when you take them out. Do not put them in the dishwasher or use toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive. Soap is actually best, but you can also use retainer or denture cleaner.
Soaking them in mouthwash would be a bad idea. Those often contain green or blue coloring which your teeth are immune to. Aligners are not so lucky.
Lastly, straightening your teeth with clear braces means no gum chewing. That doesn’t mean your breath can’t be fresh! Some bundle options include Tray Spray (or you can order it online) that keeps your trays minty and clean.
To make things even easier, each packet has detailed information on the back. This includes what you can or cannot eat, care instructions, and what to do in case of potential issues.
Dispelling your concerns
What if an aligner gets lost? That’s not a huge problem. Pop in your next one and wear it for the remaining time, plus the two weeks that were intended for it.
If the trays are tight and uncomfortable even after a few days, you are not wearing them as much as you should. If you miss a couple days or only wear them for a couple hours a day, you might need new impressions and another treatment plan.
Before that happens, you have a chance to make things right, though. Just wear your best fitting aligners until they start to feel loose, and move on to the next set. After that, proceed as normal.
What if I feel like something has gone wrong?
You might be doing everything right (or maybe you do have a guilty conscience) but something can always go wrong. Your mouth is an organ system and it can behave in unpredictable ways. If you are worried about anything you can always reach out to the team.
Smilelove gets great reviews on their customer support. It is 100% US-based, helpful, and responsive. Apart from a video call when doing your impressions, you can also text or chat with representatives online at any time.
Love your new smile
You can expect a whitening kit at the end of your treatment. It includes a three-month supply and an LED light. You get a code by email that lets you order the kit online with a free checkout.
This boosts the effects, as teeth are not only straight but bright and shiny as well.
After you are done with all your trays it is time to wear a retainer. You, unfortunately, have to wear it indefinitely. For the first two weeks it acts as your last set of aligners. After that, only put it on when you go to sleep.
Your first one comes free with your Smilelove package. However, if you lose or break it, you are looking at a cost of $99.
Smilelove claims that if you take really good care of your retainer, it can serve you for up to two years. It is a good idea to have spares on-hand, though. You don’t want to go without it if you lose or break one. Your teeth may use this time to revert to their initial position.
The cost of Smilelove treatment
Smilelove offers the same payment options to all patients. You won’t be penalized for having a more serious issue in your mouth than some others. Right now you can save $400 on Fast-Track Bundle on Valentine’s Sale and another $25 using the promo code “SMILE2020”.
Here is an overview of the costs:
|What you’re paying for||Amount|
|Fast-Track Bundle (impression kit included)||$1,895|
|Kit-first plan (no impression kit)||$1,895|
|Pay Monthly||$79/mo and $250 down payment|
The Fast-Track Bundle is all-inclusive. It saves you paying for the impression kit. If you decide to go with the kit-first plan, on the other hand, you have to consider this cost.
To make it even easier for you, HSA and FSA are honored. A money-back guarantee is offered as well if you are unhappy with the results. In case you are unsure whether your dental insurance covers orthodontia, you can reach out to your provider directly. You can also ask a Smilelove representative for help.
Smilelove vs. SmileDirectClub
SmileLove’s biggest competitor is SmileDirectClub. They have been around longer and are arguably more established. But how do they compare?
Prices for Smilelove and SDC are the same if you’re paying all at once. If, however, you want to go for the installment plan, the first is slightly more affordable with both primary plans lasting twenty four months.
Smilelove also comes out a little cheaper thanks to the first set of free retainers and the fact that they are good for about two years. SDC charges for each pair and they recommend switching them out in as little as six months.
The whole teeth straightening journey can happen fully remotely with both companies. If you do want a consultation, however, then SmileDirectClub offers the option to visit a SmileShop. What’s more, they are to be available in-office in the near future, much like Invisalign.
The differences include how detailed the treatment plan is. SDC shows you the whole thing step-by-step in 3D, whereas SmieLove only exhibits the before and after in fixed perspectives.
The aligners themselves are a little different, too. SmileDirectClub produces trays with a straight edge that has to be filed down to prevent it from digging into the gums. Smilelove cuts them in a scalloped fashion, so that they “hug” the teeth.
And lastly, SmileDirectClub sends over their whitening kit with the aligner box. It is recommended that patients bleach their teeth during the process. Smilelove ship their premium whitening at the end of the treatment.
- Cheaper installment plan
- First set of retainers is free
- Retainers last two years
- Fully remote
- Before & after preview
- Scalloped aligners
- Whitening kit is sent at the end of treatment
- Retainers are not free
- Retainers last six months
- In-office options
- Step-by-step 3D preview
- Aligners are cut straight across
- Whitening kit is sent with the aligner package
These two brands are not the only home teeth straightening kits on the market. You’ve probably already heard of Invisalign, Candid, and byte. And if you haven’t, it’s worth checking them out, even if it’s just research.