Everybody wants that smile they've always dreamed of, but no one wants to have metal stuck to their teeth for upwards of 2 years. Luckily, that's not a necessity anymore if you want straighter teeth.
More and more people are turning to clear plastic aligners to help them achieve a better smile. The major benefit of clear aligners is obvious - they're clear and discreet.
There are a couple of different brands out there right now that offer these clear aligners, and it can be tricky to figure out which one is for you.
Two of the most popular ones we've come across are Invisalign and SmileDirectClub. We compared them both to see which one we'd recommend. Here's what we found:
- Both are made from clear plastic
- Both are less visible than regular braces.
- Both are designed to give you straighter teeth
- Both are prescribed and monitored by state-licensed doctors
- Both involve check-ins with your treating doctor
- Treatment with SmileDirectClub costs about $1950
- Treatment with Invisalign costs between $3000 and $5200
- Treatment with SmileDirectClub takes about 6 months
- Treatment with Invisalign takes an average of 12 to 18 months
- SmileDirectClub gives you virtual access to your treating doctor via telehealth
- Invisalign involves regular in-person visits to your dentist
- SmileDirectClub guarantees results for life
SmileDirectClub is doctor-directed, which means you will be assigned a dentist or orthodontist who is licensed in your state to oversee your treatment virtually. You can start your Smile Journey from home with their impression kit, visit a SmileShop for a 3D image, or book an in-office visit with a dentist in the SmileDirectClub Partner Network - whatever suits you best!
The kit is super easy to use. Once you've made an impression of your teeth you send it back in the prepaid mailer, and your aligners are shipped directly to you in just a few weeks. Unlike Invisalign or normal braces, SmileDirectClub never requires you to shave your teeth or have buttons and attachments glued to your teeth.
Treatment takes an average of 4-6 months to complete because of their 22-hour continuous wear plan. They also have a Nighttime Aligners™ option for people whose lifestyle doesn't suit wearing aligners during the day, which are worn for 10 hours every night and usually takes about 8-10 months.
SmileDirectClub comes with a Lifetime Smile Guarantee™* with which you qualify for a free aligner touch-up each year if you ever need one, so long as you wear your retainers as prescribed and replace them every 6 months.
All of this costs only $1950.
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To start treatment with Invisalign, you'll need to visit an Invisalign-approved doctor in person to assess your teeth and establish a treatment plan. Invisalign creates and sells the aligners to your doctor, which means they have to mark up the price. Invisalign costs $5200 on average.
Some orthodontists may prefer you to shave down your teeth in order to start with Invisalign (tooth shaving can end up accelerating tooth decay- yikes!). They may also require the use of attachments and buttons.
Invisalign treatment lengths vary a lot from case to case.**
It's important to consider your own needs. If you have a more complex case, Invisalign might be your better bet. However, given the price tag it might be worth seeing if you're a SmileDirectClub candidate first. For those with mild-to-moderate crowding and spacing issues, SmileDirectClub is the clear winner.
SmileDirectClub is so easy, but also effective. You can do it all virtually from home and have the smile you've always wanted in just 6 months! Not only are they much faster and more convenient, but SmileDirectClub costs 60% less than Invisalign because there are no mark ups. They even have financing options - choose a one-time payment of $1950 or get started with just $250 down followed by less than $89/month.
If you're a candidate for SmileDirectClub you can start your journey as soon as today! Check them out, you won't regret it.
*See SmileDirectClub.com/guarantee for details.