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Smile Direct Club: Is the aligner provider a good choice?

How well do the Smile Direct Club aligners work in the practice and how does the treatment go? We took a closer look at the products.

In the world of modern dentistry, aligners, also known as invisible braces, have triggered a small revolution.

Moving away from traditional metal braces, which are often considered unaesthetic, to a discreet and comfortable solution for straightening teeth – aligners have fundamentally changed the way people improve their smile.

From the first consultation to the radiant end result – the journey with aligners is an exciting one for both patients and dentists.

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Book a consultation appointment now at a nearby DrSmile partner practice and find out if teeth straightening with aligners is right for you.

The appointment is completely non-binding and does not involve any costs.

With the code “THATSMILE150” you will receive 150 € discount on the treatment.

Not only aesthetic but also health aspects play a role here. Aligners can help to correct misaligned teeth, improve oral health and boost self-confidence.

In this article, we take a closer look at an aligner provider that has been playing a major role on the market for several years now: The Smile Direct Club.

We tell you how its innovative technology works, who can benefit from it and what you can expect from an aligner treatment with the Smile Direct Club.

Young woman inserts aligners in her mouth - Smile Direct Club experiences

Who is actually behind the Smile Direct Club?

First things first: according to its German website, the Smile Direct Club is currently no longer accepting new “members”.

In concrete terms, this means that the treatment is not currently available in Germany.

As soon as there is news, we will inform you here. Until then, we would still like to provide you with some information about the company here.

Smile Direct Club (SDC) is a “teledentistry” company based in the USA. The Smile Direct Club is now relatively well known there for its DIY orthodontics.

Smile Direct Club specializes in providing invisible aligners, which are used to correct mild to moderate malocclusions.

Basically, there is much less information about the Smile Direct Club on the Internet than about competitors such as DrSmile.

The aligner provider is also much less represented on social media and YouTube.

We currently do not know whether treatment with the Smile Direct Club will be available again in the near future.

It is of course also possible that the company will cease sales in the EU or perhaps even worldwide.

The invisible aligners are currently still available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States.

If you are currently looking for an aligner provider, we recommend DrSmile as an alternative.

DrSmile has already produced more than one million aligners and can look back on over 150,000 completed tooth corrections.

The company’s invisible aligners are already available in over 100 partner practices across Germany.

You can find more information about DrSmile here.

Young woman compares fixed braces and aligners

How does tooth correction with the Smile Direct Club work?

Aligners, often referred to as invisible braces, are a modern alternative to traditional braces.

They consist of a series of clear, fixed plastic trays that are custom-made to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.

Each aligner is individually manufactured according to a precise treatment plan based on 3D scans or impressions of the dentition.

The way aligners work is relatively simple but effective: they exert continuous, light pressure on specific teeth.

This pressure causes the teeth to move slowly. Approximately every two weeks, the aligner is replaced with a new one, which moves the teeth further in the desired direction.

This process is continued until the teeth have reached their optimum position.

Get 150 € discount on your dental correction!
Woman holding aligner and smiling with thumbs up

Book a consultation appointment now at a nearby DrSmile partner practice and find out if teeth straightening with aligners is right for you.

The appointment is completely non-binding and does not involve any costs.

With the code “THATSMILE150” you will receive 150 € discount on the treatment.

The special thing about the Smile Direct Club is that the entire process usually takes place without regular visits to the orthodontist.

Instead, the treatment plan is created online and customers receive their aligners delivered directly to their home.

And this is how tooth correction works at the Smile Direct Club:

1. evaluation and initial consultation

The process begins with an online assessment, where potential clients answer questions about their tooth position and treatment goals.

You can then make an appointment at one of the SmileShops of Smile Direct Club to have a 3D scan of your teeth.

Alternatively, you can order an impression kit to take home and make a dental impression yourself.

2. preparation of the treatment plan

Based on the 3D scan or impressions, a team of dentists and orthodontists create an individual treatment plan.

This plan is then submitted to the customer for review and approval.

3. fabrication and delivery of the aligners

Once the treatment plan has been approved, the aligners are produced and sent to the customer.

The entire set of aligners required during the course of treatment is sent at once, together with instructions for use.

4. course of treatment

Customers wear the aligners according to the instructions, usually 22 hours a day, and change them every few weeks.

There are regular virtual check-ups throughout the process to monitor progress.

5. retention

Retention is required following treatment to prevent the teeth from shifting again.

Retainer splints are used for this, which are also worn all day in the first few weeks and later only at night.

Woman holding aligner in hand - closeup

How much do Smile Direct Club aligners cost?

At Smile Direct Club there is a single price for all treatments. As the treatment is not currently available in Germany, we will inform you here about the prices in the United States as an example.

Smile Direct Club prices include upper and lower jaws.

The Smile Direct Club prices at a glance:

  • One time payment: $2050
  • Installment: $89/month

Unfortunately, the costs of dental correction for adults are not usually covered by health insurance.

However, we still recommend that you do not focus exclusively on price when choosing an aligner provider.

Instead, rely primarily on authentic reviews and research lots of testimonials on the Internet.

Get 150 € discount on your dental correction!
Woman holding aligner and smiling with thumbs up

Book a consultation appointment now at a nearby DrSmile partner practice and find out if teeth straightening with aligners is right for you.

The appointment is completely non-binding and does not involve any costs.

With the code “THATSMILE150” you will receive 150 € discount on the treatment.

Who are the Smile Direct Club Aligners suitable for?

Smile Direct Club aligners (or aligners in general) are suitable for a wide range of people who want to correct their misaligned teeth.

However, their suitability depends on various factors, including the type of malocclusion, age and general state of oral health.

1. type of malocclusion

Smile Direct Club Aligners are ideal for the treatment of mild to moderate malocclusions.

In the case of complicated malocclusions – such as severe overbite, underbite, crossbite or other types of malocclusion – invisible braces reach their limits.

Incidentally, this applies to most aligner providers, including Harmonieschiene, Smileunion, Six Month Smiles, Braceless, Bestsmile and PlusDental.

Currently, only Invisalign products or, alternatively, traditional braces can be considered for serious tooth corrections.

2. age, maturity and discipline

Aligners are usually recommended for older teenagers and adults. The reason for this is that the dentition (jaws and teeth) may no longer be in growth.

At Smile Direct Club, treatment is only possible for patients of legal age. This is because compliance, i.e. consistently wearing the aligners, is a decisive factor for the success of the treatment.

Since aligners are removable, their use requires a high degree of discipline. They must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to be fully effective.

Specifically, this means that they should only be removed for eating, drinking (except water) and dental care.

3. general state of oral health

Good oral health is one of the most important prerequisites for the use of aligners.

People with gum disease, untreated tooth decay or other unresolved dental problems must first have these treated before they can start aligner treatment.

And not to forget:

In the specific case of Smile Direct Club, the aligners are only suitable for residents of the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States, as they are not currently available in other countries.

Young woman at the dentist gets her aligners

Conclusion on Smile Direct Club: Does the product deliver what it promises?

Even if only a few authentic reviews of DrSmile Club can be found on forums and social media, it is clear that discreet tooth correction with the company’s aligners is definitely possible.

However, we at About That Smile always recommend that you attend at least one appointment with your dentist or orthodontist before starting a tooth correction.

This is the only way for the experts to determine beyond doubt whether the teeth and jaw are healthy and suitable for correction with invisible aligners.

In the worst case scenario, untreated dental or gum disease can be exacerbated by wearing aligners regularly.

We therefore strongly advise you not to take impressions of your teeth on your own or in your own home.

In the case of Smile Direct Club, however, the question does not arise because, as already mentioned, the aligners are currently only available to patients residing in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States.

For this reason, the established provider DrSmile remains our recommendation for your teeth correction. There is a wealth of experience on the Internet – and the price structure is transparent.

The company also offers not only a good price-performance ratio but also a satisfaction guarantee in case you are not one hundred percent happy with the result.

Get 150 € discount on your dental correction!
Woman holding aligner and smiling with thumbs up

Book a consultation appointment now at a nearby DrSmile partner practice and find out if teeth straightening with aligners is right for you.

The appointment is completely non-binding and does not involve any costs.

With the code “THATSMILE150” you will receive 150 € discount on the treatment.

FAQs about the Smile Direct Club

Here we answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about Smile Direct Club aligners.

In this article, we compare Smile Direct Club with its competitor DrSmile.

What is the Smile Direct Club?

The Smile Direct Club is a company that specializes in providing invisible aligners. These aligners are designed to help correct misaligned teeth without the need for traditional braces.

How does the Smile Direct Club work?

Customers first receive an impression kit or visit a SmileShop for a 3D scan of their teeth. Based on this, Smile Direct Club creates a personalized treatment plan with a range of aligners that are delivered directly to the customer.

How long does a treatment with the Smile Direct Club take?

The average duration of treatment is 4 to 6 months, but can vary depending on the individual case.

How often do I have to wear the Smile Direct Club aligners?

Smile Direct Club recommends wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day to achieve optimal results.

Are the Smile Direct Club Aligners painful?

As with all orthodontic treatments, there may be some discomfort, especially when changing to a new aligner set. However, this feeling usually subsides quickly.

Can anyone use the Smile Direct Club?

Smile Direct Club is best suited for mild to moderate malocclusions. Traditional orthodontic treatment is often recommended for complex cases. Furthermore, the aligners are currently only available for patients residing in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States.

What happens after the Smile Direct Club treatment is completed?

After the treatment is completed, retainers must be worn to hold the teeth in their new position. Smile Direct Club offers these retainers as part of their service.

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