Smile Direct Club – Invisalign Alternative!
10 years after I had my braces off, I looked in the mirror and realized that I didn’t like my smile anymore. Now, I won’t sit here and pretend I did all the right things with my teeth in the last 10 years, because I didn’t. I never wore my retainers (bad move, so any teenager out there that just got their braces off, WEAR THEM!), and then my wisdom teeth started to shift all of my teeth. Long story short, my retainers stopped fitting, I needed to get all 4 wisdom teeth taken out and then I was left with a smile I was not happy with.
So, I first went back to my orthodontist for the first time in 10 years. I wanted to get fitted for Invisalign (my teeth were not really crooked, they just needed some shifting) and I was quoted for $4500!!!! There was no way I was going to pay that, when I only needed Invisalign for 10 months. I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money for something so vain.
However, I found an alternative that was a 1/3 of the price. It’s a company called Smile Direct Club and I found it after googling Invisalign pricing for about a week after getting that ridiculous quote. I kept getting these ads popping up on my facebook, pinterest, etc. about SDC and I finally got curious and clicked on it.
What is Smile Direct Club? How much did I pay for treatment?
It’s basically the same company as Invisalign, minus the physical doctor visits – which is why the cost was a lot less. They have two options for payment, a “Smile Pay” option which is a monthly payment (interest tacked on, but not much!) or a one time payment. When I signed up for the treatment, the one time cost was $1500.
I received the impression kit in the mail (again, another way they save on the cost), sent the kit back and then they analyzed the impressions and sent me the treatment plan in a 3D model on my account online (it was actually really cool!)
These are not my teeth but the 3D model actual moves and shows what each aligner should do in the process! Pretty impressive.
Along with the impression kit, they require pictures of your top and bottom teeth at certain angles. If your case is not going to be fixed with SDC, they will not approve your case and would recommend real braces.
Every two weeks I have to change to a new aligner, and I get aligners in the mail every few weeks. The process is seamless and soooo easy. I am about half way through the treatment, but so far so good!
Here is a link that will give anyone a discount on the impression kit, if you’d like to try it out. No obligation if you buy the impression kit and decide to not do the treatment.