Smile Direct Club’s Affordable Alternative to Metal Braces

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Smile Direct Club’s Affordable Alternative to Metal Braces

Why so many patients are opting for clear aligner therapy over traditional braces

Those who have invested in traditional braces know how hefty the cost can be to straighten a smile. The average cost in the United States is $5,600. This is a high price to pay for a smile you’ll love when Smile Direct Club’s advanced clear alignment therapy can achieve the same excellent results for a fraction of the price. 

Smile Direct Club (SDC) prides itself on providing aligner therapy that customers need but otherwise might not be able to afford. SDC helps people across the world overcome this hurdle by offering affordable orthodontic treatment. Thanks to SDC’s forward-thinking approach, customers pay up to 60 percent less for clear aligner therapy than they would for traditional braces.

But it’s not just the cost benefits of Smile Direct Club’s clear aligners that make them such a winner for so many customers. Here are the other advantages of SDC’s clear aligner therapy over traditional braces.

  1. A Removable Product

While patients need to wear traditional braces 24/7, typically for at least a year, users have much more flexibility over when they wear their Smile Direct Club clear aligners. For example, SDC’s aligners are designed for 22 hours of wear at a time, allowing customers to remove their aligners when eating, drinking, and brushing. This makes these processes much easier, especially compared to braces, which can restrict some foods – such as popcorn, nuts, chewing gum, and crunchy fruit and vegetables – from a customer’s diet.

  1. Improved Hygiene

As the clear aligners are removable, it’s also much easier for customers to clean their aligners and their teeth. With no need for tiny interdental brushes, customers can uphold excellent hygiene and prevent plaque buildup. Removing the aligners also enables customers to clean the plastic thoroughly, particularly when using SDC’s ultrasonic SmileSpa™ cleaning solution.

  1. Shorter Timeframe

Smile Direct Club’s clear aligners straighten a patient’s smile in as little as four to six months, making the whole process much quicker than the traditional braces route. Patients typically wear braces for one to three years, enduring a painstakingly long journey to straight teeth. Meanwhile, SDC’s clear aligners are ideal for customers who hope to straighten their teeth in time for an important event, such as a wedding or graduation, that is just a few months away.

  1. Comfort

Braces can be immensely painful, especially after tightening appointments. While patients can sometimes expect a little soreness when wearing aligners, they are typically far more comfortable than braces. Plus, braces often cut cheeks and gums, which isn’t a problem with Smile Direct Club’s specially formulated BPA-free plastic.

  1. Remote Options

While traditional braces require time off work to make regular trips to the orthodontist, patients can manage their Smile Direct Club clear aligner therapy entirely from home. The option to order a doctor-prescribed, easy-to-use, remote impression kit is particularly popular in the current pandemic climate.

  1. Discreet Appearance

Clear aligners fit snugly over your teeth and are virtually undetectable. Meanwhile, traditional braces are far more obvious. Though Smile Direct Club’s aligners are discreet, those who are particularly worried about aesthetics will love SDC’s Nighttime Aligners, which customers only need to wear for 10 consecutive hours.

  1. No White Spot Lesions

While wearing braces can cause white spot lesions – the result of the brackets discoloring teeth – clear aligners bear no risk for this issue. With SDC’s clear aligners, customers don’t need to worry about discoloration when it’s finally time to enjoy their smiles.

How Smile Direct Club’s Clear Aligner Therapy Works

Smile Direct Club works on your schedule, so you can choose whether to attend an appointment at a SmileShop to get a free scan or order a doctor-prescribed remote impression kit. Both options are risk free, and one of SDC’s state-licensed dentists or orthodontists will use your impression or 3D image to create custom clear aligners for your individual treatment plan. SDC will ship your aligners within about 4-6 weeks, so you won’t have to wait long for your treatment to begin. Each set of aligners in your treatment plan will gradually shift your teeth into their correct positions. 

Smile Direct Club offers a single payment option of $1,950 for clear aligners or a monthly payment of less than $89, which is spread over two years. SDC also offers a Smile Guarantee to protect customers. This guarantee allows you to return your aligners and receive a full refund within 30 days after delivery.

About SmileDirectClub 

SmileDirectClub Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC) (“SmileDirectClub”) is an oral care company and creator of the first medtech platform for teeth straightening, now also offered directly via dentist and orthodontists’ offices. Through our cutting-edge teledentistry technology and vertically integrated model with all aligner products made in the United States, we are revolutionizing the oral care industry, from clear aligner therapy to our affordable, premium oral care product line. SmileDirectClub’s mission is to democratize access to a smile that each and every person loves by making it affordable and convenient for everyone. SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and operates in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Spain. For more information, please visit