Smile Direct Club Vs. Traditional Braces: Here’s What We Think (+ Save Over $200!)
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In the market for a new smile?
Even those of us with a generally well-aligned smile probably wouldn’t mind the chance to have a new-and-improved set of teeth. Whether it’s slight crowding or spaces that are a little too wide for your liking, chances are there’s a little somethin’ you wanna improve.
Unfortunately, corrective dental options are pricey… like, SUPER pricey. That can be a deterrent for a lot of folks, especially those without insurance. So when the team heard about Smile Direct Club and their affordable aligners, our curiosity was piqued! We decided to try ‘em out and see if they’re a viable & affordable alternative to spendier dental corrective procedures.
So what’s Smile Direct Club and how does it work?
First off, your interaction with Smile Direct Club can remain pretty much all online, which is super convenient for a lot of folks (but also a downside for others…more on that later). Of course, if one of their facilities is close to you, you can definitely opt to visit and get your impressions made in person.
Just follow the super simple ordering process:
Order the Smile Direct Club Impression Kit $59
Use code “HIP200” to get 70% off your impression kit
Score FREE Overnight shipping
Final cost just $18 shipped
But better yet, it’s FREE after rebate when you return your completed impressions!
After you’ve gone through the impression process, you pop them in a return package and send them off! Smile Direct Club will contact you with a digital rendering of what you have to look forward to with your new smile.
And speaking of the impression process, it seemed pretty easy!
The kit comes with a few things, including gloves, putties, and dental trays. First, you put on the gloves that came in the box from Smile Direct Club. After you’re gloved up, you mix the two differently-colored putties together for a minute.
When they’re well-mixed, you want to quickly roll the putty into a cylinder shape and place it evenly in the dental trays.
Then, you open wide and use your hands to press the tray with the putty to the top of your mouth until you can feel the bottom. You just hang out that way for a few minutes as you wait for the putty to harden.
When you take the tray out, you’ll be able to see your impressions and the putty should be nice and solid.
Repeat these steps three more times–one more top imprint and then two on the bottom–and then you’re almost done.
The last step is everyone’s favorite part… or is it? 🤣
The weird plastic contraption you get with your kit is a smile stretcher. You pop it in on each side of your mouth, and then take three photos to send to Smile Direct Club so they can get the full picture of what your mouth looks like. We’d suggest doing this alone unless you don’t mind your friends and fam having a laugh… but we can’t blame them. 😝
When you’ve finished all the steps, you put everything back in the box with a prepaid shipping label and send it on back!
The Smile Direct Club setup is super easy, and we really liked doing all this without leaving home, but what about the price?
Overall, purchasing an aligner from Smile Direct Club has the potential to be a lot cheaper than traditional corrective procedures.
If you have insurance, the type of insurance you have greatly affects the price of Smile Direct Club aligners vs. traditional braces. You can check to see your potential savings with the handy insurance tool on the Smile Direct Club website.
However, if you don’t have insurance, Smile Direct Club will almost surely be a cheaper option for ya. While we can’t exactly pinpoint the cost of braces or other aligners because they vary so much, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. And yikes, that’s a lot of money to pay out of pocket!
If you’re debating whether or not to give Smile Direct Club a shot…
After discussing the experiences & cost our team has had with braces, and weighing the pros and cons, we think Smile Direct Club is a great option for some folks! But for others, going the traditional route might be the best.
Smile Direct Club might be a great option for you if:
- You don’t have insurance. This is a biggie since Smile Direct Club’s single pay option is going to be hard to beat. Or, you can also choose to pay $89/month–pretty reasonable price for many people compared to traditional braces.
- You do have insurance, but it won’t cover your desired dental corrections. This really all depends on each individual’s insurance provider, but it’s not always straightforward and unfortunately, some may not cover it.
- You only need minor corrections. Now “minor” can have a lot of different definitions, but in this case, we mainly mean issues with spacing and/or crowding. If you or your child has a major over or underbite or other severe dental issues, it may be best to stick with traditional braces.
- You don’t want to be hassled by going to the doctor. Some folks just aren’t crazy about going to the doctor’s office more than they have to, so Smile Direct Club’s teledentistry would be a major plus!
You might wanna consider other options if:
- You have coverage. If cost isn’t a factor because your insurance covers most of, if not all, the cost of the procedure, you might be more comfortable just sticking with that.
- Your insurance company is open to negotiation. My Hip teammates Lina and Krystal made a great point that you can negotiate coverage with your insurance provider and potentially save a ton! Ask your provider if they recommend an orthodontist as those are sometimes easier to bargain with.
- You don’t want to have to worry about a retainer. Everyone, but teens especially, might have trouble keeping up with a removable aligner. Those are NOT cheap, so if there’s a chance it’ll get lost, it might be best to visit your orthodontist for a set of braces.
- You need a major corrective procedure. Unfortunately, some dental issues will require a more invasive solution than Smile Direct Club can provide. When checking out their eligibility quiz, they only addressed crowding and spacing. It might be best to see a specialist in person for more serious dental work.
- You prefer in-person help. While Smile Direct Club’s teledentistry is a major bonus for some, it’s also a pain point for others. If you’re more comfortable going to an orthodontist you know & trust, it’s better to stick with that.
All that being said, Smile Direct Club is an awesome option for a lot of people!
So if you’re looking to try out this convenient, affordable alternative to traditional dental work, we have good news! You can score this exclusive deal and save a ton of $$$ while getting a straighter smile.
Have any of you Hip readers tried Smile Direct Club? If so, let us know all about your experiences and what you thought!
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