Smile Direct Club vs Invisalign: Differences and Uses

Your journey to the perfect smile is nothing but rewarding. Today, the market offers various appliances intended for different dental and orthodontic issues. Some of the most popular orthodontic tools include retainers, headgear, braces and more. Even though a popular choice, braces are sometimes the second-best alternative for your teeth. Instead, what more patients turn to these days seeking orthodontic treatment are clear aligners (invisible braces). In fact, today’s article will look deep into the differences between Smile Direct Club vs. Invisalign.

Smile Direct Club vs. Invisalign: What’s the difference?

How different are Smile Direct Club and Invisalign set of aligners? Read on below.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of braces which impacts moderate to complex orthodontic issues and straighten the teeth. With Invisalign, you will have to be assessed online, to determine whether you are a candidate for the treatment. If all goes well, you will have to make an appointment with your doctor and decide on a treatment plan. This treatment requires monthly appointments with your licensed dentist or orthodontist.

If you decide on an Invisalign treatment, you might need to have your teeth shaved ahead of time. If necessary, an Invisalign treatment could also include buttons and attachments to the appliance. The attachments are usually fixed on your teeth, and look as if you were wearing clear braces. The price of Invisalign ranges from $3000 – $8000, depending on your specific case.

What is SmileDirectClub?

SmileDirectClub is a clear aligner which impacts moderate teeth issues and helps with teeth straightening. This is a great home treatment if you don’t have the time for regular appointments. If you decide on this type of orthodontic care, you will need to do a 30-second online assessment. Then, you will have to visit a local SmileShop and get a 3D scan of your teeth.

Most deliveries include all pieces necessary to set up the appliance. This way, you also avoid going to the doctor more often. Typically, check-ups are every 90 days.

The Pros and Cons of SmileDirectClub vs. Invisalign

Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of SmileDirectClub vs. Invisalign.

  1. SmileDirectClub Doesn’t Require Regular Doctor Visits

SmileDirectClub uses virtual communication as a method of kicking off the process. With that, you avoid monthly orthodontic appointments and wear the appliance at home. At the same time, this can also be seen as a disadvantage, as many patients require dental help at times. With no doctor available as part of the treatment, you’ll have to find a dental professional nearby.

With Invisalign, on the other hands, you will need to make regular appointments. While that is more comforting for some patients, it still requires plenty of adjustments. What is best, if the appliance is damaged, you can get it replaced immediately. Unfortunately, this is not the case with SmileDirectCLub.

However, if you opt for SmileDirectClub, a team of professionals will manage your treatment plan. This way, you are not really exposing yourself to risks and the treatment still offers great results. Moreover, this treatment takes your profile into consideration, before making the aligners.

If you choose a SmileDirectClub treatment, know that if your case Is more complex, your request will be rejected. In such a case, you will have to see a dentist and treat the issues first.

  1. SmileDirectClub Costs Less than Invisalign

While Invisalign treats more complex cases, it also costs more than SmileDirectClub. Invisalign prices range at about $6,000, whereas you can get a SmileDirectClub for under $2,000. In terms of effects, both are a favorable option, so the ultimate choice is up to you.


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  1. Refinement in Scans and Impressions

Speaking of the benefits of SmileDirectClub, one of the greatest it the clarity of results it provides. Unlike Invisalign, SmielDirectClub makes 3D prints of your teeth which increases the precision. With SmileDirectClub you get a better teeth impression kit, too. Home impression kits take samples of the teeth and are used to make your aligners custom-fit. 

  1. Invisalign Offers Bonus Attachments

If necessary, an Invisalign treatment may also include attachments for the teeth. These are  fixated on the teeth and are clear, which makes them customer-friendly. The attachments serve so the appliance can work better and match the shade of your teeth.

On the other hand, in SmileDirectClub, there is absolutely no need for attaching additional pieces. The invisible aligners work amazingly on their own and deliver great results in return. So, technology-wise, SmileDirectClub might be a better option for you.

You Asked, We Answered

Below, read some of the most common questions on SmileDirectClub and Invisalign answered.

Who can wear Invisalign and SmileDirectClub?

Both treatments suit teenagers, adolescents, and adults, so ultimately it is about your personal preference.

Which issues do Invisalign and SmileDirectClub treat?

Invisalign treats mild to complex problems, like underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite. At the same time, SmileDirectClub treats mild to moderate problems, like teeth crowding, gapping and spacing.

Are the appliances removable and discreet?

Yes, both SmileDirectClub and Invisalign are removable and less visible, as they are clear.

Does the doctor determine the treatment in both cases?

Yes, make an appointment with your doctor before proceeding with either of these treatments. The doctor has to come up with a treatment plan and expected result.

How long is the treatment for SmileDirectCLub vs. Invisalign?

One of the main benefits of SmileDirectClub is its short period of treatment. While Invisalign is worn somewhere between 12- 24 months, SmileDirectClub proposes a 6-month treatment. With this, you cut your expenses, visits to the doctor and can still enjoy great customer service.

Will I have to wear a retainer after either treatment?

Your doctor will tell you this as well, you should wear your retainers for as long as you live. So, yes, whether you choose Invisalign or SmileDirectClub, you’ll have to wear a retainer post-treatment.

Is teeth whitening included in either of the treatments?

In fact, teeth whitening is a package deal when you choose a SmileDirectClub treatment. If you decide on Invisalign, know that teeth whitening is not part of the treatment.

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