Do I have to meet with a dentist with SmileDirectClub?

I'll admit it, I have really bad teeth. I also don't have a lot of money. I want to fix my teeth, for as little as possible and don't want to spend time visiting dentists every month. With SmileDirect, do I have to visit a dentist at all? 

Toothless

F, 22, Louisiana

Tags:crowded teeth

Smile Direct Club is a decent, less expensive alternative for straightening your teeth, but I would offer a word of caution-- go see a dentist first for a check up to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to starting the treatment. If you attempt to straighten your teeth when there are underlying issues present, such as cavities or gum disease, you can actually make these problems much worse. 

When I was 14, I had traditional braces to straighten my crooked teeth, but I never ended up wearing the retainer to keep them from shifting back. Sure enough, by the time I had graduated high school, my teeth had shifted and I was pretty devastated. I knew my parents were not going to help pay to fix my teeth again, and so I am incredibly happy that I came across the Smile Direct Club! Not only does it cost a fraction of what other companies, like Invisalign, do, but their Smile Care Club Team is super prompt and helpful. They also offer a monthly payment plan if you need to finance the treatment plan. Of course, the best part is the final results of straight teeth, so it definitely works! I am now very quick to flaunt my new smile!

One of the most attractive benefits of using Smile Direct Club is that you actually do not have to physically go to the dentist to get your teeth aligned. What happens is you are sent an at-home impression kit, and you use this to make a mold of your teeth. I did this at home, and sent it back. An actual dental professional does look at your mold to make sure you are going to be sent the correct invisible aligners, but I did not actually have to go in to the dentist's office. If you want, you have the option to go in to an office and be seen by a dentist to have them do 3D images of your teeth, but it is not necessary. If you want you can do the whole process without ever stepping foot into a dentist's office!

No, you don't have to meet with a dentist with SmileDirectClub. The whole concept of their aligners is that you can do it from your home, which saves you time and money. If your teeth are 'really bad' as you've stated, SmileDirectClub may not be able to fix them. You can do an at-home dental impression kit or visit one of their Smile Shops for a digital 3D scan of your teeth to see if you're a good candidate. If you're not a good candidate for SmileDirectClub, you can meet with an orthodontist to learn more about Invisalign aligners with anchors to fix your teeth. Or you can go with traditional braces, which are cheaper, but also much more visible than Invisalign (or SmileDirectClub).