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?
You do not have to travel to see a dentist or orthodontist. This was the part I liked most –the only thing that would make you visit a “smile shop” is if you prefer Smile Direct does 3D images of your teeth, instead of doing the at home impression kit. The impression kit can be shipped to you, you take the impressions at home, send them to Smile Direct and their dental professional will create your aligners and ship them to you. Simple.
I had the same worry of frequent visits to see a dentist, but when I started the treatment, I realized that was not necessary. No dental visits each month saves you tons of money and time.
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).
The Smile Direct Club collects the information that they need to assess your orthodontic needs using impressions of your teeth and a 3D image that is easy to obtain using their at-home impression kit. The tooth impressions and your 3-D image will then be reviewed by a dentist who will create a customized treatment plan for you that will last an average six months.
The Smile Direct Club provides an affordable tooth straightening plan that is approximately 60% less than competitors and is done entirely from home. No office visits are required, so this is the best plan for you if you desire to have a beautiful smile and want to avoid sitting in the orthodontist office every month. Good luck!
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.