Do I have to meet with a dentist with SmileDirectClub?

Tags: crowded teeth

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, 20, Louisiana

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!

What really sold me on Smile Direct Club was the fact that I did not have to meet with a dentist. They had licensed dental professionals working for them if you had any real issues, which I didn't. Being a mom of three kids and having a full-time job did not allow me to be going to a dentist for checkups. Aside from being extremely affordable, Smile Direct Club was the most convenient option that I could find to straighten my teeth. I did not have to take time off from work or find a babysitter on a monthly basis just to go to the dentist and pick up a new set of aligners. Smile Direct Club does everything directly with the customer. Different than Invisalign, they eliminated the need for office visits, and made the process so much easier.

For me, the thought of even just a single visit to a dentist makes me anxious, and so when I was looking to get my teeth straightened for a fair price, I really did not think that I had any options. Then, my boyfriend's sister told me about the Smile Direct Club, and I really thought that it was too good to be true, but I checked them out online and gave them a quick call. Their customer service was nothing short of amazing, and I have now been with them for 3 months. My first 3 months have been great and I have seen a lot of tooth movement in all the right ways. The aligner treatment is a custom treatment plan for each individual and you can follow it all online! I pay a mere $80 per month for 24 months, and I have not had to make one visit to the dentist. Can you believe it? I still barely can myself. Everything is done remotely, including the at-home impression kit to create/fit your aligners and the dental consultations. The best part is having your aligners delivered right to your doorstep!

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!

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.

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!

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).