SmileDirectClub is a mail-order company that specializes in straightening teeth by using custom-made invisible aligners worn daily or overnight.
- Less expensive than traditional braces
- SmilePay affordable payment plan
- Average treatment plan is six months
- Must meet eligibility requirements
- Only for mild corrections
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How does SmileDirectClub work?
You can get started with SmileDirectClub in a few simple steps:
- Start by taking SmileDirectClub’s 30-second assessment on its website, which the company's team uses to identify concerns with your smile and get an idea of your dental history.
- SmileDirectClub's team emails you the results of the assessment with a preview of your potential new smile. If you qualify for SmileDirectClub’s program, the company mails you an impressions kit or schedules an appointment with you at one of their locations.
- After receiving your impressions kit, SmileDirectClub makes a 3D image of your smile. The 3D scan can be done in person at one of SmileDirectClub’s SmileShops or remotely through the tools provided in the impressions kit.
- The scan is reviewed by a licensed dentist or orthodontist, who uses it to come up with a personalized treatment plan.
- Once you agree to the treatment plan, SmileDirectClub mails you a six-month supply of aligners and a courtesy teeth-whitening kit.
- Throughout the treatment, your licensed dentist or orthodontist monitors your progress through SmileDirectClub’s customer care account, checking in on you at least once every 90 days.
SmileDirectClub has two treatment options: original clear aligners or Nighttime clear aligners. The original clear aligners can straighten your smile in as few as six months and should be worn 22 hours a day. They’re ideal for customers who want an expedited straightening treatment. The Nighttime clear aligners provide a more flexible option. They can be worn for up to 10 consecutive hours overnight, but the treatment plan takes an average of 10 months.
How much does SmileDirectClub cost?
SmileDirectClub treatment plans take an average of six months and cost $1,895. SmileDirectClub offers financing and payment plans, and customers can choose between two payment options:
- Single Pay, a one-time payment of $1,895
- SmilePay, which requires a $250 down payment and 24 monthly payments of $85
You may qualify for reimbursement from your dental insurance provider if it covers orthodontics, but SmileDirectClub doesn’t accept direct payment from insurance companies.
The impressions kit, which is used to create your 3D scan and aligners, costs $49. Although insurance providers do not cover the impressions kit, it is covered by SmileDirectClub’s Smile Guarantee. If SmileDirectClub determines the company's program won’t work for you, it refunds the price.
Is SmileDirectClub worth it?
SmileDirectClub is worth it if you want straighter teeth and have minor issues like spacing, mild crowding or slight rotations. The company provides a great option for people looking to save on a typically expensive process.
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The aligners worked to some degree, but they did not get my teeth as straight as was projected. So, I was disappointed. I would rather have spent more and got the anticipated result.
Terrible experience. The aligners did not fit properly, cut into the gums and some did not fit at all. Took forever to get customer service to replace the aligners. They asked for pictures, sent pictures and they lost them. I stopped the program after two months. I asked for my money back and of course they refused. Overall, a horrible experience and I have let all my friends and family know never to use their sub-standard products.
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Smile Direct is awesome. Wish I'd known about it before my kids were bilked for thousands through their dentist. I financed through them too. Took about 9 mos to straighten out my "snaggleteeth" smile. Got retainers through them as well. It was fast easier, much faster, and faster less expensive than going through a traditional orthodontist (or even getting invisalign through the dentist)!!
Got the aligners to straighten my teeth, however, it destroyed my note so I had an extreme underbite. Unlike Invisalign they do nothing to correct your bite.
It all starts out with a scan of your teeth and within 10 days your entire set of aligners for the next months is shipped to you with easy instructions. If you follow them you will succeed and your teeth shift nicely to where you want them. THEN toward the end, if you order the retainers exactly when they tell you, the first representative says they ordered, but will forget to actually order them. Then they finally put in the order a week later and suddenly the shipping window goes from 3 weeks to 6+ weeks. Basically, the entire procedure of straightening your teeth was for nothing because you are not receiving your retainers to hold teeth in place on time. I have been wearing my last set of aligners, but they are broken, because they were never made to last longer than 2 weeks. I ordered 11/22/2019.
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It started okay, but after the first month, my aligners didn't fit. I had to go back for another fitting and after numerous phone calls and more than 2 months, I finally got a few that would fit. I wore those but onto the next ones, didn't fit again. I notified them and got a text saying they were sending instructions, but didn't. I waited but didn't get any and contacted them again. I was given the instructions but it's such a hassle and truly, I haven't seen any changes. I should've finished last month, but I'm only on month 2 because of the issues with fitting.
Keeping this product takes a lot of getting use to. It was very annoying. What I wanted done with one tooth was not meant to my satisfaction. I feel like I wasted my money. Also if you don’t buy the product right out they charge you an extra 1000$ bucks. I kid you not. Then they want you to buy some extra retainer just in case your white chiclets decide to shift back. In all fairness it may work for others. It just did not work for me. I am still paying as we speak for this product. This is just my opinion. It's a bunch of hard plastic that forces your teeth into the desired position you want your teeth placed. Is it it better than braces? I guess if you get what you desire. And the price is cheaper. This is my opinion.
Evil company. After being picked on my entire life about my teeth, I was over the moon the day I received my aligners in the mail. Two weeks in my teeth in pain and feeling lose, I did some research to see if it was normal. As they give you little to no info on the actual product you just dropped thousands of dollars on. To my horror and dismay I learn people had In fact been losing teeth. I was surely going to be the next if I hadn't returned them immediately. I was very let down I thought I was going to gain self confidence finally, in my smile. The return process was a monster on top of the already having the initial let down of knowing straight teeth and confidence may never be attainable in my lifetime. Instead of being remorseful and trying to reconcile, they made me feel like, a nuisance or a liar. Even less than for "not being able to afford it". It breaks my heart just writing/ reliving the whole fiasco.
My first set of aligners were made incorrectly. I have been waiting 9 weeks for my new set. Have called them several times with no answers. They keep offering me free retainers. I have told them several time I don’t want anything for free. I SIMPLY WHAT THE PRODUCT I HAVE PAID FOR. The latest information is that I will have my aligners in another week. Crossing my fingers and praying I finally get them so I can get back on track. Terrible terrible terrible customer service.
I’ve been through 3 rounds of corrections and I’m almost 3 yrs in. Awful customer service. They send faulty products and make you wait months for remakes. I do not recommend tele dental practices.
I used SDC for 9 months and 3 separate treatments. My initial treatment was supposed to be 5 months but I needed two refinements as the product didn’t work. I was approved for a THIRD refinement, but declined to proceed with another treatment as my doctor advised me to stop using the aligners immediately as the aligners not fitting properly had caused my gums to recede. During my check ins, I had told SDC I didn’t think my aligners were fitting properly and they told me I was wrong and to continue using them.
My account manager had told me prior to this that I can submit photos to either process a refund, or proceed with another refinement. Interestingly enough, as soon as I said I’d like to submit my photos for a refund, I was assigned a new account manager and told I needed to submit ridiculous amounts of very personal information as well as medical information. When I sent in screenshots from my account manager stating I only needed to submit a statement and photos for a refund, I was ignored. SDC has assumed no responsibility and refused to issue me a refund.
The only assistance they’ve offered is to cancel my remaining balance (which is essentially paid off). In order to do this, I’d need to sign a four page agreement waiving my rights to a refund, waiving my rights to litigation, and allows SDC to sue me for any reviews I leave or anything I post about the company. Run away, this company is a scam and a complete joke. They’ve done severe damage to a lot of mouths and it’s amazing they’re still in business. Not surprised they have so many class action lawsuits against them.
I am writing this in hopes to finally get some resolution from this company. I started my Smile journey in February with you guys and right off the bat, I ran into an issue with the company charging the wrong card and cost me almost $400 in negative fees with my bank that I had to fight for relentlessly. Finally it was resolved. 2.5 months into my treatment, I was having issues with fitting. From the start they were bothersome and causing sores from rubbing, I was having to use a Dremel drill and wax to try to make it tolerable. I was approved for refinements. At the beginning of those, I was pleased. They fit so much better than the first sets sent. No rubbing, they fit perfectly; no trimming or wax. It was perfection.
Late July I start having issues again with fitting on one side. It wouldn’t fit correctly causing comfort issues and stalling my progress. I went back into the smile shop and had scans done. I was approved for refinements again. This was in August. I start getting update emails on it being 4-6 weeks to receive them. 2 months go by and they still haven’t been shipped. I hear there are delays due to overwhelming orders. November comes and another email stating it would be another few weeks! This is unacceptable! You’re telling me it may be 4-5 months at this point and I’m supposed to wear the same aligners from M3w1 (month 3 week 1) for 4-5 months?! No! I’m paying almost $80 a month and getting nothing! No improvement, no results, nothing. So what was supposed to be a 6 month Process is now going 9-10 months and I’m getting no where.
I request to cancel at this point bc this is too much trouble at this point and I don’t even wanna risk doing this going forward anymore. On November 6th, an account manager called me named Sydney and offered $100 off of the price, I declined; she offered the free retainer and I declined bc I already had been offered that. She offered to ship the aligners out within 7-10 days! Ridiculous!!! The worst thing you can do is offer to ship something to someone in days that they’ve waited MONTHS for. She mentioned sending me an email requesting progress photos so they could get a full refund started. I never received that email. I emailed customer care the next day requesting that email. It never came. Nov 11th, I called and spoke with a representative who said they’d send it. Nope! Nothing!
I called back hours later and spoke with Juan and I told him I wasn’t hanging up until I got the email on how to get this cancellation going. He emailed me and sat on the phone until it came! It was only the return instructions though. I did what the email asked. I received an email from Sydney a few days later asking for the photos - I sent more than enough showing I haven’t had any progress since my 3rd month until this which was when I got my first refinements. That means for now 10 months -I’ve spent $800 on nothing! Everytime I call, I get crap! No one can help me! I finally got Jamal who emailed me stating I owe money, the other day who was helpful. I expressed to him that I needed someone to pull that call from nov 6th with Sydney bc she didn’t note the account at all about the full refund offer. He stated he would get the matter to an account lead and a supervisor and have the call pulled.
I receive a call yesterday (11/29) from Sydney and she states that she only offered a full refund if I allowed her to ship me the refinements out. I asked her to please help me understand bc I have been waiting MONTHS for that opportunity and I can’t after all this time get a full refund, but after they send me more product that will product that will cost us both money and if they don’t work out; THEN I can get a full refund?! How much sense does that make?! She states to me that she’ll have a supervisor call me.
Today (11/30) a gentleman called that I could barely understand just to tell me he couldn’t help me and he’d have Sydney call me again. This has been the absolute worst run around and customer service. I was emailed earlier this week stating I still owe money and never offered any credit for the refinements I was promised and didn’t receive! A multi-million dollar company can’t even try to make sure they’re doing any and all things to resolve this peacefully. Instead I’m getting the worst run around and biggest headache!
I would give zero or negative stars if I could, I placed my order at a brick and mother Smile shop in the first week of September 2019. Overall experience at the store was good to begin with. The staff was nice informative and professional. I was told it would take 3-4 weeks to receive my aligners in the mail, let me also mention I paid in full at the store, it is now the November 12th and I have yet to receive my order, I have contacted the company multiple times only to hear that they sent a message to the lab and they were still awaiting a reply, (apparently this company can’t afford phones) or the customer service “professionals” haven’t been trained to use them. Still can’t figure that one out.
So I finally decided to sent a nice letter to the BBB, company finally got back to me with some answers, not good news but news none the less, I will be waiting another month before they ship my order that I placed on Sept 4. If I do not get my order on or before the date they got back to me with I will ensure everyone is warned about this company. Updates to follow.
Aligners did not fit. Went back to get fitted and NEVER! received a email or phone call to say that there was an issue. I had to call them only to find out they did NOT do the measurements correct AGAIN? So they wanted me to come back, which is a INCONVENIENCE to me. I want to CANCEL my contract but the manager “CHARLES” is always busy, with another phone call. Now they want me to leave my phone number? For what? So he can check his list of people to AVOID!! They are still taking my money but GUESS WHAT? That card is CANCEL!! Now take me to court!! ???? **DON’T DO IT!!!
I started SmileDirect treatment in September of 2017, finishing in November of 2018. At the start I had very crooked bottom teeth, all on the same plane. After my Smile Direct treatment, with 2 adjustments I now have very nice straight bottom teeth. I also have 4 teeth that are loose even after wearing the retainer as advised. Two of my bottom teeth are significantly lower than the others. I cannot say SD caused these conditions. I am sorry I did not go to an orthodontist. It will cost me over 12k to correct, and MAYBE save my teeth.
I did the program. I called in all the time and sent pics but never got any help. They told me I should see a regular dentist. I'm like, "Well why am I paying you?" They would not allow me to stop in middle. Once we saw this was not working, I was told I can always cancel. That was a lie. I told them I was not happy, and they threaten to take me to court. But I'm not happy with service. They still taking money out my account. I want every bit of my cash back, with interest. I'm also looking for a lawyer, to start and file a suit. This is unconstitutional. Anyone know of a lawyer that will take the case? My email is **. It's extortion. Get in touch. I will be looking out. Subject Smile Direct. Bad business. Thank you.
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