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How Much Do Braces Cost?

Wondering how much different types of braces cost? Find out here.

You want a beautiful smile. Great! But how do you get started? For a lot of people, researching the options for different types of braces can feel overwhelming.

You can turn to traditional metal braces or ceramic braces to straighten your teeth, but let’s be honest: They’re unsightly and expensive. In-office invisible aligner therapy can be pricey, too, averaging upwards of $5000. No thanks! How do you know which option is right for you?

Thank goodness for SmileDirectClub. We want to help you get the smile you’re dreaming of at a price you can afford with our invisible aligners (sometimes called clear braces). We offer two easy payment options to help you safely transform your smile from the comfort of your home without in-office dental visits. Turns out cutting those unnecessary office appointments not only frees up your schedule, it’s friendlier to your wallet, too!

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Method Average Cost
Traditional Braces
$7000+
In-Office Invisible Aligners
$5000
SmileDirectClub
$1850, or $250 down payment and $80 a month. No credit checks. No forms to fill out.

Should I get traditional braces?

That really depends on your specific needs. SmileDirectClub invisible aligners are designed to correct mild to moderate cases of crowding or spacing of teeth, so oftentimes our aligners can help! The best way to learn if SmileDirectClub is the best solution for you is to complete an at-home impression kit or 3D scan at a SmileShop. Then, a doctor can take a look at your teeth and determine the best way to treat your smile. If another straightening method would be a better fit for you, our doctor will let you know. Plus, if our aligners aren’t a good option for your situation, we’ll refund you the cost of your impression kit or SmileShop visit. So really, you’ve got nothing to lose!

Why would I want invisible aligners?

Millions of people have opted for invisible aligners. Without brackets or wires, they’re far more comfortable and much less noticeable. Because they’re easy to remove, you can eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth without having to worry about damaging your braces, also keeping your teeth and gums cleaner and your breath fresher. (Find even more surprising benefits of invisible aligners here!) Best of all, they’re more affordable than traditional braces.

Invisible Aligners Traditional Braces
Straighten your teeth discreetly
Wires and brackets can be unsightly
Quick removal for easy cleaning
Brushing and flossing is difficult
Eat what you want, when you want it
Many food restrictions to protect the hardware
Smooth and comfortable
Wires may irritate mouth and cheeks

SmileDirectClub has taken the convenience and privacy of invisible aligners a step further by shipping custom aligners directly to you. Plans generally range from 4 to 14 months in length, with most customers getting the smile they desire in an average of 6 months. Rest assured, your smile plan is prescribed and overseen by a dentist or orthodontist licensed in your state who monitors your progress every step of the way.

SmileDirectClub Invisible Aligners Traditional Braces
Typical Cost
$1850, or $250 down payment and $80 a month
$5000
$7000+
Easy, At-Home Start
Yes
No
No
Monthly Office Visits
No
Yes
Yes
Money-Back Guarantee
Yes
No
No
Free Teeth Whitening
Yes
No
No

Check out our Results page for before and afters from customers just like you. See if you’re a candidate for SmileDirectClub by taking our free, 30-second Smile Assessment below!

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Updated June 2018

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