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Pros and cons of SmileDirectClub for every teen

Thirty-five percent of young adults feel embarrassed by their mouth and teeth, and 33% avoid smiling. Yet 82% believe straight, bright teeth help you get ahead in life.

It’s true: A straight smile can help boost your confidence and make others view you as happier, healthier, and smarter.

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth without embarrassment, we’re confident SmileDirectClub can give you the grin you deserve. Check out these pros and cons of SmileDirectClub to help decide if our clear aligners are right for you.

Pros of SmileDirectClub for teens

1. Clear aligners are removable.

2. The average smile plan is only 6 months.

3. You’ll never need attachments or rubber bands.

4. You can wear them while playing sports.

5. You’ll be assigned a dentist or orthodontist.

6. SmileDirectClub costs 60% less than braces.

 

Cons of SmileDirectClub for teens

1. Custom aligners take up to 4–5 weeks to make and ship.

2. As with any teeth straightening treatment, you might experience minor pain.

3. Invisible aligners are meant for mild to moderate teeth correction.

4. SmileDirectClub customers must be at least 12 years old.

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Pros of SmileDirectClub for teens

1. Clear aligners are removable.

Forget those pesky food restrictions you’d have with braces. With our invisible aligners, you can eat all the popcorn and caramels you like – just be sure to remove your aligners first. Take out your aligners when eating and drinking anything other than cool water. You can easily keep them clean with some gentle hand soap and water.

More than half of SmileDirectClub customers report better dental hygiene while wearing aligners compared to before they started. Your teeth (and your breath) will thank you.

2. The average smile plan is only 6 months.

Many of our customers achieve the smile they love in an average of 6 months. Compare that to the average treatment time for braces, 24 months. That’s 4 times as long. Gulp.

By the time you head off to college, you could have the straighter, brighter grin you’ve always wanted. Results this good speak for themselves.

3. You’ll never need attachments or rubber brands.

Bye-bye, brace face. Some clear aligner brands require the use of attachments, buttons, and rubber bands. SmileDirectClub doesn’t. So our invisible aligners truly are … invisible. You’ll have senior portraits and prom photos you’ll actually like looking back on.

4. You can wear them while playing sports.

Like a mouth guard, invisible aligners fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth. They’re made of BPA-free plastic and generally don’t need to be removed when playing sports or working out. Even NBA star Draymond Green wore his invisible aligners during basketball games.

(And if a rogue soccer ball hits your face during the big game, it will be way less painful than if you had braces instead of invisible aligners.)

 5. You’ll be assigned a dentist or orthodontist.

Every customer is assigned a state-licensed dentist or orthodontist who oversees their smile plan and remotely monitors their progress along the way. Your doctor will also virtually check in with you every 90 days. With no regular in-office dental visits required, SmileDirectClub is perfect for your packed schedule. You won’t need to take time away from school, practices, or social events for monthly orthodontist appointments like you would with braces.

In addition, our Customer Care team is available 23/7 via phone, email, social, and chat to answer any questions you have and to direct you to our dental team whenever necessary.

6. SmileDirectClub costs 60% less than braces.

SmileDirectClub invisible aligners are not only doctor-directed, but also affordable – and a full 60% less than other teeth straightening options. Customers can pay all at once or pay $250 down and then $80 a month for 24 months. No credit checks. No forms to fill out. We accept HSA, FSA, and CareCredit. Even better: Most insurance companies provide reimbursement for our invisible aligners.

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Cons of SmileDirectClub for teens

1. Custom aligners take up to 4–5 weeks to make and ship.

Each of your invisible aligners is custom-made especially for your smile plan. We would never want to rush that process! You’ll receive all the aligners in your plan at one time to make your smile journey as smooth as possible. This means if you’re traveling for vacation, a college visit, or a sports tournament, you won’t have to worry about tracking your aligner shipment. As you wait for your personalized aligners to arrive, start building your invisible aligner care kit.

2. As with any teeth straightening treatment, you might experience minor pain.

“It is normal to feel slight pain when wearing aligners,” says Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD, lead dentist at SmileDirectClub.

Not everyone feels pain or soreness during the teeth straightening process, but if you do, don’t stress. Alleviate pain by switching into a new set of aligners at night and by applying dental wax to your teeth and gums. Here are a few other at-home remedies to soothe any soreness. 

3. Custom invisible aligners are meant for mild to moderate teeth correction.

SmileDirectClub is designed for mild to moderate teeth correction, including gaps, crowding, and rotation issues. Take our free, 30-second Smile Assessment to see if you’re a candidate. Then book a visit to your local SmileShop for a 3D scan of your teeth, or purchase an at-home impression kit to make molds of your teeth that you’ll send back to us. If the dentist or orthodontist assigned to you determines you’re not a good candidate for SmileDirectClub, we’ll refund you the cost of your impression kit. 

4. SmileDirectClub customers must be at least 12 years old.

The minimum age requirement for our invisible aligners is 12 years old, and customers must have all their permanent teeth. But our age requirement is much lower than other remote invisible aligner companies, which typically have a minimum age of 18 years old. Teens, rejoice!

Take our free, 30-second Smile Assessment today to see if you’re a candidate for SmileDirectClub invisible aligners!

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