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Why our aligners are designed the way they are

So you’re ready to straighten your teeth – you’ve come to the right place! SmileDirectClub clear aligners (sometimes called invisible braces) are custom, tight-fitting plastic trays that gradually shift teeth into their desired position. They’re easily removable and completely discreet. Can we get a hooray for that?

Our invisible aligners are custom-designed for your teeth, but every set has a few specific characteristics to most effectively give you a straight smile you’ll love.

1. Our aligners are cut straight across.

While other aligner brands are trimmed in a scalloped fashion, SmileDirectClub invisible aligners are cut straight across the top, giving them optimal turning force to straighten your teeth. Each set of aligners is hand-cut to best fit your teeth and gums. The straight edge also eliminates the need for buttons or attachments, which can be both uncomfortable and highly visible. (Attachments and buttons are made of dental bonding and affix to the top of your aligners to apply extra force, making them look more like braces.) Simply put, our aligners are more comfortable and less noticeable than others.

2. Our aligners are the most natural-looking.

Our aligners are virtually invisible when you’re wearing them. The slight texture of our aligners makes them less reflective and thus clear on your teeth. No one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell them!

You may have seen other invisible aligner options that say they are completely transparent. Although that might sound like a good thing, it’s actually a disadvantage. Truly clear aligners have a slight sheen and look shiny inside your mouth. Adding a little texture to invisible braces in fact makes them more discreet.

3. Our aligners do not use buttons or attachments.

SmileDirectClub clear aligners work best for those with mild to moderate teeth concerns, including crowding, gaps, and sometimes bite. We don’t use buttons, attachments, or rubber bands, so your aligners really are as discreet as possible! Rather than putting an indicator dot on your aligners to let you know when to change to your new set, we’ll send you a text. You can also log in to your online account for a full schedule and reminders.

4. Our aligners do not cover your molars.

Because we custom-produce your aligners to fit your individual smile, our goal is to make your aligners the appropriate size to realign your smile while being as unobtrusive as possible. Your aligners should cover at least one-third of each molar. If you still want a tighter fit, you can use the Chewie that’s included in your box. Put it between your teeth and chew on it like a piece of gum for 10 to 15 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day.

5. Our aligners are made of BPA-free plastic.

Our clear braces are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Plus, you can take them out when you eat and drink anything other than water – no food restrictions here!

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

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