You’ve seen it, you’ve heard of it, you probably even have friends who have tried it, but what exactly is the Smile Direct Club and should you join it? Let’s explore the pros and cons of joining the Smile Direct Club.




Having a new smile

It’s true! With do it yourself aligners, you can get a straighter smile in most cases. These clear aligners aid in mild teeth-straightening cases and can help individuals receive better-looking smiles.


You can do it all on your own

One of the biggest appeals, and also one of the scariest parts of the Smile Direct Club is that you can do it all on your own. If you’re the type of person that loves trying things out for yourself despite possible consequences, do it yourself aligners are probably right up your alley. 



Large do it yourself clear aligner companies claim to cost up to 60% less than traditional braces or Invisalign technology. How can they drop the cost that much you might ask? That’s because these large aligner companies typically don’t provide you with your very own dentist or orthodontist to customize your treatment just for you.





Do it yourself aligners typically take longer than Invisalign technology, in some cases, up to 6 months longer! It also takes longer to receive your aligner trays because you have to take your own impressions and send them to the company.



With do it yourself aligners, you’re more likely to receive aligner trays with sharp edges that may cause unnecessary pain. Invisalign technology reduces any sharp edges that may remain on your custom aligners that allow for better orthodontic treatment.


Mild cases only

Smile Direct Club and other clear aligner treatments can only help those with mild to moderate teeth alignment problems. If you have anything more than simple overcrowding or spacing, do it yourself aligners are probably not for you.


Poor customer service

Unlike Invisalign or traditional braces, do it yourself aligners don’t provide you with your own in-person doctor to walk you through your treatment. You’ll find yourself waiting on customer service phone lines much longer than you might like.


Unforeseeable problems

With most things that you do all by yourself, you’ll run into issues that you never expected. When it comes to important things like getting that perfect smile you’ve always wanted, make sure you have a professional helping you along the way.


At Balle and Associates, we work with our patients to give them the best smile possible. We have seen the benefits of Invisalign and highly recommend them to any of our patients.  Our doctors have over 25 years of experience to help provide our patients with the best oral care options. Call us today to see if Invisalign is right for you.