This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SmileDirectClub. All opinions are 100% mine.
So...sometimes I feel like I’m living very secretly. Not that it’s a bad thing, but sometimes I feel like not a lot of people know very much about me, what I’m like, or what makes me feel insecure. It can be hard to open up.
You know what I’ve always been a little self conscious about? My smile. The mildly crooked lateral incisors (those two teeth right next to your two front ones) that were just crooked enough to drive me insane, but not crooked enough to push my parents to get me braces when I was a kid. I was a little devastated that my younger sister got perfect teeth and I didn’t. That was sibling rivalry at its finest.
For years I would smile closed-mouth because I just didn’t like how my teeth looked. Yes, it’s not a terrible amount of crowding and yes, I have seen worse. But it was my smile and I was stuck with it. Here’s exhibit A, B, and C.
Remember when I said I was stuck with my smile? Through childhood and early adulthood I really didn’t have the means to get myself braces. My parents couldn’t really afford dropping another equivalent of a down payment on a car for another kid’s teeth, so I figured I was destined to just have those crooked teeth for good.
Entering into regular adulthood, I didn’t really have the budget to figure in a $5,000+ cost for any type of orthodontic treatment. Metal braces were out of the question because I wouldn’t be able to deal with the embarrassment and invisible aligners were just as expensive (if not more expensive) than traditional braces. You know what you can afford post-grad without a high paying job straight out of college? A burrito. Definitely not $5,000+ braces.
So just as I thought I was stuck with this lackluster set of chompers for good, I came upon SmileDirectClub. At first, the concept of skipping the orthodontist’s visits and having your own personalized set of invisible aligners sent to your home for an insane fraction of the cost of other brands of invisible aligners sounded too good to be true. I was determined to get to the bottom of how they were able to make it work at such a good price and for such a reasonable amount of wear time.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably curious and just a little judgmental at first. Check out how it works if you want to see exactly what goes into the process. I’m a huge skeptic, so for me to jump in on this while there weren’t a ton of online reviews was HUGE. If you're looking for a comprehensive review of SmileDirectClub, I wrote a lengthy blog post on it. Check out my Smile Direct Club Invisible Aligner Review if you'd like to know my step by step progress.
The first step to getting a straighter smile is starting your free smile assessment. Here, SmileDirectClub asks for a few pictures of your smile so that they can determine if you’re a candidate for their invisible aligners or not. You also answer a brief questionnaire to see if you qualify. If you have mild to moderate crowding or spacing, SmileDirectClub should definitely be on your radar for affordable treatment! I am so glad I found them.
Next, they ship you an at-home evaluation kit where you capture your own impressions. The evaluation kit is $95, but is totally refundable if it turns out you aren’t a candidate for their aligners. I don’t know about you, but I love a money back guarantee. If you’re really in the mood to save money use my unique link to save $100 off of the purchase price of your aligners. If you use this link, I also receive a $100 Amazon gift card as a referral. Thank you!
So I was approved as a candidate, and was so excited to get started! At the time I ordered, they offered two different payment plans: a one time payment of $1,500 upfront, or $250 down and then $99 per month for 15 months with no interest for a grand total of $1,735. With the $1,500 one-time payment, they waive the lab fees, which saves you $250 if you can swing the cost at the time. Even if you can’t, $99 per month is still really manageable to invest in a smile you’ll love. I could totally give up a few lattes a month to budget in the cost of a beautiful smile.
I was really anxious with anticipation waiting for my aligners to arrive. It was a lot like making a child wait to open their birthday present - so hard to do, but so worth it in the end! I waited until bedtime on a Monday night and after doing my nightly dental hygiene routine I snapped my aligners right in. They fit like a glove and I couldn’t stop looking at sets 2 and 3 to see what movement would be happening over the next month and a half.
Needless to say, I am SO excited to be on this journey to a straighter smile. I can't wait to proudly flash my new smile for upcoming engagement (and eventually wedding) photos!
Check back every once in awhile to see progress photos and updates!
Check out part 2 of this discussion on behalf of SmileDirectClub by peeking at my most recent post My SmileDirectClub Experience and Awesome Progress!
As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to drop me a line in the comments below and I’ll do my best to promptly reply. Thanks!
Thanks for writing a review! I was a little leery about trying Smile Direct, just because its all basically through the mail and not at an office where orthodontists are checking on the progress...but I thought Id give it a shot anyway. The price is right. I'm currently awaiting to hear back if my impressions were accepted. Have you had any trouble with the chewies? I've heard good and bad reviews on those..Also, are the aligners hard to get out of your mouth? ..Thanks!
Hi Chris! That's exactly how I felt about it when I decided to order an impressions kit back in May - and there were even less reviews on the web or YouTube. The chewies are okay - I've only used them a handful of times when I switch to a new tray to help the aligners seat a little better to my teeth. My most recent shipment came with a grape flavored pair and I'm just not sure how I feel about that, lol. They aren't hard to get out of your mouth, especially after the first 2-3 days of wearing them because your teeth have shifted to the aligners a bit by then. I haven't actually used the 'outie' tool they ship with you because they're simple enough to pop out with your nails. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any more questions if you need! 🙂
Hi! I read your previous post about the whole process, the review post. I understand they sponsored this one so you're limited there but I couldn't help but notice you didn't give much of an update - the final final result, the last couple trays... Is that on its way in a separate post? I'm curious about your story.
Hey Melina! This sponsored post is supposed to be a 2 part post and the second should be my final "after" post. I'm still only halfway through (tray 6 out of 12) but I've been giving tray by tray text updates on my first review post. I'm not supposed to see the biggest changes until tray 8 which is right around the end of this month. I'll be sure to leave a photo update then for sure. Thanks for following along and let me know if you have any other questions!
Hello, please let me know how the systen works i am very curious to hear results . Thanks, I do apologize, My name is Chelle.
Hi, Chelle! I'm on my 8th out of 12 aligners and I can say that my teeth look a lot better than when I started! It's hard for me to tell since I see my teeth every day in the mirror, but when I look back to my before pictures it's really noticeable 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Well as a kid who had braces, I understand how a smile can make you insecure! You were insecure about your slightly crooked lateral incisors (<- my husband is a dental technician so he will love that you used these words), and I was insecure about my braces! Thankfully I didn't have them all that long (just a few months), but since I didn't wear my retainer my bottom teeth have shifted! UGH! Thanks for sharing this, I'll have to check out SDC! Can't wait to see your pictures at the end - but you better be really smiling AND showing your pearly whites! <3 Cheers, chicka!