What Is the Smile Direct Club?
The Smile Direct Club (used to be called the Smile Care Club) is a company that bills itself as an affordable alternative to visiting the orthodontist for tooth straightening. They advertise tooth straightening solutions that allow you to treat yourself at home without the supervision of an orthodontist.
Considerations Before Using the Smile Direct Club
Who is treating you? Do you know the dentist’s name, credentials, and reputation who is responsible for your treatment?
The above questions should be asked before you take on the journey with Smile Direct Club. Our recommendation is first to visit your neighborhood orthodontic office for an opinion before considering treating yourself.
Why We Don’t Recommend Treating Yourself
Generally speaking, you need to be an orthodontist with experience to be able to treat yourself.
Using the Smile Direct Club is like saving a trip to the hairdresser and giving yourself a haircut at home. However, if you make a mistake your hair will grow back.
Yes, you can cut your hair yourself and save money, but, if you do not like your new hair cut, your hair will grow back. Would your teeth grow back if you make a mistake or a complication arises? What if you do not like how they look, would you be able to move them back?
If a tooth falls behind during the treatment, there is no orthodontist to correct the problem. A one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach does not work for everybody. Just like fingerprints, your teeth are unique and an experienced orthodontist can come up with a treatment plan that fits your teeth and monitor your progress.
Unlike hair, if you lose your teeth, they wont grow back. As orthodontic professionals with specialized training, we don’t recommend risking your teeth by using the Smile Direct Club.
It is a dangerous journey. We do not recommend experimenting on your health and teeth. Do your own research by going beyond a simple “Google search.” Conduct real research by speaking to one or more qualified doctors or by requesting online opinions from a doctor or visiting their offices.
We are here to help and to educate.