Teeth straightening options
Teeth straightening options

What kinds of treatments should I consider?

Once you determine which type of correction you need, identify the best treatment for you.

How do invisible aligner brands compare?

 Editor's ChoiceSmileDirectClubSmileloveSnapCorrectInvisalign
Cost$$$$$$$
Year launched2014201720171997
Number of
customers
250,000+<500<500Millions
Licensed dentist
or orthodontist
In all 50 statesIn some statesIn some statesIn all 50 states
Dental impressions:
At-home kit
Overnight shippingShips in 2-5 daysShips in 2-5 days
Dental impressions:
3D Scan
Available in most
major markets
Available in some orthodontist offices
Whitening
options
Proprietary whitening pens & LED lightNoProvides whitening penNo
Retainer required
after treatment
YesYesYesYes
InsuranceAccepts
insurance, HSA & FSA
Accepts
insurance, HSA & FSA
Accepts
insurance, HSA & FSA
Accepts
insurance, HSA & FSA
Conditions
treated
Mild to moderate
crowding, spacing
and bites
Mild to moderate
crowding, spacing
and bites
Mild to moderate
crowding, spacing
and bites
Mild to complex spacing and bite issues
BBB ratingA+N/A
  • Smile Direct Club invisible aligners EDITOR'S CHOICE

    How does SmileDirectClub compare?

    SmileDirectClub was founded in 2014. As pioneers of teledentistry, SmileDirectClub delivers custom-made invisible aligners to customers by mail. You can get started with an at-home impression kit or by getting a 3D scan of your smile in a local SmileShop. Your smile plan is created and monitored remotely by a dentist or orthodontist licensed in your state. SmileExperts are available 23 hours a day by phone, email, chat or social media to address any customer questions. The average SmileDirectClub treatment plan lasts 6 months and costs as low as $1850 or a down payment of $250 plus $80 a month for 24 months. SmileDirectClub’s founders helped create companies such as 1-800-CONTACTS, Quicken Loans and Sharper Image Online.

    Reviews of SmileDirectClub

    • BBB Rating: A+
  • Smile Love invisible aligners

    How does Smilelove compare?

    New to the market, Smilelove was founded in 2017 and sends customers an impression kit to make molds of their teeth at home. Professional staff scan the returned impressions, and once customers approve the digital preview, aligners are sent to customers in the mail. The average treatment takes 7-8 months and costs $1499 or $99 per month for 17 months.

    Reviews of Smilelove

    • BBB Rating: Unknown
  • Snap Correct invisible aligners

    How does SnapCorrect compare?

    Founded in 2017, SnapCorrect delivers invisible aligners to customers’ homes for treatment. Customers start by making impressions of their teeth with a kit at home. Then, aligners are made and shipped to customers to begin treatment. SnapCorrect trays are intended to correct mild to moderate problems. Most treatment plans last 3-9 months, but some can take up to 18 months. SnapCorrect aligners cost $1749 or $77 a month after a $199 down payment.

    Reviews of SnapCorrect

    • BBB Rating: Unknown
  • How does Invisalign compare?

    Invisalign was founded in 1997 as the first commercially available invisible aligner therapy to straighten teeth. Invisalign is available from dental professionals in most dental and orthodontic offices. The treatment typically requires monthly in-office visits with a doctor to track patients’ progress. Invisalign uses plastic aligners with attachments that move teeth to correct mild to extreme crowding, spacing and crookedness, as well as bite problems. Costs of treatment can vary greatly depending on patients’ specific needs, but the average cost is around $5000. Invisalign invested in SmileDirectClub in 2016 as a doctor-directed at-home solution for mild to moderate cases.

    Reviews of Invisalign

    • BBB Rating: N/A

What are alternative options for smile improvement?

 VeneersDenturesBraces
Cost$$$$$$$$$
Year launched19821800s1728
Number of
customers
MillionsMillionsMillions
Licensed dentist
or orthodontist
In all 50 statesIn all 50 statesIn all 50 states
Dental impressions:
At-home kit
Dental impressions:
3D Scan
Whitening
options
NoNoNo
Retainer required
after treatment
NoNoNo
InsuranceNot typically
accepted
Accepts insurance,
HSA & FSA
Accepts insurance,
HSA & FSA
Conditions
treated
Chipped, missing,
discolored or uneven teeth
Missing or gapped teethMild to complex crowding or spacing and bite issues
BBB rating
  • Braces

    Traditional braces are available through local orthodontic offices. They use a series of brackets, glued to teeth and connected by wires, to move teeth. Braces can be used to resolve bite issues, like overbite, underbite and crossbite. While traditionally made of silver metal, braces are also available in clear, white or other colors. The average braces treatment takes 2 years to complete and costs around $7000 or more.

  • Veneers

    Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the front of the teeth to improve size, shape or color. They're ideal for people with discolored, uneven, irregular, chipped and worn-down teeth or those with mild gapping. A single set of porcelain veneers can cost between $500 to $3000. With proper care and maintenance, veneers should last 10 to 30 years. They are not typically covered by insurance when considered an elective cosmetic procedure.

  • Dentures

    Dentures are available through local orthodontic offices. They're removable and attach to the soft tissue of the gums as a replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures can be made for both upper and lower sets of teeth when all teeth are missing. Partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth and can bridge the gaps between teeth. A patient can be fitted for dentures either immediately after or 8-12 weeks following removal of the last tooth. According to the Healthcare Blue Book, complete dentures cost anywhere from $1000 to $3000 or more.