I took the plunge, and finally decided to address my teeth. They aren’t that bad, just a bit of crowding, but it’s been increasingly bothering me recently.
Back in May, I went for an Invisalign consultation, it was super expensive so I had to think about it and consult my finances. After a while, I couldn’t justify spending that much on my teeth when they really didn’t even bother me that much. So, it fell by the wayside.
Then, months later, my mom brought up this company that she had seen, Smile Direct Club. Now, I had seen them multiple times as well, especially with all the times that I looked up Invisalign. They’re like the Uber of aligners, everything is done remotely. No going to any orthodontists, everything is sent to your door. I was skeptical at first, but I read some reviews and figured, what the heck? I could do the impressions, and if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have to go through with it. I also managed to find 50% off the initial kit, so then it was just a no brainer.
In the evaluation kit you get all the putty and stuff to make molds of your teeth. It has an instruction booklet with everything you need to know. Basically, you blend these two putties together, stick it in a special tray then press it into your teeth for like 3 minutes, until they set. You make 4 impressions, 2 upper and 2 lower, and then you send them back.
If you have a strong gag reflex, I do not suggest this haha instead, if you have one of their locations near you, you can go there and they’ll do 3D imaging.
So here is the timeline from ordering the evaluation to starting the process:
- 10/5 Ordered the evaluation kit
- 10/6 Submitted forms and photos
- 10/10 Photos approved
- 10/11 Tracking info received
- 10/18 Received kit
- 10/20 Sent back molds
- 10/24 They received my molds
- 10/29 Received email update that my treatment plan was in the works
- 11/2 Received 3D plan via email
- 11/29 Aligners shipped
- 12/3 Aligners received
- 12/5 First night using aligners
So, I was super pumped to get the aligners, it was on a Saturday, but I was out so I didn’t actually get my hands on them until Sunday. The first thing I did was go through the kit, in which you have 3 sets of aligners, the teeth whitening gel, a case, chewies, an emory board and a tool to help remove the aligners. It also had a booklet, which I read through before opening anything. Basically you change your aligners every two weeks, each set is labeled so you know the order of them, and the upper and lower aligners are labeled so you know what you’re doing.
When I tried them on, the bottom ones fit great, but the top ones had a gap between my molars and the aligner. I called them the next business day, sat on hold for about 10 minutes, and then spoke to a very nice person. She sent me an email so I could send them some pictures so they could address the issue. In the email, it said to chew on your chewies for 10-15 minutes a day for 2-3 days to help seat the aligners properly. I had no idea that’s how long you’d need to chew them for. In the booklet it said that you can use the chewies to help seat them, but it was not at all specific as to how long it would take. So before I sent them any pictures, I decided to try the chewies, and it actually worked, the aligners definitely started molding to my teeth better.
The first night, I did sleep in them. It wasn’t bad at all, I didn’t find it particularly uncomfortable, just a little weird lol.
Now, my first full day of wearing them, they did get a little uncomfortable at times. I actually noticed that they had some sharp edges that were hurting, so I used the emory board to smooth them out. The more you wear them, you’ll figure out where you need to file them down and they’ll get more comfortable.
So, overall, so far so good. Sometimes I really want to take them out lol and when they’re actually out, my teeth feel really weird! It does hurt to chew a little bit, I might start sticking to soup, I’ve also forgone my coffee since you can’t drink hot liquids with them in (I may have to find a workaround for that). If your teeth hurt, the chewies will be your best friends.
I’ll probably do another update in a few weeks, maybe when I start my 3rd set.
Have any of your used Smile Direct Club or Invisalign?