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How long does SmileDirectClub take to straighten teeth?

Everything you need to know about how long it takes to get a straighter smile with SmileDirectClub clear aligners.

SmileDirectClub straightens most smiles in an average of just 6 months. The duly licensed dentist or orthodontist assigned to you will determine the best plan for your needs.

If you’re asking yourself, “How long does Smile Direct Club take to work?” we’re breaking it all down, from the 3D scan or impression kit to maintaining your sparkling new smile with retainers.

How long does it take Smile Direct Club take to straighten teeth?

The licensed dentist or orthodontist assigned to you will determine the best plan for your needs, but SmileDirectClub clear aligners straighten most smiles with minor to moderate malocclusion in an average of just 4-6 months.

How does SmileDirectClub work?

First we take a 3d image of your teeth and it’s reviewed by a duly licensed dentist or orthodontist. Next, we create your custom aligners and deliver them to you with our premium teeth whitening included. Finally, after checking with your doctor and completing treatment, you can purchase a set of retainers for $99.

  1. Make a good impression: We make a 3D image of your teeth to see exactly what’s going on and align your smile. There are two easy ways to make a 3D image: you can visit a SmileShop for a scan of your smile, or we can build it from the impression you take using our remote impression kit. Your 3D smile is reviewed by a duly licensed dentist or orthodontist, who will guide your new smile from beginning to end – with a treatment plan that lasts, on average, 6 months.
  2. Get aligned: Next, we’ll send you a preview of your new smile showing how your smile will transform and begin production of your clear aligners, as unique to you as a fingerprint. Then we deliver aligners that guide your teeth into alignment. We also send premium teeth whitening so you can show off those pearly whites.
  3. Smiles are forever: After checking with your doctor and completing treatment, you can purchase a set of retainers for $99. Wear them at night to keep your new smile in place. Feel free to order touch-up whitening treatments any time.

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3D image

There are 2 ways to start straightening: a 3D scan at one of our SmileShops or an at-home impression kit. The full 3D scan only takes about 20–30 minutes. (And we’ll send you home with a SmileDirectClub swag bag.) Find the SmileShop nearest to you and schedule your free appointment here.

Impression kit

Taking your impressions is easy and only takes about 30 minutes from the comfort of your own home. Mail them back to us using the included prepaid label, and we’ll start creating your smile plan as soon as we receive and approve your impressions.

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Smile plan

Within 72 hours of receiving your completed 3D scan or approved impression kit in the mail, you’ll get an email showing you your smile plan, a projected outcome of what your new smile will look like.

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How long does Smile Direct Club take to ship?

Once you order your invisible aligners, your smile plan goes into production. Each of your aligners is doctor-directed and custom-made especially for your smile plan, and you’ll receive all the aligners in your plan at one time to make your smile journey as easy as possible. Because of this, your invisible aligners typically arrive at your doorstep in 4–5 weeks. Here are a few ideas for what you can do while you wait for your invisible aligners.



When you’re about a month out from completing your smile plan, you’ll want to order your first set of custom invisible retainers. Retainers are custom-made for your new smile and take 2–3 weeks to get to you. Wear your very first retainer set all the time for 2 weeks, just like you would your aligners. This means taking them out only when eating or drinking anything other than cool water. After the 2 weeks are up, or if this isn’t your first set, wear your retainers at night (for at least 8 hours).

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Don’t forget to replace your retainers every 6 months to keep them clean, fresh, and tight-fitting to preserve your gorgeous new grin. Give our Customer Care team a call, and they can set up your account so you get your retainers every 6 months.

Are you ready to start your journey to a straighter smile? Take the free 30-second assessment today.

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