Your wedding should be all smiles. After all, you’ve put in the work—planning, prepping your skin, working out, eating well, drinking plenty of H20—in the months leading up to your big day, and now it’s time to marry your love. But what if your smile is not where you want it? Of course you can brighten your pearly whites with at-home products or in-office procedures, but the shade is just part of the equation. Luckily, thanks to advances in technology, a straight smile is within reach—which brings us to invisible aligners.
But before you say “I do” to a teeth-transforming treatment, there’s a few things you should consider. Scroll on to see how Candid Co., Invisalign, and SmileDirect Club stack up.
Candid Co. wins points for convenience and affordability, promising a flawless smile without in-office visits. The process is super simple: Create a mold using the at-home impression kit ($95) and, in a couple of weeks, the company will ship custom clear aligners—plus a pro-level whitening system, instructional guide, and storage capsule—to you door. And did we mention you pay up to 65% less than a traditional orthodontist and the whole process typically takes just six months? Don’t worry, you’re not totally on your own; the “white-glove support team” is just a phone call away.
Invisalign is all about customization, but is it worth shelling out more? According to cosmetic dentist Bill Dorfman, D.D.S., the answer is yes. “There’s a personal, hands-on approach catered to the individual.” Your orthodontist can map out your plan, monitor your progress, and make adjustments as needed. “This ensures teeth shift as they should. Moving in the wrong direction can have a major negative impact, causing migraines, TMJ, bite issues, and poor aesthetics."
SmileDirect Club is sort of a hybrid between Candid Co. and Invisalign. Like the former, it offers at-home modeling and direct shipment of aligners. That said, if you’re more comfortable having a professional evaluate your chompers, you can get ‘em scanned at a SmileShop. The price is pretty great too: $1850 upfront or a down payment of $250 and $80 a month for 24 months. Then at the end of the treatment—six months on average—it’s $99 for a nighttime retainer (upper and lower) to keep your gorgeous grin in place. A steal, if you ask us.