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Do At-Home Teeth Aligners Work?
25 Jan 2023

Do At-Home Teeth Aligners Work?

By Smile Express Contributor

The short answer: Yes, at-home clear aligners may straighten your smile in as few as 6 months! However, there’s more to this common question worth knowing, so read on and discover why Smile Express can be a “best of both worlds” option for adults.

What Are At-Home Teeth Straightening Kits?

What are Smile Express Invisalign At-Home Aligners?

As the name implies, this popular treatment option aims to provide everything you need to improve your smile without scheduling multiple in-person orthodontist appointments. And whether a kit includes Invisalign® aligners or those from another brand, you’ll usually get other valuable items like toothpaste, treatment instructions, and a case to store your aligners when you aren’t wearing them. 

The Smile Express at-home teeth straightening kit includes the following:

  • Custom Invisalign at-home aligners
  • Welcome letter, with instructions and tips to help you ease into treatment
  • Smile Express travel bag
  • Emery board to help file down any uncomfortable aligner edges
  • Chewies to help seat your aligners
  • Travel Toob toothpaste
  • Smile Express at-home aligner case
  • Lip balm
  • Mouthwash

While many at-home clear aligners may look alike, they work differently depending on the manufacturer and results don’t always live up to the marketing hype—particularly when an orthodontist isn’t directly involved in treatment.

That’s where Smile Express at-home aligners are different.

For starters, Smile Express uses Invisalign at-home aligners. As the world’s most advanced clear aligner system, Invisalign is an effective choice for millions of people to improve their smiles. Talk about peace of mind!

In addition, Smile Express at-home aligner treatment generally involves two orthodontist visits, one at the beginning and one at the end. In between, using the Smile Doctors Anywhere app and Scanbox Pro help you and your doctor virtually track progress and keep things moving in the right direction—always with your smile goals in mind. After all, aren’t great results the whole point?

Another essential difference: Smile Express may be covered by your dental insurance plan, making pricing even more affordable.

It all adds up to this: Smile Express combines the effectiveness of Invisalign aligners, the convenience of remote care, and the safety and expertise of a trusted local orthodontist to give adults the amazing, confident smile they’ve always wanted—for less than you might think.

How Do At-Home Teeth Straightening Kits Work?

How do home teeth straightening kits work?

The Smile Express® at-home aligner treatment works in 4 easy steps:

1. Attend a Free Exam

Attend a free exam and meet with your orthodontist, discuss the details of using at-home aligners, and ensure you’re a good candidate for Smile Express treatment.

2. Get Digital Scans

Get digital scans during the appointment, in which our team will use the iTero® scanner. This technology helps us to make sure your at-home Invisalign aligners fit perfectly. Plus, we’ll also give you a preview of your post-treatment smile.

3. Receive Your Custom At-Home Aligner Kit

We’ll ship your Invisalign aligners directly to you in a treatment kit that includes all the essentials for transforming your smile.

4. Show Off Your New Smile!

Simply wear your aligners according to your orthodontist’s instructions via the Smile Doctors Anywhere app. Before you know it, your smile will transform—in as few as 6 months!

What Conditions Do Smile Express At-Home Aligners Treat?

In short, Smile Express is a short-term, “smile touch-up” option for adults with less complex treatment needs. Whether Smile Express is right for you is based on:

a) Your personal orthodontic issue(s): What's keeping your smile from being its best—both in terms of appearance and function?

b) How you feel about the issue(s): Do you want "smile perfection," and how do you define that? Or do you feel a little imperfection adds character?

Finding out if Smile Express can help give you a confident smile you'll love to share is as simple as booking a free consultation with one of our orthodontists.

What Conditions Do Invisalign At-Home Aligners NOT Treat?

If you have more complex orthodontic issues, treatment with at-home aligners may not give you the results you want—but we can't be sure without meeting you. Either way, the good news is that Smile Express is only one of the treatment options we offer, so you owe it to yourself to find out how you can get the smile you've always wanted by booking a free consultation.

We may even be able to work you into our schedule today!