With aligners produced in Ireland, SmileKit is one of
several companies that offer dental alignment from home. Clear aligners are
delivered to your door, with a treatment process that lasts 6 months for the
average SmileKit customer.
Is dental realignment from SmileKit the best choice for your
With SmileKit, customers receive a ‘straighter and whiter
smile’. Premium teeth whitening is included in every treatment package.
There are two ways to get started with an initial
assessment, and results are guaranteed at the end.
Aligners delivered to your door
Teeth whitening included
Founded and overseen by a qualified professional orthodontist
Option to straighten only one row of teeth
Only one clinic, in Dublin
Lengthy payment plan with instalments paid over 2 years
Who is behind SmileKit?
Proudly Irish, SmileKit was founded by Dr Ada Murphy, who is
herself an experienced dentist. Dr Murphy has been running her own Dublin
dental clinic since 1993, has advanced orthodontic qualifications and more than
30 years of relevant experience. Today, Dr Murphy continues to oversee the
process of SmileKit treatment.
SmileKit has only one clinic, for 3D scans and
consultations. The SmileKit clinic is located in Dublin, and a visit is
completely free of charge. If a visit to Dublin doesn’t sound ideal, then you
can order an impression kit from home. With the impression kit, you’ll make
your own moulds without a visit to meet the team in person.
SmileKit provides a service that includes free premium teeth
whitening. This is something that often costs more, but is included in the
Who can use aligners from SmileKit?
Clear dental aligners are typically suitable for those with
mild to moderate dental issues. Problems with your teeth can include gaps
between teeth, protruding teeth and cases of overcrowding. In the most severe
cases, aligners may not be enough to give you the smile you really want.
If you need to have teeth removed, or are waiting for dental
treatment, then it is best to get everything done at least a few months before
SmileKit treatment. Clear aligners are unlikely to be suitable if you have
significant gum disease, unfilled cavities or other significant issues. Other
issues that might stop you from using aligners are missing teeth, impacted wisdom
teeth and implants. Cases will be reviewed on an individual basis, to see if
you’re a suitable candidate.
If you visit the SmileKit clinic, you’ll receive a full
assessment as part of your initial appointment. A visit to the clinic is free
of charge, which means that you don’t lose out if you’re not suitable to be a
SmileKit customer. If you purchase a home impression kit, a refund is available
if you aren’t suitable for treatment.
How are the dental aligners made?
SmileKit aligners are produced in Ireland, using transparent
There are two ways to begin your SmileKit clear aligner
There is only one SmileKit clinic. This is located in Dublin. A 3D scan and assessment are available free of charge.
During your visit, you’ll get dental advice provided by
qualified professionals. You’ll be able to see if you’re a suitable candidate
for clear aligner treatment, and will soon receive a treatment plan that shows
your expected results.
Your 3D scan takes up to 30 minutes and will be used to create your SmileKit aligners if you decide to go ahead. You’ll then receive aligners at regular intervals, to continue your treatment to completion.
An impression kit costs £99. If you can’t get to the Dublin
clinic, this will be your only option for treatment. Some people prefer the
impression kit even though they could attend a 3D scan.
To use the impression kit, follow the instructions to make
moulds of both rows of teeth. You’ll also need to take photographs, used to
decide if you’re suited to treatment.
Impressions are alternatives to 3D scans, with the moulds
used to make your aligners. The cost of your impression kit will be refunded,
if you’re not a suitable candidate.
Human error is a possibility, and one to watch out for with
a home kit. If you make a mistake, you’ll need to buy another which will raise
the cost of treatment.
What treatment options are available?
SmileKit provides clear aligners that should be worn almost
full time. Aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day, removed only for eating,
drinking, brushing and flossing to keep your teeth in good condition. Your
aligners should be cleaned with toothbrush and toothpaste, whilst your teeth
should be cleaned and flossed after every meal to avoid food being trapped in
You’ll get new sets of aligners at regular intervals, to keep your treatment moving forward. Each set of aligners will be slightly different from the last, moving your teeth a bit further.
Following successful treatment, a plastic retainer will help
to keep your teeth in place.
Two options are available, though most people will need
Standard (dual arch) treatment
You’ll receive a set of aligners for your top and bottom
teeth, completely reshaping your smile.
Single arch treatment
If you’re eligible, you might decide to straighten just one row of teeth. You can get aligners for just your top teeth, or just your bottom teeth, rather than buying full sets. This is a cheaper way to go through your treatment and is an option that’s rarely available. You might choose this option if you’re already happy with a majority of your smile, but need just a few teeth moved.
How long does SmileKit treatment take?
For most people, the SmileKit journey includes less than 6 months of treatment. You may need longer than average if your teeth require more movement.
Are there any other steps to take?
You’ll be required to send regular updates so that SmileKit can follow your treatment. Updates should include photographs of your progress, taken with your mobile phone. You’ll need to check in every 60 days.
Your kit includes a special light that you can clip onto
your phone, illuminating your mouth for clear photographs of all your teeth.
How much does SmileKit treatment cost?
The price of treatment will depend on the choices you make
at each stage. There are a few different ways to get the complete SmileKit
Take impressions at home with a kit that costs £99. If you
make a mistake, you will need to buy a second kit.
The price of one kit will be refunded if you’re found to be unsuitable for treatment.
It’s free to visit the Dublin clinic for a scan and
professional consultation. This is an alternative to buying an impression kit.
Treatment costs £1600 if you choose to pay upfront.
The price of your treatment includes a teeth whitening kit.
A replacement aligner tray costs approximately £30. This is
cheaper than replacement trays from many of SmileKit’s competitors.
Your first replacement can be provided free of charge, in
exchange for a review of the company. You can also choose to allow SmileKit to
use your before and after photos, to get your replacement free of charge.
A set of retainers, to maintain your results, costs £217. This is considerably higher than the price of retainers from many other similar companies.
Retainers are an ongoing cost, as you’ll need to wear these
for 24 hours for the first two months after treatment, and then you’ll need to
wear them every night. Replace them roughly every 6 months. This brings the
annual price of ongoing treatment to more than £400 per year.
You can choose to pay £433 a year to join the SmileCare
plan. This annual plan includes a set of retainers, insurance for replacements,
teeth whitening top ups and ongoing support, to help you maintain your new
Being in the Fast Lane doesn’t increase the overall price of your treatment. But, you’ll start paying for treatment before even seeing your expected results. By paying before you receive your treatment plan, you’ll receive your first aligners more quickly. Usually, aligners are delivered within 25 days, but with Fast Lane, this reduces to 16 days.
Are payment options available?
A payment plan is available. You’ll need to pay £175
initially, then make 24 monthly payments of £69. This is one of the more
affordable payment plans for clear dental aligners, but will leave you making
payments more than a year after treatment is finished.
The payment plan increases the total cost of treatment to
£1,831. This is more than £200 higher than the price of up-front payment.
What discounts are available?
SmileKit regularly offers reduced prices for impression
kits, treatments and retainers. Before committing, it’s worth checking their
website for currently available offers.
Is a warranty or guarantee available?
If you’re not eligible for treatment, you’ll receive a
refund to cover the cost of your impression kit.
If you reach the end of your treatment and haven’t achieved
the expected results, you can request a case review that may result in ongoing
treatment. If you’re approved, you’ll get extra aligners included in the price
of your treatment.
How old do you have to be?
You must have all of your adult teeth, and be at least 18
years old, to be eligible for SmileKit treatment.
Where is SmileKit treatment available?
Currently, SmileKit aligners are only available in the UK
What about customer service?
You can visit the Dublin clinic for a consultation and 3D
scan. This is the only place to communicate directly with the SmileKit team.
You can also contact SmileKit by phone on +353 1513 3347.
Or, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SmileKit: The Verdict
Unless you can get to Dublin, you’ll need to rely on a home
impression kit to check if you’re eligible for treatment.
If you can visit the clinic in Dublin, your 3D scan and
consultation are provided completely free of charge.
Using a home impression kit makes SmileKit treatment an
option throughout the UK and Ireland. But, home impression kits cost £99 and
come with a risk of human error.
SmileKit is not the cheapest option for clear dental
aligners. In fact, their standard prices are more than £200 higher than some of
their leading competitors. It will be up to you to decide whether the prices
are justified, perhaps by the fact that SmileKit was founded by a qualified and
experienced orthodontist, or by the inclusion of premium teeth whitening.
Before choosing SmileKit, consider both the immediate and
ongoing costs. Impression kits are reasonably priced, though again not the very
cheapest, whilst a visit to Dublin will bypass these costs with free 3D scans
of your teeth.
The costs of retainers, once you’ve finished your treatment,
are higher than most companies would charge. But, at a push, you could stretch
a set of retainers to last a year and make the investment more reasonable. The
SmileCare plan, with insurance for damage, will provide replacements in emergencies.
If you choose to pay for your treatment with monthly
instalments, then you’ll want to watch out for the resulting increase in price.
Whilst few competitors offer interest-free finance, many don’t raise the price
quite as much as SmileKit.
Monthly instalments are spread over two years, which is both
a blessing and a curse. Monthly payments are lower, which is great for your
budget, but you should be prepared to be paying for your treatment more than a
year after completion. This can mean that you have a very expensive year,
making payments for your treatment whilst also finding funds for your retainers
and aftercare service.
With SmileKit, it’s important to weigh up not just the
immediate costs. Some of the bigger expenses may be ones that you notice as
your treatment comes to an end.
Ease of use
With only one clinic in Dublin, a majority of customers
won’t be able to choose a 3D scan. Instead, most will have to use an impression
kit at home. Impression kits cost money, and any mistakes may mean that you
spend hundreds before starting treatment. But, the instructions provided should
be easy to follow.
Your aligners are provided along with a light that fits onto
the end of your phone. This makes it easier to submit your progress, which
you’ll have to do every 60 days.
Most people have only one treatment option. You can pay for
treatment in one go, or sign up for monthly instalments.
In rare cases, you may be approved for single-arch treatment
instead. This straightens one row of teeth, either top or bottom, rather than
adjusting your whole smile. If you choose this option, you will receive a
discount for your dental realignment.
If you buy a home impression kit but aren’t suitable for treatment, then you’ll receive a refund. SmileKit also offers reassurance in the form of guaranteed results.
As long as you’ve provided updates every 60 days, and used your aligners as required, then you will be eligible for further treatment if your smile doesn’t change as it should. At the start of your treatment, you’ll be shown an image of expected results. If you’re not happy at the end, contact SmileKit within 30 days of treatment completion. Your case will be reviewed, and you’ll be sent some additional aligners.
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