SmileKit Review

An in-depth review of SmileKit

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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 in-home treatment?

First Glance

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.

Pros

  • Aligners delivered to your door
  • Teeth whitening included
  • Founded and overseen by a qualified professional orthodontist
  • Option to straighten only one row of teeth

Cons

  • 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 SmileKit package.

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 BPA-free plastic.

There are two ways to begin your SmileKit clear aligner treatment:

Clinic visit

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.

Home

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 your aligners.

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 treatment.

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 treatment.

Impression kit

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.

Scan

It’s free to visit the Dublin clinic for a scan and professional consultation. This is an alternative to buying an impression kit.

Treatment

Treatment costs £1600 if you choose to pay upfront.

The price of your treatment includes a teeth whitening kit.

Replacements

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.

Retainers

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 smile.

Fast Lane

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 and Ireland.

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 support@smilekit.com.

SmileKit: The Verdict

Availability

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.

Price

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.

Options

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.

Reassurance

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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SmileKit
SmileKit Review
Summary
SmileKit is a provider of clear teeth aligners that you can order and wear at home.
Reader Rating17 Votes
Pros
Aligners delivered to your door
Teeth whitening included
Founded and overseen by a qualified professional orthodontist
Option to straighten only one row of teeth
Cons
Only one clinic, in Dublin
Lengthy payment plan with instalments paid over 2 years

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