Starting with a free assessment, Straight My Teeth
provides at-home treatment with clear dental aligners. It claims to be ‘clearly
affordable’, but how do Straight My Teeth’s clear aligners measure up to the
Could this Irish company, with a studio in
Ashford, be the right choice for your teeth straightening?
The Straight My Teeth journey starts with an in-home impression kit or a visit to the Smile Studio. You’ll have your teeth straightened using custom aligners, with several sets to get you through your treatment.
Make impressions at home or visit the Ashford Smile Studio
A very low-cost treatment when compared to many competitors
Option to pay with affordable monthly instalments
Available for teenagers aged 14 or over
Limited reassurance, including a
lack of regular check-ins
You’ll have to pay more for
refinements if you’re not happy
Only one physical Smile Studio
Who is behind Straight My Teeth?
The Straight My Teeth head office is located in Cork, Ireland. There’s one Smile Studio, located in Ashford in Surrey.
Made up of qualified dentists and orthodontists,
the Straight My Teeth team is headed by Farhan Barlow and Omer Zia. This is a
relatively young company, launching in early 2020. Straight My Teeth works in
partnership with one of the world’s largest producers of clear braces, with
products that are FDA and MHRA approved.
Straight My Teeth only offers clear dental
aligners. As specialists in this product, they focus on treating customers in
14 months at most. For now, most customers will have to do their own dental
impressions at home.
Who can use Straight My Teeth aligners?
On the Straight My Teeth website, you can fill in a 30-second Free Assessment form. This asks questions about your teeth and is the first step to finding out if you’re a candidate for Straight My Teeth treatment.
You must be at least 14 years old to be
considered for treatment, and your teeth should need mild to moderate
straightening. Clear aligners will not be the best choice for those with severe
If you have existing dental problems, you may
need to resolve these first. Clear aligners may not be suitable if you have gum
disease, cavities or problems with your wisdom teeth.
The clear aligners can resolve issues with
crooked teeth, crowded teeth or unusually wide spacing.
To be eligible, you must have all of your
permanent adult teeth.
Once you’ve been approved and placed your order,
you will be asked to submit your dental records. This is so that Straight My
Teeth can confirm that you’re in good dental health.
How are the dental aligners made?
Aligners are created using BPA free plastic that
is transparent and medically approved. The plastics are supplied by Dentsply
Sirona, which is one of the leading companies for dental products in the UK.
Aligners are FDA approved. To get yours, the
first step is to order a home impression kit. The impressions you make will be
used as moulds to make your clear dental aligners. You can also visit Ashford’s
Smile Studio, for impressions taken by a licensed dentist with a free dental
What treatment options are available?
There is only one option for Straight My Teeth
customers, coming in the form of clear dental aligners.
Aligners should be worn for roughly 22 hours per
day. You’ll need to remove them for eating and drinking, then brush your teeth
before you put them back. Teeth should be brushed after every meal, and every
drink other than water. You’ll also need to clean your aligners to keep them
clear and hygienic.
Each set of aligners will only last a couple of weeks. You’ll need to swap to a new set to continue with your straightening treatment. Each set of aligners is very slightly different from the last, slowly moving your teeth into their final position.
How long does Straight My Teeth treatment take?
For most people, treatment will take between 6-12 months in total. Some people may have a shorter treatment, whilst others may wear their aligners for slightly longer.
Almost everyone will have finished their
treatment within a 14-month period.
Are there any other steps to take?
You’ll receive your aligners in the mail, to go through your treatment at home. You don’t need to do anything, except regularly swap your clear aligners for the next set to continue your treatment.
How much does Straight My Teeth treatment cost?
If you pay upfront for your treatment, the total cost will be £999. Choosing this option will also mean that you receive a teeth whitening kit.
There are additional costs that you’ll need
to consider before you sign up for treatment.
The home impression kit, needed to start treatment, costs £49 in total. This cost will be refunded if you’re not eligible for treatment.
For your money, you’ll get impression putty, trays, a cheek retractor and disposable gloves.
If you make a mistake with your first kit, you will need to pay for a second one. The cost of your second impression kit will be reduced by 50%. If you then go ahead with treatment, the cost of the second kit will be completely refunded.
It’s worth checking for special offers on
the Straight My Teeth website. The impression kit is sometimes available for as
little as £29.99.
You’ll have the option of visiting the Smile Studio in Surrey. Here, you can get dental impressions without doing them yourself at home.
You don’t need to pay to visit the Ashford studio. A scan is free, though you’ll need to book in advance.
The cost of treatment is £999. This price applies if you make a one-off payment.
At the end of your treatment, you’ll receive a free set of retainers. You should wear these every night, to make sure that your teeth stay in place.
Retainers don’t last forever. You’ll need a new
pair roughly every six months, and should wear these for the rest of your life.
These are available through Straight My Teeth for £99 a set.
The cost of retainers should be factored into
your decision to get clear aligner treatment. If you don’t continue to use
retainers, your teeth could slip back to old positions. Be prepared to spend
around £200 every year.
Are payment options available?
To help to spread the cost of teeth straightening treatment, a monthly payment option is available. You’ll pay in instalments of £67, with a £295 up-front deposit.
After 12 payments of £67, you’ll have paid a
total of £1,099.
Is a warranty or guarantee available?
Straight My Teeth doesn’t offer a warranty or guarantee, though you will get back the cost of your home impression kit if you’re not a candidate for treatment.
If you’re unhappy with the results, you can
choose to pay extra for continued refinement. The cost of this extra treatment
is a standard £150.
How old do you have to be?
You must be at least 14 years old for treatment through Straight My Teeth. Individual eligibility is decided based on your home impressions.
Where is Straight My Teeth available?
As you’ll do everything from home, treatment is available throughout the UK and Ireland.
There is only one Smile Studio, located in Ashford in Surrey. If you’d like a free scan, instead of making moulds at home, you will need to book an appointment.
What about customer service?
Customer service is relatively limited, once you’ve started your treatment. If you have any concerns or need to get in touch, you can contact Straight My Teeth by phone or email.
You can email [email protected] or call 0178 4469237. The office is open seven days a week and up to 7pm on weekdays.
Straight My Teeth: The Verdict
If you live in the UK or Ireland, you can go through Straight My Teeth treatment. You’ll buy a home impression kit, create your moulds and send them away in the mail. Your clear aligners will be delivered to your door, with no need to visit a dentist.
There’s only one Smile Studio. If you want the face-to-face experience, you’ll need to go to Ashford in Surrey. For most people, this is an inconvenient option. Other providers of clear aligners might have shops in several major cities, making these a more convenient option for customers that want 3D scans.
Compared to similar treatments, Straight My Teeth offers very competitive pricing. In most cases, similar treatments cost around £1,300 at a minimum.
Straight My Teeth takes quite a hands-off approach. After your initial order, and providing your dental records, you are left to go through treatment on your own. You’re not required to provide regular updates and photographs of your progress. Whilst this hands-off approach results in very low prices, some people might prefer to pay a little more for extra reassurance along the way.
Choosing to pay by monthly instalments will raise the price by £100. This isn’t a significant difference, which means that spreading the cost of your Straight My Teeth treatment is still cheaper than using a competitor.
Ease of use
It’s relatively easy to start your Straight My Teeth treatment. Though very few people will be able to get to the only Smile Studio, ordering a home impression kit makes treatment an option for anyone.
Be aware that your home impression kit will
cost you up to £49. If you make a mistake, you’ll have to buy another for 50%
of that price. You’ll be refunded the cost of your second kit if you later go
ahead with the treatment.
If you’re really worried about using your
kit then you can arrange extra support. On the Straight My Teeth website, you
can schedule a video call with a specialist to talk you through the process.
Be aware that, unlike many competitors, Straight
My Teeth won’t be checking in. You don’t need to send photographs every few
months for someone to keep track of your progression. Whilst many will enjoy
this extra freedom, you might prefer occasional updates to check that your
treatment is on track.
You won’t have options for treatment. Clear aligners are your only choice.
Aligners are made using food grade BPA free clear
plastic. You’ll be expected to wear these for 22 hours every day.
Your aligners are removable devices. You should
take them out to eat, drink and brush but wear them at all other times. Every
customer pays the same price for treatment of up to 14 months.
This is where Straight My Teeth can fall behind many competitors.
Most people will need to use the home impression kit. If you make a mistake, you must pay for a replacement but will get a half-price discount. Straight My Teeth will refund the cost of your second impression kit if it’s successful and you continue on with their treatment.
If you’re not eligible for clear aligners, you
will receive a refund of the cost of your impression kit. This means that you
won’t be out of pocket unless it’s your decision not to go ahead.
You won’t be asked to make regular check-ins to
ensure that your treatment is working. From the start to the end, you’re mainly
doing things on your own. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your own teeth and
check that they are moving as they should be.
Once you’ve reached the end of your treatment, you’ll hopefully like the results. If not, there’s an extra £150 charge to continue with limited refinements. There’s no guarantee that your teeth will end up like the treatment plan shown at the beginning.
Reviews of Straight My Teeth show many very happy
customers, which should provide peace of mind for anyone considering their
treatment, but ultimately this decision is made at your own risk. Straight My
Teeth treatment costs a lot less than clear aligners usually do, so you’re
taking a chance in exchange for cheaper teeth straightening.
Straight My Teeth Review
Reader Rating21 Votes
Make impressions at home (or Ashford studio)
A very low-cost treatment when compared to competitors
Monthly instalment payment option available
Available for teenagers aged 14 or over
Limited reassurance, including a lack of regular check-ins
You’ll have to pay more for refinements if you’re not happy