If you have been looking at ways to straighten your teeth, you may have come across Dr Smile. But with all the different types of braces on the market, it’s hard to know which ones work, and which ones to stay clear of.
Dr Smile is a removable clear aligner used to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues. They are less noticeable than the traditional fixed braces, are less expensive, and require fewer dental appointments. But are they right for you?
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Dr Smile aligners, including the following topics:
- What is Dr Smile and how does it work?
- How much does Dr Smile cost in the UK?
- Dr Smile reviews
- Where can you get them?
- Dr Smile vs Invisalign
But first, let’s find out a little bit more about clear aligners and how they work.
Table of contents
- 1 What are clear aligners?
- 2 How does Dr Smile work?
- 3 How much does Dr Smile cost in the UK?
- 4 What do Dr Smile UK reviews have to say?
- 5 Dr Smile vs Invisalign
- 6 Conclusion
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are a clear plastic removable brace that can treat a range of orthodontic issues. If you have gaps between your teeth, or your teeth are crooked or crowded, you may be a candidate for clear aligners. So it is worth getting assessed to see if you're eligible for treatment.
Clear aligners or invisible braces are custom-made, clear plastic trays that fit snugly to your teeth and apply pressure to gradually align them. Every two weeks you change aligners so that your teeth continue to move in the right direction. There are different types of aligners, some with constant dental supervision, and some with none at all.
Invisible braces like Dr Smile and Invisalign require regular check-ins with a dental professional. Invisalign check-ins are done in person and remotely, whereas with Dr Smile all treatment is monitored entirely remotely via an app (although there are a few physical locations available for your initial appointment).
We will compare the two more thoroughly later on in this article.
If you would like to see how you would look after invisible braces treatment, you can use Invisalign’s free Smile View tool. Just upload a photo of yourself and get your smile preview back in minutes.
How does Dr Smile work?
Dr Smile is similar to other clear aligners in that you start by making an appointment with a provider to assess your eligibility. However, while there are over 200 practices in Europe that are Dr Smile providers, very few are in the UK.
Dr Smile locations
There aren’t too many Dr Smile locations in the UK, at time of writing, so most of their treatment is done remotely. To find a provider you can go to the Dr Smile website and input your postcode to find your nearest provider. Most of their practices are based in mid- to south England, in London and Birmingham.
Dr Smile process
Once you have booked your appointment the Dr Smile process is as follows:
- Your initial appointment is free, and if you are eligible, you will get a 3D scan of your teeth done.
- 14 days after your 3D scan you will receive your orthodontic plan, which includes pricing, duration of treatment, and final results in a 3D simulation. This plan is non-binding, so you are under no obligation to follow through with treatment if you’re unhappy with it in any way.
- 30 days after your 3D scan, your Dr Smile clear aligners will arrive in the post, and you can get started wearing them right away.
- Throughout your treatment, you can check in on the app with dental experts to ensure your treatment is going smoothly.
- In 6 months' time, you should have your perfect smile (depending on your case).
In the following video, the YouTube channel Madisian TV shows what it is like to unbox Dr Smile Aligners.
Wearing your Dr Smile Aligners
Dr Smile aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day, and they must be changed every 2 weeks. The app will accompany you throughout the treatment, record your progress and remind you when to change your aligners.
You are expected to upload weekly pictures of your teeth so that medical experts can keep track of your progress and supervise treatment. If, for whatever reason, your aligners aren’t fitting correctly or you are not progressing as expected, then immediate action can be taken.
Using the app also ensures your satisfaction guarantee, which includes:
- An individual treatment plan so that you can get the perfect smile
- Treatment supervision via the app
- Refinement to ensure that your final smile matches the initial simulation
- Post-treatment costs if your smile doesn’t match the initial simulation by the end of your treatment
How much does Dr Smile cost in the UK?
The price of getting teeth straightening treatment with Dr Smile differs depending on the complexity of your orthodontic case, and whether you pay monthly or as a single payment. The full cost of Dr Smile treatment ranges between £1,390 and £2,090, or between £116 and £174 per month.
The following table summarises Dr Smile clear aligner prices:
Complexity of case
What do Dr Smile UK reviews have to say?
We read some of the Dr Smile reviews to see what other people think about these aligners. Many people were pleased with their clear aligners and the results and rated Dr Smile aligners with 5 stars. However, we found that some people were not as satisfied with their treatment.
After reading reviews, it seems that the main concern is that patients feel more like customers. This may be due to their treatment being monitored remotely, rather than in practice.
Let’s take a look at some of these reviews.
Totally satisfied ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)
“Totally satisfied! Quick and easy, I'm 2.5 months into the 6-month treatment and already starting to see results. I was super excited to get my box. It felt so weird at first but I'm 100% used to it by now.
Great customer support too.” – Samantha M
I definitely give 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)
“In the beginning, I was unfamiliar with the product, but after about a week I got used to it and everything went well. I recommend everyone who has a tooth gap contact Dr Smile.” – Rizgar Ali
I have to say that I didn’t expect it… ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4/5)
“I have to say that I didn’t expect it to hurt this much when you put the aligner in for the first time. But, the pain only lasts for 1-2 days and the aligners are really comfortable after that.
Sometimes you even forget that they are in or maybe you just get used to them.” – Dr Smile customer
It works. Bad customer service ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (3/5 stars)
“It works very well and the cost is fair. The customer service though is not well organized and the use of the app is unpractical and does not substitute a real medical check. Plus, the customer service is very hard to reach.” – Karo Line
Dr Smile vs Invisalign
Dr Smile and Invisalign are very similar in that they are both clear aligners. But there are a few important differences worth noting. The main difference between them is that Invisalign is much more closely monitored by dentists and orthodontists. This is because you can have your check-ins in person.
Invisalign has a lot more providers in the UK, making it possible to have in-person appointments with your dentist or orthodontist to monitor your progress.
All Dr Smile treatment is monitored closely with their app. And it is debatable if online monitoring can really replace in-practice appointments with your orthodontist.
This study showed that there wasn't any difference between remote dental monitoring and in-practice monitoring. However, a small amount of the patients didn't get on with the remote monitoring system.
Invisalign is the more expensive option, but in the case of invisible braces, you get what you pay for. And they do have more treatment options depending on the severity of your case which may be more affordable. So it is worth consulting your orthodontist before being put off by the price.
Another difference is that Dr Smile can only treat mild to moderate orthodontic cases, whereas Invisalign can treat up to 90% of cases. This means that if your case is more severe, you may not be eligible for Dr Smile.
For a summary of Dr Smile vs Invisalign, check out the following table:
Suitable for mild problems?
Suitable for mid-level problems?
Suitable for complicated problems?
£1,390 - £2,090 full mouth
£1,500 - £5,500 full mouth
4 - 9 months
3 - 18 months
Remotely via app
In person and remotely via app
Clear, barely visable
Clear, barely visable
If you would like to know if you are eligible for Invisalign you can check your eligibility with their quick Smile Assessment tool.
Or, find your nearest Invisalign provider and book a consultation to discuss treatment eligibility and costs.
If you have mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and you just want that perfect smile, then Dr Smile aligners could work for you.
Clear aligners are a great option in general for anyone who doesn’t want to have metal train tracks in their mouth and are concerned about their appearance. They are virtually invisible, and removable which makes eating a lot easier!
Dr Smile aligners are mostly an at-home treatment that is monitored by an app, so you don’t have to worry about going to the dentist after your initial appointment. But, if we look at the Dr Smile reviews, the main concern that patients seem to have is with the app and customer service.
Some people may prefer the personal in-practice treatment that you get with Invisalign. And while Invisalign may be more expensive, it can treat slightly more complex cases, and in-practice monitoring is often more thorough. If you are interested in reading some Invisalign reviews, check out our dedicated article here.
If you aren’t sure which aligner is the better fit for your orthodontic needs and your lifestyle, why not book a consultation with your nearest Invisalign provider. It's usually free, and you can ask any questions and receive a personalised treatment plan before deciding what's best for you:
Or, if you're looking for a cheaper aligner option and you don’t need complex teeth straightening, have a look at Straight My Teeth. Similarly to Dr Smile, their treatment is also monitored remotely using an app, but it only costs £999.