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General FAQs

We don’t think you should have to pay a flat fee for your aligners when you can save money with a fully customized plan. At UpSmiles, you only pay for what you need. If your treatment requires fewer aligners, it will cost you less money.

After reviewing your dental impressions, your UpSmiles dentist/orthodontist will advise you what level of treatment you require: Mild, Moderate, or Moderate+.

Your alignment treatment will depend on the number of aligners you require:

Up to 6 upper and 6 lower (Mild): $999

Up to 12 upper and 12 lower (Moderate): $1399

Up to 18 upper and 18 lower (Moderate+): $1599

The growing network of state-licensed dentists and orthodontists using the UpSmiles platform has several years of experience in aligners. Through our platform, they treat mild to moderate malocclusion, and they are licensed in the states where the candidate resides. They use their own professional discretion and may require additional information from the patient via the UpSmiles platform before approving a candidate for treatment. UpSmiles and those doctors who use our tele-health platform comply with the practice of dentistry and tele-health based on the state laws that regulate their licensure.

Each candidate must confirm that they have visited their regular dentist within the past 6 months and that they will continue to see their regular dentist during treatment. This is to avoid any complications for starting aligner treatment. Ideal candidates must sign a consent form prior to beginning treatment. Any contra-indications will be reviewed by the doctor prior to approving the candidate for treatment.

Aligner Treatment FAQs

Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week or two), your teeth gradually move into a straighter position.

  • Unlike traditional orthodontic braces, aligners allow you to keep your gums healthy.
  • Proven results and predictable tooth movement.
  • Better fit, better comfort, more hygienic than braces, and no food restrictions.
  • Effective for a wide variety of mild to moderate cases including those who have spaces between their teeth, crowding, teeth rotations, minor crossbites and minor deep bites.
  • Flexibility, removal of aligners whenever you want.

The treatment range is 2-10 months with most averaging as little as 3 months using HFV or 6 months without HFV. Ideal cases are those that require minor to moderate tooth movement. You must wear your aligners for approximately 20 hours per day to achieve results. Compliance is critical.

It’s not much different than wearing braces. Both aligners and braces use light force pressure to move teeth. HFV may help make the tooth movement process more comfortable and may potentially cut down on your treatment time by almost half. You can accomplish this with HFV for 5 minutes twice daily or chewies which are included in your aligner package. Both help facilitate the seating of your aligners.

There are no doctor office visits required, although we have professionally staffed locations for you to go to in select markets. Aligners are mailed directly to your home. You must sign a consent form indicating you have been given a clean bill of oral health by your dentist. The dentists or orthodontists on our tele-health platform will evaluate your smile to determine if UpSmiles can achieve acceptable results prior to fabricating your aligners. We always recommend getting a first opinion from a local provider as some cases may not achieve successful results without regular direct professional supervision.

Impression Kit FAQs

After reviewing your dental impression, your UpSmiles dentist/orthodontist will review and share your customized treatment plan with you. We'll refund the cost of the impression kit if you're not a candidate, and there is no obligation or commitment to move forward if you are deemed a candidate.

Approximately 4 weeks from the time you approve and pay for the treatment.

Your impression kit includes a televisit with our staff to ensure your impression is done correctly. If the impression is still not done correctly, we’ll send you more impression materials for a nominal fee to repeat the process.

AcceleDent® Optima® FAQs

By inserting the mouthpiece around your aligners and turning on the Activator for 20 minutes every day, AcceleDent Optima can reduce both aligner treatment time and orthodontic discomfort. AcceleDent’s patented SoftPulse Technology® applies precisely calibrated vibrations called micropulses that transmit through the roots of your teeth to the surrounding bone. This gentle vibration helps increase the cellular activity and speeds the rate in which your teeth can move.

Yes, AcceleDent Optima is clinically shown to speed up tooth movement by as much as 50% to decrease treatment time by up to 50% and drive predictable outcomes from your treatment.

Some other aligner companies supplement their treatment with a High Frequency Vibration (HFV) tool. Like SoftPulse Technology®, HFV therapy can reduce your treatment time by half, but only SoftPulse Technology® is clinically proven to also reduce orthodontic discomfort by up to 71%.

Unlike High Frequency Vibration (HFV) treatment, SoftPulse Technology micropulses exert up to 8x less force than a power toothbrush and 200x less force than ordinary chewing. It is the gentle and comfortable solution to accelerate your treatment time and reduce orthodontic discomfort.