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Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

There are many different options for people who want to straighten their teeth, but not all of them are the best choice for everyone. For example, many patients prefer to wear aligners over traditional braces because they are more comfortable and nearly invisible.

Both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club use clear aligners that do not use brackets or wires like you will use with traditional metal braces. Although wearing aligners for teeth straightening is the method used by both of these systems, there are also several differences. We will compare Smile Direct Club and Invisalign clear aligner treatment so you can decide which orthodontic treatment sounds right for you.



How do aligners work?

Dental aligners straighten teeth by moving them incrementally. Each day, you wear an aligner that moves your teeth slightly and helps to correct the alignment of your bite and jaws gradually. Aligners are dental trays made from clear plastic and custom-designed for your teeth. You’ll also need to have occasional checkups with our dental practice in Winchester, although these checkups may vary depending on your case. Clear aligners are a good option for moderate teeth misalignment.

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Pros of Using Smile Direct Club

Save Money: This is an inexpensive option for aligning your teeth at home, and treatment costs $1,895 for a one-time payment. There is financing available, but there is an interest cost associated with it. On a payment plan, you can expect to pay around $2,300 overall in monthly installments of $85. Our payment plans for Invisalign treatments can often have a lower monthly payment, and there’s no cost added for interest.

Convenient: The program’s most significant benefit is that it allows patients to complete treatment without seeing a dentist or orthodontist. You may have your smile scanned at a Smile Direct Club branch or buy an impression kit to use at home. A dentist or orthodontist will analyze your scans at a lab and create a treatment plan without examining your teeth directly. Then your aligner trays are delivered by mail, and you also have the option of nighttime aligners with this system.

Cons to Using Smile Direct Club

High Failure Rate: Even though treatment costs less than seeing a dentist, it may cost you more in the long run if you need to seek additional treatment.

One-Size-Fits-All Treatment: Smile Direct Club may not be a good fit for you, or you may need additional treatment. As a qualified Invisalign dentist, we will evaluate your situation and suggest the most suitable options so that you don’t squander time or money.

Poor Customer Service: According to several Smile Direct Club customers, the company has poor customer service. When calling, you are greeted with an automated recording. You must go through hoops to finally connect with the correct person. The Tolley Dental team in Winchester is available to provide personalized customer service to you whenever you have questions or concerns about the Invisalign process.

No Buttons: SmileDirect will not utilize buttons, an essential component for the success of the Invisalign system. Buttons are tiny, temporary attachments that adhere to your teeth and keep the Invisalign aligners in position.

Paying for Multiple Impressions: Even professional dentists occasionally fail to get impressions perfectly on the first attempt. Therefore it’s only natural that many Smile Direct Club clients state that their initial impressions are rejected. If your initial impressions don’t pan out, you’ll be charged 50% of the original price for a new testing kit. Tolley Dental does not use impressions. Instead, we use a quick and easy scan that is more accurate and avoids gagging.

Advantages of Invisalign Treatment

The Invisalign treatment process typically takes 9-15 months, which is longer than Smile Direct Club. However, this is because it can treat a broader range of orthodontic issues and is clinically proven to be more effective.

According to the Better Business Bureau, more than 2,000 complaints have been filed against Smile Direct Club nationwide. Customer service difficulties account for most complaints, including broken aligners, delivery delays, and payment problems. In addition, dozens of claims are made about treatment outcomes and even include complaints of broken teeth or nerve damage.

Straightening teeth with a dental professional will ensure your treatment is safe. Dental professionals providing an in-person consultation are far more effective and accurate than remote treatment.


Invisalign VS. Smile Direct

Cost Comparison

Many patients want to compare the price of orthodontic treatment before committing to a plan. Invisalign in Winchester costs more, with the average treatment starting at $3,000. Smile Direct Club’s invisible aligners start at $1,850. However, it’s important to note that Invisalign offers a payment plan with 0% interest. Our office will help determine if your dental insurance will cover any of your treatments.


Contact us for an initial consultation!

Tolley Dental is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign, and we are excited to help you begin treatment. Contact our Winchester dental care team today!




Joshua Pennington June 25, 2024

Wonderful friendly staff, do a good job and take good care of you. Highly recommend

Vince Ventimiglia June 24, 2024

Great service and expertise from everyone… front desk, X-ray, hygienist, and dentist. Many thanks for going the extra distance!

Jean Biller June 18, 2024

It was very pleasant, welcoming and full of information. The doctor, her assistant and office staff were wonderful. I am glad they are in my area and wished I had come sooner.

Richard Singleton June 10, 2024

I have searched high and low for a great and amazing hygienist and I finally found her. Carrie is fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about her. I drive 4 hours just for a cleaning. Thank you.

David Cain June 4, 2024

Amazing service! Fast and very polite and extremely capable!

Kim Dickerson May 29, 2024

The best cleaning I've ever had! Thanks Layla!!

Kevin Conley May 28, 2024

Great experience, everyone was so pleasant. As soon as I arrived they were ready to take me back. Did not make me feel bad about my teeth or gum health and explained everything perfectly. I've never had such a fantastic experience at any dentists office before. 100% would reccommend to any and everyone.

Maryam Dowd May 15, 2024

I chose Tolly Dental because of their great reviews and they did not disappoint me. It’s hard to believe I could call a dental office wonderful but it surely is.

Carol Custer May 9, 2024

Everyone was so nice at Tolley Dental. They explained everything to me in basic terms so that I understood what was going on. Looking forward to my next appointment . Would highly recommend

Brandi Doolan April 29, 2024

Awesome experience! So kind, non-judgmental, caring, gentle and just all around much more pleasant than expected.


Pamela Plavnieks July 4, 2024

Dr. Tolley is the best. He is a perfectionist and cares about what is best for his patients. He listens and awnsers all your questions . He is an excellent Dentist.

Elizabeth Posey July 2, 2024

Everyone at Tolley Dental has been wonderful to work with. No one has made me feel less than for needing some major dental work and have eased my fears about it all. I would recommend Tolley Dental to anyone needing dental work or looking for a dentist who actually listens to their patients.

Denise Pratt June 28, 2024

I recently started seeing Dr. Mitra after having waited 10 years without seeing a dentist. I knew it would be a long road to get me back on track with my dental care so I had a lot of anxiety going into the process. Dr. Mitra just walked in to my appointment the first day and instantly I felt calmness. She is so kind, gentle and knowledgeable and so understanding. She has been there for me even on the weekends if I have any issues. She always takes the time to explain procedures in detail and answers any questions you have. She is truly one of the best dentists in our area!! I’m so thankful for her and my experience has been so positive! I’m thankful I took that first step to my dental health and I have her to help me through it. If you are looking for a dentist you need to go see her. It will be the best decision you make. Also, the whole staff working there are just wonderful!!! All of them are very knowledgeable and so kind.

Steve June 27, 2024

Fantastic place. I’ve been having chronic issues over several years. Dr. Tolley was able to identify the issue and provide a simple solution that would save me time and money. Their office got me in on a rush appointment and everyone was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We just moved to the area and have found our family dentist!!

Paula Holsinger June 24, 2024

Mattie was very professional and caring. Knowing I have a severe hearing loss, she made sure she looked at me when she spoke. She did a wonderful job. Dr. Tolley took his time and explained what needed to be done next. Definitely recommend.

Arlene Braithwaite June 20, 2024

Great office & very nice & competent office staff. Dr. Tolley was very nice & professional. Both he & Sharon were very thorough & explained plan of action for my issues. I feel I am in great hands.

Brian R June 19, 2024

I recently had a fantastic experience at Tolley Dental of Winchester. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming from the moment I walked in. The dentist was thorough and efficient, addressing my concerns with expertise. She took the time to explain the entire treatment process in a clear and professional manner, ensuring I felt comfortable every step of the way. The procedure itself was virtually painless, thanks to her skillful approach. I highly recommend Tolley Dental of Winchester for anyone seeking quality dental care in a friendly environment.

Hannah Schulte June 18, 2024

First time at Tolley Dental after being referred by my last dentist in Richmond. I'm happy to say this practice will be my place for dental care!

Toni O'Connor June 13, 2024

Best dental office i have ever frequented. Super, super clean. Very friendly and open. Fast and efficient.

J Kiser June 12, 2024

Absolutely the best dental practice I’ve ever been to. Professional, kind and Dr. Tolley is simply amazing. I would give 10 stars if I could!

B Mesich June 6, 2024

Everything and everyone is fantastic. Would give them 10 stars. I had an extensive procedure and they have supported me and been there through every single minute. They always take care of me and it’s never - We’ll see you in two weeks. Love these people love them.

Roxie McVeigh June 5, 2024

Got me in super quick for an emergency appointment. My hygienist and Doctor Westover were so kind and listened to everything I had to say. I’ve never been here before, but I’ll be making this my primary:)

-- June 4, 2024

Just wonderful!!

Larry Peters June 3, 2024

Everyone at the practice works hard to make the experience great.

Sharon Lawson May 24, 2024

My experience with Dr. Tolley snd everyone i have encountered on his staff has been exemplary! Being referred to him has been a life changing experience in evaluatinga and repairing my implants. I live in Leesburg and will happily maintain my dental relationship with him and his staff from afar. The best dental experience i have ever encounted.

Charles Blough (Charlie) May 21, 2024

Most knowledgeable Dentist I’ve ever met Personable, responsible and honest

Richard Gowdy May 21, 2024

Very professional and courteous staff. Highly recommend.

Melissa Furlow May 16, 2024

My dentist Dr. Mitra Westover was very kind and gentle.

R ich May 15, 2024

This is the best dentist in the valley. Caitlin and Doctor Franita Mary Joy were amazing. Thank you !

David Winsatt May 14, 2024

Everyone was exceptionally friendly and helpful.

Richard Fohrenbach May 9, 2024

Absolutely fantastic start with an appointment to be seen within 20 minutes of my first call and an appt to get the crown work started next week. Super nice modern office . 1.4 miles from home . Quick efficient processing of insurance . As we said n the US NAVY , bravo Zulu - well done . Gracias — my wife Linda plans to become a client as well. We just moved to Winchester 3 weeks ago !

jerry blair May 8, 2024

Model of what all dentist offices should be. Extremely nice and polite. Listened to wants and needs and explained everything clear and precise. Highly recommend to everyone. My thanks to all for making me feel that my care was the most important thing on your mind.

michaela beatley May 8, 2024

I absolutely loved my experience here! Everyone in the office was so kind from my hygienist Sam, to the front desk. Dr.Joy was so nice and explained my treatment :) thank you all for such a great appointment! I’ll definitely be back.

Michael & Vera Bikowski May 2, 2024

Extremely pleased with my hygienist and Dr. Tolley. Very thoughtful and thorough conversation concerning my current dental prognosis and future care.

Marchelle Williams May 2, 2024

I am a new patient to the practice and could not have asked for a better experience! The staff is friendly and makes one feel their dental needs are a top priority in this office. The exam was thorough and painless. I have became a permanent patient in just one visit

Jeff Twigg April 30, 2024

Dr. Mitra Westover is great at her job and my whole experience with Tolley Dental has been wonderful. Highly Recommend. 5 Star!!

Robert Bearer April 25, 2024

First time there and had a great experience

Raymond Stuckey April 25, 2024

The place was clean, you have all the bells and whistles, the staff was very nice. The prices are high.

Bill Hale April 25, 2024

Clean, fast, painless, and super friendly!

Jackie Adams April 23, 2024

Have experienced many dentists over the years, but I've never had the same high quality of work anywhere else.

Rick Longerbeam April 16, 2024

Cannot say enough good things about my experience. The complete office is 💯 professional, but even more welcoming to make the visit that much better. I never thought that a dental appointment could be that way.

Victor Matos April 11, 2024

Did not have to wait. Got there 10 minutes before my appointment and after 5 minutes they called me in. To me… that’s a 10 star rating. I’m a new patient so let’s see how it goes!!!

Randolph Arnold April 9, 2024

Extremely friendly staff. On my first visit, my emergency issue was addressed quickly and skillfully. I am greatly impressed. They easily gained my trust. R.Arnold

Wanda J. Cole April 5, 2024

I have been going to Dr. Mitra Westover for almost a year now. It has been the most pleasant experience I have had at a dentist office. They are caring, concerned, accommodating and more. I have had several things done from extraction to crowns & a bridge and each experience was taken care of very professionally and excellently done. Dr. Mitra is calm, patient, understanding and works well with you in any need to accommodate you. She & Melissa both were aware of my upcoming surgery and made sure I was comfortable in my visits (which were sometimes as much as 1-1/2 hrs in the chair). Upon returning from my surgery, the first thing they inquired about was my health in all sincerity. I do not look at them as just my dentist and assistant but also as friends. I will be recommending them to anyone that is looking for a dentist. Thank you girls for doing such a wonderful job and making my mouth brand new. My teeth thank you, also. They are smiling at you as I type. From the front door, Suzanne to the back all around and back out to Michaela, thank you everyone and keep up the great job you all do. Wanda J Cole

Cindy Coulson April 5, 2024

Everyone from office staff to hygienists to dentists are always very professional and courteous. For me, Tolley Dental is super convenient as I work just up the street and I can always get an appointment during my lunch break. If you are looking for a dentist, I would 100% recommend Tolley Dental!

Marianne April 3, 2024

Great experience, kind and caring staff. Highly recommend!

gary harasink March 28, 2024

Been with Dr Tolley since he was a pup. Great office. Friendly, professional staff.

Jim Rickabaugh March 27, 2024

Surrounded by professionals on all sides. Doesn't get better than that!

Elizabeth Posey March 27, 2024

I initially went to Dr. Tolley for a second opinion on some major dental work I wanted/needed done. From the moment I walked in it was evident Dr. Tolley cares about his patients well being and he goes the extra mile to ensure they feel comfortable. I will absolutely be switching to Dr. Tolley and cannot wait to have my smile back!!

Loretta Briede March 27, 2024

I had Kristian today who was very pleasant and willing to listen to my concerns on my routine cleaning. She was very gentle cleaning my teeth and they felt great afterwards. I have been going to this facility for years now and they do not disappoint. They do not force unnecessary work, they do not over charge and they care about the longterm preservation of your teeth. I am probably one of the pickiest people out there when it comes to dentists or doctors and I’m very comfortable here. They are not belittling because you have questions rather they work with you and address your concerns. I have been to many dentist’s and some who only have a financial interest in you THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM!

Cheryl Sura March 25, 2024

The staff was pleasant and professional. Sharon my hygenist was very informative and caring.

Lindsey Myers March 18, 2024

This was my second visit today. I had to get a cavity filled. I was super nervous about it but Dr. Tolley and his assistant Grace made me feel at ease! I will continue to get my dental work done here and continue to recommend to my family and friends.

David Driscoll March 15, 2024

Tolley Dental is hands down the best office I've ever been to. If you have any kind of anxiety or issues with going to the dentist, fear no more. Thank you to every member of the staff for everything!

Andy Young March 14, 2024

Everyone at the practice was very friendly and professional. The appointment was punctual, the insurance process was seamless, the examination was thorough, the facility was nice, and it was a good experience overall. I appreciated the holistic approach to the exam and the personable receptionists, Dental Technician, and Dentist. Thank you all.

Irene Ganginis March 14, 2024

It was my first time coming to this practice and I was very impressed. The office is open, airy and very clean, so that is reassuring. My dental hygienist was Emily who was AMAZING. Emily was professional, knowledgeable and engaging. I felt so comfortable and safe. Dr. Joy was warm and lovely, yet professional and very competent. She said "welcome to our family" and a truer statement could not be made.

Victoria Ricketts March 6, 2024

I love the doctors and the staff. The office is very modern and beautiful! I highly recommend Tolly Dental!

Kathy Ingram March 6, 2024

Very nice practice everyone that works there are so nice they really know what they are doing

Brian Renner February 28, 2024

For a guy that’s not too fond of Dentist’s. Been scared and uncomfortable with dentist’s ever since of “Little Shop of Horror's” Ben and his staff is by far the best place I’ve ever been too. I still panic a bit just cause of my nature with Doc’s and Dentists, but I can honestly say I always leave there satisfied and happy! Staff is really nice and thorough! Would recommend Tolley Dental to anyone without a doubt! Thanks again Ben and Staff I’ll be seeing ya’ll in April!

Robin Pranschke February 28, 2024

Excellent! Can’t say enough about Winchester Tolley Dental! Front desk was courteous, and efficient. My hygienist April was amazing! She was very pleasant, knowledgeable and gentle. Highly recommend Tolley Dental.

Sara Glover February 26, 2024

So glad to see Sam for my cleaning again! If everyone had a hygienist as kind and thorough as she is, no one would have bad feelings about a trip to the dentist.

Kaitlyn Deutsch February 21, 2024

Beautiful, clean office and kind, attentive staff! Very pleased with my first visit and looking forward to my next.

Bailey Lynn February 19, 2024

Friendly staff, great service, thorough explanation of everything. This facility was an absolute joy to visit. I honestly can't wait for my next appointment!

Carleigh Kucinich February 18, 2024

We have had great experiences at Tolley dental. Samantha Smith is a wonderful hygienist and we love Mitra Westover. She is so great and patient with kids and adults. I would highly recommend this practice!

Pam Rish February 16, 2024

Mattie is amazing, she is confident, competent and made me feel at ease. If you are looking for a dentist, look no further. Dr. Tolley has restored my faith in the dental profession by going out of his way to successfully fix dental mistakes made by other dentist from my past.

Stacie Komelasky February 16, 2024

Friendly staff and great experience

Dee Dee Ricketts February 16, 2024

Thank You Tolley Dental!! Great Experience!

Dennis Couture February 14, 2024

One is in good hands with Dr Tolley and his great team!

Beck Long February 6, 2024

Literally the best dental experience I’ve ever had. Dr.Tolley is the nicest dentist and he could have let me do a procedure (cosmetic) that would have cost me some money but he was honest and said it wouldn’t last and figured out a better way to fix my issue. The dental office is gorgeous and the staff is amazing. I have already scheduled all my routine work with them. I highly recommend them.

Paula Bryant February 5, 2024

Dr. Mitra Westover is amazing! Today's visit was to adjust a crown. Dr. Westover took her time and continued to keep checking until the bite was "just right". She was so thorough, and the results were wonderful. I continue to enjoy her professionalism and kind nature.

Christine Mcclenning February 2, 2024

Dr. Tolley and his staff are very accommodating and respectful.

Anna Robinson January 31, 2024

Professional, kind and caring!!! Explained everything! Actually an amazing experience! ! 😊

David Wesner January 31, 2024

Excellent service and treatment in all aspects of dental care

Howard Ross January 25, 2024

Great people. Highly professional. Very supportive!

Bill Storey November 1, 2023

Warm, caring, compassionate people that are the best at what they do!

pam keller October 10, 2023

Wonderful staff. Dr Tolley is wonderful will never go anywhere.

Terry Mckeown August 10, 2023

Very impressed with Dr. Joy!!! She answered all of my questions which made me feel comfortable making my decisions! I’ll never go to anyone else!

Nancy Brown March 22, 2023

Dental care was excellent!

Richard Bohnet January 30, 2023

April was a very skilled hygienist. The cleaning was top-notch!

Sean Neal January 17, 2023

My experience at Tolley Dental was wonderful! My hygienist, Sharon, did an excellent job on my cleaning and helped me feel at ease. Dr. Mitra Westover is an excellent dentist and very professional. She communicated a thorough dental plan for my future visits and I feel confident with my smile! As a side note it is very helpful that the office is located so close to the hospital.

Steve Klein December 1, 2022

Very happy with Tolley dental.

Bryan Currie November 16, 2022

Visited Tolley Dental today in Winchester. Dr. Mitra did my exam. I followed her here from her previous office because she is the best! Great dentist who answered all of my questions, including how to prevent snoring with an invisalign retainer. Cristin was my hygienist and did a great job with my coffee staining. Nice office, friendly staff and they take my insurance. Highly recommended.

David Hermens March 15, 2022

Excellent care and empathy for the patient. My choice for a dentist in Winchester.

Bonnie Barr January 4, 2022

I’ve been a patient of Dr. Tolley for years. Great dentist and staff!

Erik Erdal Erdal September 29, 2016

I have been a patient of Dr. Tolley now for several years, and every visit there is met by top notch employees and top a notch facility. I also feel very welcomed there, and it is like an extended family who truly cares about my well-being, not only for my teeth, but they have a genuine interest in you as a person. Dr. Tolley is a genuine pro at what he is doing, and so are the rest of his very friendly, accommodating and professional staff from the front office to the dentist chair.

Vince Warner June 16, 2015

Tolley Dental is the best..Dr Tolley is the best , upfront, honest ,caring, and thorough, the staff is amazing, and friendly... You will not get ripped off... Great Job!! Thank You Tolley Dental..

D Nicely February 9, 2015

Excellent dentist. I needed some complicated dental work and was completed impressed by the care I experienced. Dr. Tolley is very knowledgeable, skillful and thoughtful. It's a pleasure to have a dentist one can confidently trust to take care of problems at hand, as well as prevent future difficulties. Dr. Tolley’s staff is also very capable, friendly, and a pleasure to deal with, adding a very integral and important part of this dental practice.