Finding the time, money, and head space to move forward with teeth straightening treatment can feel a little bit daunting. Luckily, at-home clear aligner companies like NewSmile have simplified this process — and made it significantly less expensive as well.
The average cost of Invisalign is $5,000, which makes NewSmile’s low price of $1,195 a much more budget-friendly path forward for straightening your teeth. But no matter how you look at it, a thousand dollars is still a sizable investment. You might also be wondering exactly what your all-in cost will be, which can be a little difficult to navigate on your own between discounts, financing, add-ons and aftercare.
That’s what we’re here to help illuminate for you. In this guide, we’ll lay out all of the elements that contribute to your total treatment cost and give you a clearer picture of how much you can actually expect to spend on NewSmile treatment.
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NewSmile’s sticker price is $1,195 for their “Fast Track” daytime aligner package. This package comes with an impression kit, treatment preview (digitally imagined “afters” of your smile), a full set of aligners, one set of retainers and a bottle of whitening foam. It will also include NewSmile’s monitoring app to help them oversee your treatment process.
NewSmile’s nighttime aligner “Fast Track” plan has a sticker price of $1,295. This plan comes with all the same bells and whistles as NewSmile’s daytime plan — just with their Night Aligners instead.
If you are in the financial position to do so, paying upfront for your NewSmile treatment will end up costing you less money overall. However, if you aren’t someone whose sock drawer is aching to part with a thousand dollars, then NewSmile’s third-party financing may be a good option for you. We’ll take a closer look at this option later on!
When you pay for NewSmile treatment upfront through their Fast Track package, an impression kit is automatically included. However, if you are someone who likes to tip-toe into major purchases instead of cannonballing, you can first purchase a NewSmile impression kit separately, then send your completed impressions to their professionals for a treatment preview before committing the full treatment price.
When bought alone, NewSmile’s impression kit is $139, which is more expensive than other brands. However, it’s often on sale for as low as $49, and paying for the impression kit separately saves you from having to make an expensive commitment right off the bat.
NewSmile’s whitening foam is priced at $39. Since one bottle of whitening foam is included in your aligner package, you will have the opportunity to see if you like it before buying it on your own.
NewSmile sells their Tray Spray for $35. This is a spray used to sanitize your aligners. Picture your trusty hand sanitizer — only mint flavored and non-toxic.
This $20 case is a good place to store your aligners if you are traveling, or simply wish to take your aligners out to enjoy a meal at a restaurant.
After teeth straightening treatment (whether it be online clear aligners, braces, or Invisalign), the industry-wide recommendation is to wear retainers overnight — in perpetuity — to prevent your teeth from moving out of place. This means that the cost of retainers through the clear aligner company you choose is very important, because it isn’t just a one-time expense.
NewSmile includes one set of retainers (upper and lower) in your package, but unfortunately once it’s time to replace those retainers, their prices for additional retainers are pretty steep. If you buy one retainer outright from NewSmile, it will cost you $149. They have an option to buy two retainers at once which would save you $76 total, but the price for each retainer is still $112.50.
By comparison, competitors like Byte and AlignerCo offer aftercare programs that mail you retainers on a regular schedule to make it as easy as possible to preserve your smile. These packages also offer competitive prices (AlignerCo’s package averages $49 per retainer). NewSmile not offering a program like this means that your retainers will likely cost you more in the long run — and remember, this is a fairly long run!
If, by the end of your treatment, you don’t feel your smile matches the initial treatment preview, NewSmile will work with you to resolve the issue(s) you’re experiencing. However, this will likely come at a price.
NewSmile considers a 90% attainment of your proposed treatment plan a success, so depending on the disparity between your actual smile and the projection, you may have to pay for additional refinements. The cost of the refinements will be determined by AlignerCo’s dental team, but are typically $399.
Discounts and Promotions
NewSmile offers a discount to folks who are currently serving in the military or who have previously served. To receive this discount you must send NewSmile customer support an email with your military ID number. Their customer support team will then send you a discount code to receive $200 off of your clear aligner treatment. Not the simplest process, but a significant amount of money saved nonetheless!
Both NewSmile’s daytime and nighttime aligners can be financed through a third-party company called partial.ly. There is no credit check, so you don’t have to worry about this option negatively affecting your credit score — or your credit score securing you a bad rate. Everyone is approved!
For the daytime aligners, the third-party financing price is $1,303 total: $295 down and $84 per month for twelve months. This means you will end up paying $108 more than buying outright (about a 9% fee).
For the nighttime aligners, you will also put down a $295 deposit, then pay $92 per month for twelve months, bringing your total to $1,395. This is $100 more than paying outright, or about an 8% fee.
Your dental insurance probably covers most (if not all) of your necessary procedures, things like cleanings, fillings, root canals, etc. The issue with clear aligner treatment is that some insurance providers consider it a cosmetic treatment and, therefore, not eligible for coverage. This is especially true for at-home aligners which typically treat milder cases of misalignment. So, you’ll want to consult with your insurer to determine whether they will offer any coverage for NewSmile treatment specifically.
If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), NewSmile accepts payments from either. These tax-free funds — which may receive contributions from your employer — are a great way to reduce your out-of-pocket cost. You can pay directly with your FSA/HSA debit card, or if you don’t have a debit card for those accounts, you can get a receipt from NewSmile and send it to your FSA/HSA directly for reimbursement.
How Does The Cost Compare to Other Treatment Options?
The at-home clear aligner industry has done wonders for making teeth straightening more affordable. The average cost of at-home clear aligners is $2,000 — providing significant savings compared to braces and Invisalign (which average about $5,000). That means treatment with NewSmile runs around 40% less than the at-home clear aligner industry average, and about 75% less than braces or Invisalign!
That said, one area where NewSmile falls behind its competitors is the cost of retainers. Since retainers are a long-term recurring cost, these will add up significantly over time. Even Candid (a clear aligner service with a considerably higher sticker price than NewSmile) offers competitively priced retainers post-treatment.
Though NewSmile’s sticker price is quite low, there are some benefits to dishing out a couple hundred dollars more to get treatment through a competitor like Byte. Byte’s aligner bundle includes a device called the HyperByte, which brings their average treatment time down to a mere 3 months (the fastest in the industry).
Byte also offers other perks like a lifetime guarantee on your smile, meaning if your teeth ever move out of place you will have a no-cost option to get them back into position. This could potentially save you a great deal of money in the long run.
When comparing the different values of at-home clear aligner brands overall, NewSmile can’t quite keep up with the competition. NewSmile makes up for these shortcomings with their low sticker prices, but since their post-treatment costs add up significantly over time, another brand could be a less expensive option in the long run.
Since straightening your teeth can be such an expensive process, it is understandable that sticker price would be an important factor in deciding which clear aligner company is the right fit for you. However, there is so much more to the total cost of clear aligners than just the initial sticker price. For NewSmile, the low sticker price is not indicative of their long-term price, when you factor in the fairly steep cost of retainers.
All that said, NewSmile isn’t the only online clear aligner service on the market, and it’s a good idea to compare your options before moving forward with any teeth-straightening treatment. Visit our review of the 5 best online clear aligner services for a more comprehensive look at your options.