Everyone wants a million-dollar smile, but getting one as an adult can be tough.
After all, no one past their awkward teen years wants to deal with the “brace face” life. Thankfully, with at-home teeth aligners, you don’t have to.
At-home clear aligners make it possible to straighten your teeth from the comfort of your house. No brackets, no wires, no office visits. And as an added plus, these alternatives are hundreds of dollars cheaper than braces.
Two top at-home aligner companies are SnapCorrect and AlignerCo, but which is right for you? In this comparison, we’ll answer that question. Your smile is unique, and your treatment should fit your unique needs, too.
Spoiler | AlignerCo Wins
6 Things They Have in Common
For the bulk of this review, we’ll talk about the ways AlignerCo and SnapCorrect are different. But they do have a fair bit in common. On the obvious side, both companies will help you perfect your grin without going to the dentist’s office. But the commonalities between AlignerCo and SnapCorrect go much deeper than that:
1) Affordability: If you’re looking for an affordable option, then you’ll find it in both AlignerCo and SnapCorrect. AlignerCo is the most affordable on the market, and SnapCorrect has the third-best price.
2) Flexible Financing: Even though AlignerCo and SnapCorrect have the most affordable prices, you may not be able to pay the entire sum up front. Thankfully, both AlignerCo and SnapCorrect offer financing. SnapCorrect has several financing options at a variety of payment amounts. AlignerCo has an option that requires a credit check and one that requires a down payment instead.
3) Discreet: SnapCorrect and AlignerCo both use slightly different aligners, but the general idea is the same. And unlike braces, aligners from SnapCorrect and AlignerCo are nearly invisible when you have them on.
4) Safe: We get it. Home dentistry (also called teledentistry) sounds a bit sketchy. But in reality, it isn’t. Both AlignerCo and SnapCorrect use teams of qualified dental professionals to create a custom treatment plan just for you. They combine your dental impressions with advanced technology to craft your set of aligners. Basically, they’ve taken the technology Invisalign perfected and brought it to the comfort of your home.
5) Insurance Coverage: AlignerCo and SnapCorrect both may be covered (in part) by your insurance. In general, you’ll probably get some insurance reimbursement if your policy includes orthodontic benefits. We recommend that you check with your insurance provider to see if you’ll be covered before purchasing a treatment plan.
6) Overall Value: SnapCorrect and AlignerCo both have different price points (more on this in a moment), but each company gives a lot of bang for your buck. With AlignerCo, you’ll get all your aligners in your treatment and a free set of post-treatment retainers. SnapCorrect has a similar package, but they also throw in free whitening for life once you’re a customer.
That covers the similarities. For the remainder of this review, we’ll dig into the differences so you can pick the home aligner that’s best for you.
Company Track Records
Home teeth alignment is a fairly new industry. Even so, it’s important to consider each company’s respective track record. Here’s how the two compare:
|Founded: 2019||Founded: 2017|
|Company focus: Providing the most affordable aligners in the industry||Company focus: Creating beautiful smiles and maintaining them with free whitening treatment for life|
AlignerCo and SnapCorrect are both really new to the industry, but they’ve already made a significant mark in a short time. That’s because they saw the holes created by the industry giant, Smile Direct, and decided to fill them. AlignerCo filled the overall affordability gap, and SnapCorrect adds an impressive extra by providing free whitening for life. They may be small for now, but we expect they’ll continue growing.
Home teeth aligner companies all use clear plastic aligners to help shift your teeth into the perfect position. But who creates those aligners is an important distinction. That includes the person designing your treatment plan and the manufacturer producing the aligners themselves.
AlignerCo and SnapCorrect each have their own production methods:
|Treatment designers: A mixed team of orthodontists and general dentists||Treatment designers: A mixed team of orthodontists, dentists, and “dental technicians”|
|Aligner manufacturer: Currently unknown||Aligner manufacturer: Essix, a reputable manufacturer in the dental industry|
The manufacturer of your aligners is important. After all, the manufacturer affects the quality and durability of each piece of plastic that enters your mouth. So, we’d really like to know who manufactures aligners for AlignerCo.
That said, who designs your treatment is even more important. Let’s be fair: general dentists do have well-rounded professional training, which includes teeth movements. However, they don’t have the same expertise as orthodontists. Orthodontists have to complete several more years of postgraduate education learning the science of the perfect smile.
By guaranteeing that only an orthodontist will oversee your case, other companies ensure safe, effective, and high-quality care. Treatment from AlignerCo and SnapCorrect is still top quality, but there’s no guarantee that an orthodontist will oversee your case personally.
No two smiles are exactly alike. So, regardless of what company you choose for treatment, your treatment could be longer or shorter than someone else’s. Your treatment speed largely depends on the severity of your crowding or spacing condition.
That said, each company’s product affects your treatment speed as well. Here are the average treatment times for AlignerCo and SnapCorrect:
- AlignerCo: 6 to 11 months for daytime treatment, 8 to 12 for nighttime
- SnapCorrect: 3 to 9 months
Depending on the severity of your case, your treatment may be slightly faster or slower than the industry average of six months if you use SnapCorrect. AlignerCo, however, can be a bit slower than the average. If you’re looking for a speedier method, check out Byte instead. Their average treatment lasts just three months.
Pricing & Features
Let’s talk about bang for your buck. In this section, we’ll dig into the pricing details for impression kits, treatment, and whitening from AlignerCo and SnapCorrect.
Impression Kit Pricing
All home clear aligners have you kick off your treatment by taking teeth impressions. With most companies, this means using an at-home impression kit. A few companies maintain retail locations where you can get free teeth scans instead of ordering an impression kit, but unfortunately, SnapCorrect and AlignerCo do not.
Here’s how the impression kit prices stack up:
- AlignerCo, $75 or FREE: The impression kit from AlignerCo includes everything you’ll need to take your impressions, including putty, trays, a cheek retractor, instructions, and return shipping. Bought separately, the kit costs $75, but AlignerCo will give you the kit for free if you pay for your entire treatment up front.
- SnapCorrect, $95: SnapCorrect’s kit includes everything you need to take your impressions at home, including trays, putty, a smile expander, and, of course, a prepaid shipping label. SnapCorrect sometimes runs sales on the kit.
Both AlignerCo and SnapCorrect provide a guarantee on your impression kit. If you send in impressions and it turns out that you’re not a good candidate for treatment, they’ll refund the kit price and any money you prepaid for aligners. If you are a candidate, though, you’ll pay the kit price regardless of whether or not you decide to get treatment.
Once you complete your impressions, AlignerCo or SnapCorrect will create your personalized treatment plan. This includes all of the aligners you’ll need to shift your smile from meh to wow. Regardless of how many aligners you need, your price is the same. Let’s start out by discussing the base prices for each service.
- AligneroCo, $1,145 for daytime, $1,345 for nighttime: AlignerCo’s price point is, without a doubt, the most affordable price in the industry. They’re hundreds of dollars cheaper than their closest price competitor, which is SnapCorrect.
- SnapCorrect, $1,749: SnapCorrect has one of the cheapest prices in the at-home aligner industry (only AlignerCo & NewSmile cost less). And they make a great value of it, too, including everything you’ll need to straighten your teeth. They also include your first set of post-treatment retainers for free.
Can’t pay all at once? Both services offer flexible financing plans:
- AlignerCo, $1,320: AlignerCo actually offers two financing plans: SmileFlex and SmileFlex Easy. SmileFlex requires you to pass a credit check. But once you do, you’ll be able to start making your 12 monthly payments of $110. SmileFlex Easy lets you skip the credit check; instead, you’ll make a down payment of $275. After that, you’ll have 11 payments of $95. Financing for nighttime treatment is just a bit pricier.
- SnapCorrect, $1,800.61-$1,939.45: SnapCorrect also partners with a third-party company called Affirm for their financing. You can choose between a 6-, 12-, or 24-month payment plan.
With either company, financing will actually cost you more. So if you can swing it, it’s well worth it to pay the whole sum up front.
AlignerCo doesn’t offer any whitening products in their treatment bundles; that’s because they want to keep your costs as low as possible. SnapCorrect, however, has the most intriguing offering in the entire industry: free whitening for life once you’re a customer.
All told, AlignerCo has slightly better prices than SnapCorrect. You get a lot of value for your money with SnapCorrect thanks to their offering of free whitening for life. However, AlignerCo’s low price point is unbeatable, especially if you’re on a budget.
No one anticipates having issues with their aligners, but stuff happens. That’s life. When it does, you’ll need to talk with customer support. We’ve tested them ourselves, and here’s how the two compare:
|Contact methods: Phone, email, webchat, & video call (for impressions)||Contact methods: Phone, email, & web chat|
|Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, 7 days a week||Hours: 8 a.m to 5 p.m. PST|
|Speed: Phone and webchat get prompt, same-day responses; email queries can take up to 24 hours||Speed: Webchat & phone get near-instant responses; email queries can take 24 hours (though COVID seems to have slowed this some)|
|Friendliness: Prompt, helpful, & enthusiastic||Friendliness: Kind, prompt, and helpful|
|Takeaway: AlignerCo’s small size allows them to give individualized attention to each customer, every time.||Takeaway: SnapCorrect excels on the customer support front. We saw no red flags; we’re confident you’ll get good service.|
If you’re looking for any weird customer service gimmicks, you won’t find any with SnapCorrect or AlignerCo. They don’t do anything fancy or odd—they just respond attentively, respond to your needs, and ensure that your treatment stays on track. We do like AlignerCo a bit better; their regular email check-ins add a touch more personalization to your treatment.
Ease of Getting Started
Ease is the name of the game when it comes to at-home aligner treatment. But not all aligner companies use the same process. Some are a bit easier than others.
The same goes for SnapCorrect and AlignerCo. Some of their competitors maintain physical locations that customers can visit to skip the hassle of an impression kit by scheduling an appointment, where a smile assistant will administer a teeth scan. These appointments are free and much simpler than impressions.
Unfortunately, AlignerCo and SnapCorrect don’t offer this option. To make up for it, they provide video call support for impression kits. You can have a customer service representative coach you through the process. They’ll help ensure that you get your impressions right.
What if I get it wrong?
Impression kits are a tad tricky, so don’t panic if you mess them up. If the impressions are iffy—they could work, but you’re not sure—send them in. The orthodontists will let you know if you need to try again.
If you’re sure you’ve botched the impressions, contact customer support at AlignerCo or SnapCorrect and they’ll send another kit your way.
For many shoppers, customer reviews can make or break purchasing decisions. If you’re one of those shoppers, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done the legwork for you to see what customers across the web are saying about AlignerCo and SnapCorrect.
|Top loves: More affordable than other options; process is easy to complete; excellent customer support||Top loves: affordable yet effective treatment; minimal discomfort; friendly and quick support|
|Top complaints: Sometimes aligners don’t fit and refinements are tricky; products manufactured overseas||Top complaints: requesting refinements is tedious; COVID-era customer support is slower; some retainers break|
|Average score: 4.5/5||Average score: 4/5|
Before we go too far, let’s note that both of these companies are still growing their pool of online reviews. Both have hundreds, but not as many as some of their competitors. So we take them with a grain of salt; we’ll feel even more confident about their ratings as they grow.
That said, AlignerCo has a better reputation than SnapCorrect, and we tend to agree with that. But that’s our opinion; a lot of customers like both options.
Refund Policies & Satisfaction Guarantees
With any purchase, there’s always the nagging question: what if it doesn’t work out? AlignerCo and SnapCorrect both have very individualized approaches for refunds and satisfaction guarantees.
AlignerCo’s Satisfaction Guarantee
Like a lot of home aligner companies, AlignerCo offers only one true refund: their impression kits. If you buy one and you aren’t a candidate, you’ll get a refund for the kit. Beyond that though, once you purchase your aligners, you’ll only receive a refund if there are manufacturing defects with your aligners. However, if you reach the end of your treatment and you’re not satisfied with your results, you should contact customer support. Provided you’ve followed all the requirements of your treatment, you can also request a refinement for $200.
SnapCorrect’s Satisfaction Guarantee
Similarly, SnapCorrect’s only refund is on their impression kit. If you’re not a candidate for treatment, you’ll be refunded for the impression kit. Other than that, SnapCorrect strives to make you satisfied with your treatment. If you reach the end of your treatment and you don’t like the results, you can apply for a re-evaluation and refinement, which would provide additional aligners to finish the job.
Top Alternatives to AlignerCo and SnapCorrect
Honestly, we don’t have an “alternative” for AlignerCo. They’re our second favorite service. SnapCorrect is a good company, but they’re not our top pick. That said, if you’re not sold on AlignerCo (or you just want to weigh all your options), then we recommend checking out Byte. They’re our #1 pick thanks to their speedy treatment speed and overall treatment value. They also offer nighttime treatments.
Which is the Best Clear Aligner for You?
When it all comes down to it, AlignerCo and SnapCorrect are both good options. But at the end of the day, you can only pick one.
If you want our honest opinion, we prefer AlignerCo. Aside from free whitening for life, AlignerCo offers the exact same treatment package as SnapCorrect. But it’s around $600 cheaper. They’re a touch slower than some other options, but unless you’re in a rush, that’s not a huge deal.
- Choose AlignerCo if: saving your money is your top priority. AlignerCo has the best prices in the entire industry.
- Choose SnapCorrect if: you’re intrigued by whitening for life, but you still want to keep your treatment affordable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does either clear aligner service offer discounts?
Technically, both services offer discounts. AlignerCo always has a referral discount for $100 off their aligners (provided you know someone with or can find a code). SnapCorrect’s most common discount is for their impression kit.
Are AlignerCo and SnapCorrect legit?
Your mom warned you about things that sound too good to be true, right? Thankfully home aligner companies like AlignerCo and SnapCorrect aren’t. These companies leverage a competitive product with competitive prices. But they don’t sacrifice quality to do it. How? They don’t have the overhead costs of a physical office like a traditional orthodontist’s office, so they can reinvest those savings in measures that ensure fast and convenient treatment.
Which home aligner is more customer-focused?
In this case, AlignerCo is more customer-focused. SnapCorrect does a good job with their customer service, but they can’t rival AlignerCo’s model. AlignerCo is just small enough that they can dedicate extensive attention to each customer, including sending regular email check-ins to ensure your treatment is going well.
How do AlignerCo and SnapCorrect compare to Invisalign?
They’re distant cousins, really. Invisalign pioneered the clear aligner alternative to traditional braces. However, Invisalign adds one different aspect: devices affixed to your teeth to secure the aligners, which must be attached in-office by a qualified orthodontist. Home aligners don’t use these devices, allowing you to complete your entire treatment at home.
How do these companies compare to Byte, Candid, and Smile Direct?
AlignerCo and SnapCorrect are pretty similar to both Byte, Candid, and Smile Direct. Smile Direct is the industry’s powerhouse (they started business in 2013) with a ton of experience. Candid is a little newer, but they focus on high-quality treatment and social impact through their partnership with the Smile Train. Byte wins in the speed department – their average treatment time lasts just 3-4 months.
Is there an age requirement for using either AlignerCo or SnapCorrect?
AlignerCo and SnapCorrect both require you to have all permanent teeth before beginning treatment. (You don’t want to dump thousands into teeth that will just fall out, anyway). AlignerCo treats anyone 14 and older, but SnapCorrect doesn’t list an explicit age requirement. With either service, though, minors must have parental consent before receiving treatment.
Does either service give free whitening treatment?
To keep their prices and costs low, AlignerCo doesn’t offer any free extras, whitening included. SnapCorrect, however, gives you free whitening treatment for life once you’re their customer.
Can I use AlignerCo and SnapCorrect if I live outside the USA?
Currently, SnapCorrect is available throughout Australia, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Technically, AlignerCo doesn’t ship internationally. But their sister company, SmilePath is available internationally, especially in Australia.
Do AlignerCo and SnapCorrect have aggressive upsells?
Thankfully, no. What they advertise up front is what you get, and they don’t try to force any additional products into your cart.
How do I know If at-home aligners are right for me?
Many people are good candidates for at-home treatment. In general, the only people who should automatically steer clear of at-home aligners are people with significant bite issues. If underbite, overbite, crossbite, etc. is the cause of your misalignment, then clear aligners may not be able to permanently correct your issue.
Individuals with implants may still be able to get treatment. To know for sure, you’ll need to take an impression kit with either service. They’ll let you know for sure if you are a candidate or not. If you are not a candidate, you’ll get a refund for the price of the impression kit.
Will either of these home aligners make me talk less funny?
Once they’re in your mouth, AlignerCo’s and SnapCorrect’s aligners are very similar. Most people take a few days to adjust to the feeling of aligners—after all, there’s a foreign object in your mouth—but very few experience long-lasting issues. The average observer can’t detect that you’re wearing aligners, even while talking.
If I lose my aligners during or after treatment, do I have to pay for new ones?
If you lose your AlignerCo aligner, contact customer support right away and they’ll get a new one sent your way. With SnapCorrect, they’ll just tell you to wear your previous aligner until it’s time to move on to the next one.
Can I drink coffee when using AlignerCo or SnapCorrect?
You can, but you shouldn’t. Aligners from AlignerCo and SnapCorrect are fairly stain-resistant, but you should generally avoid eating or drinking colored liquids and foods while wearing your aligners. Water is a safe bet, though.
Are there any hidden costs?
SnapCorrect and AlignerCo don’t really have any hidden costs. What you see is what you get, especially since they both include the first set of post-treatment retainers for free. With either company, however, you’ll need to purchase new post-treatment retainers occasionally. They do wear out over time.