A million dollar smile is great and all, but what about getting one as an adult?
No one past their teen years wants to deal with the “brace face” life (or relive it if the effects of their braces have worn off).
Thankfully, home teeth aligners make it possible to straighten your teeth from the convenience of your house. No braces, no wires, no office visits.
These clear aligners have become a popular alternative to braces. Why? They’re much cheaper than braces and Invisalign. They’re also much more convenient.
There are a few popular home teeth aligner companies on the market today, including WonderSmile and EZ Smile. In this comparison review, we’ll help you decide which of these two services is the better option for your unique circumstances.
The Rundown: How WonderSmile and EZ Smile Stack Up
Home teeth alignment is a fairly new industry. Even so, it’s important to consider each company’s respective track record.
WonderSmile and EZ Smile are both pretty new in the grand scheme of things, but to be honest, so is the entire clear aligner industry. But for as new as they are, both providers have established a pretty good reputation.
WonderSmile primarily focuses on delivering flexible treatments. They offer nighttime only treatment (10 hours of daily wear), and in rare cases they even offer single arch treatment. EZ Smile works to make clear aligner treatment accessible. They have an affordable price tag, and a wide variety of financing options for every budget and credit score.
Let’s take a look at how these providers compare:
|Customers served||10,000+||No published number, but enough customers to have a decent number of reviews|
|Claim to fame||Flexible treatment options, with both nighttime only and single arch treatment||Making treatment accessible thanks to scan locations and flexible financing|
|No food restrictions?||✓||✓|
|No office visits?||✓||✓|
|Personalized customer service?|
|Price Tag?||All-day treatment: $2,900 |
|Financing Available?||Fee-free financing available pending a credit check||A huge variety of options, starting at weekly payments of $38|
|Treatment Length?||All-day treatment: 6 months |
NightClear: 9 months
|Start-Up Process?||At-home impression kit or an in-person scan||At-home impression kit or Smile Scan at a retail location|
Intrigued? That’s just the flyby! Let’s dig into the differences between EZ Smile and WonderSmile in more detail.
When you first begin researching remote treatments, clear aligners may all look identical to you. This is totally understandable, since there are plenty of similarities across providers. Aside from their core similarities, there are some differences worth noting too.
For example, there are two main ways to trim an aligner: straight across, or scalloped to match the gumline. There are pros and cons to each design. The straight cut overlaps with the gums, which helps it exert more force. However, the overlap also makes it more noticeable. The scalloped cut is a bit more discreet, just not quite as powerful.
Some providers make their aligners from ultra clear plastic, while others opt to use plastic that has a slightly frosted appearance. You would think that the clearer the plastic, the more invisible the aligner—but that actually isn’t the case. Our teeth have a porous surface, so a frosted, matte aligner better mimics our natural smiles.
Let’s take a look at the design choices WonderSmile and EZ Smile have made with their aligners:
|Materials||BPA free plastic; NightClear aligners are made from a stronger, more durable resin than all-day aligners||BPA free, medical grade plastic|
|Aligner Cut||Straight cut||Scalloped|
|Aligner Transparency||Clear, shiny plastic||Clear, shiny plastic|
Neither WonderSmile or EZ Smile disclose who manufactures their aligners. That said, we do know that both providers make their aligners from safe, medical grade, BPA free plastic. We hope that these companies eventually reveal who makes their aligners, because it’s a simple way to make their customers feel even more confident about the quality of their treatment.
One thing we appreciate about WonderSmile is that they use a thicker, more durable resin for their nighttime only aligners. By nature, nighttime only treatments require less daily wear, which gives your teeth more hours a day to shift out of position. A thicker aligner can help make up for some of that lost time. Plus, a durable aligner is better at withstanding overnight teeth grinding.
WonderSmile prioritizes effectiveness by trimming their aligners straight across. EZ Smile opts for a low profile look by making their aligners mimic the gumline. We tend to prefer straight cut aligners because of their power, but we can’t fault a provider that’s trying to keep treatment discreet.
Both providers make their aligners with clear, shiny plastic. Though this design can be a little more noticable, bear in mind that appearance is subjective! There are plenty of customers who like the added shine their aligners bring to their smiles. All you need to worry about is finding the aligner that works best for you.
These treatments occur remotely, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be left high and dry once your trays arrive in the mail. Instead of in-person appointments like you’d have with Invisalign or braces, remote providers monitor your progress through photo updates you’ll send during your treatment. Every provider uses photo updates, but the frequency and the sophistication of these check-ins vary from company to company.
|Frequency of check-ins||Month 1, 3, 6, and 12 of treatment||Once, midway through treatment|
|Photos sent via||WonderSmile app||EZ Smile account|
|Treatment Length||All-day treatment: 6 months |
NightClear: 9 months
|Customer Support||Available via phone, email, and chat; 7 days a week||Available via phone, email, webchat, and social media|
With several photo check-ins throughout your treatment, WonderSmile gets eyes on your progress much more frequently than EZ Smile. Depending on your priorities, frequent check-ins can either be an advantage or a disadvantage.
If you’re looking for a teeth alignment service that doesn’t add much to your todo list; it’s hard to beat EZ Smile’s singular treatment check-in. That said, if you’re someone who gets peace of mind from regular oversight, then WonderSmile’s more frequent check-ins may be a better fit for you. It all comes down to personal preference.
If you need anything outside of your regular treatment check-ins, you can reach out to customer support. We hope that your entire treatment goes off without a hitch and you never have to call for help; but life happens. Whenever you do need to chat, you’ll get support that’s relatively prompt, and both WonderSmile and EZ Smile’s reps are helpful and friendly.
Customer service is one of the categories where WonderSmile truly shines. In their online reviews, many customers frequently thank their support reps by name—which is always a good sign.
EZ Smile also does a great job with customer service. You’ll get prompt support most days. But if you’re in a rush for answers, phone is the quickest route.
If you’re looking for the shortest treatment lengths on the market, you won’t get it from EZ Smile or WonderSmile (that honor goes to Byte). These two companies aren’t exactly slow, but they do fall in line with the industry average. Both fall close to 6 months for daytime treatment.
Bang For Your Buck
One of the main draws of at-home clear aligner treatments is their comparative affordability to traditional options like braces and Invisalign. But when it’s all said and done, how much can you expect to pay for your remote treatment? In this section, we’ll dig into the nitty gritty pricing details for WonderSmile and EZ Smile.
|Startup Costs||Free in-person scan or a $99 impression kit||$99 impression kit or scan|
|Aligner Kit||All-day treatment: $2,900 |
|Add-Ons||Whitening: $149||Shine foam: $29.95 Whitening pens: $39.95|
|Financing||20% downpayment, then fortnightly payments determined by a credit score||Wide variety of financing options, both with and without credit checks. Their plans start as low as $38/week|
|Post-Treatment||Aftercare retainers are $99/set||First set of retainers are free, then $99/set|
With any home aligner company, you’ll kick off your treatment by taking impressions of your teeth. Most companies require you to use an at-home impression kit. However, a few companies, including WonderSmile and EZ Smile, maintain retail locations that make the startup process more convenient.
WonderSmile can kickstart your treatment with a free scan at one of their retail locations. Free is always great, but if you aren’t close to one of their locations you can always opt for their $99 impression kit. If you end up getting aligner treatment, WonderSmile will deduct the cost of your impression kit from your aligner bundle. So in a roundabout way, this option can also be free.
EZ Smile also maintains retail locations where you can get a scan taken. Otherwise you can order an impression kit. It’s your choice; both options cost $99. If you end up buying aligners, you’ll get $100 off your treatment bundle. So in a way, this step is free.
Once you complete your impressions or scans, WonderSmile or EZ Smile will create your personalized treatment plan. This includes all of the aligners you’ll need to shift your smile from meh to wow.
WonderSmile’s base pricing falls in the middle of the road; it’s not the cheapest, and it’s not the most expensive. They don’t throw in a ton of extras. Basically, you’ll get all of the aligners you need. The most notable price perk of WonderSmile is their single-arch treatment: qualifying customers who only need the top or bottom teeth treated will get $500 off their aligner kit. This isn’t an extremely common occurrence, but it’s worth noting for eligible customers.
EZ Smile is the second most affordable kit on the clear aligner scene, and they give you a great value. For that price, you’ll get all the aligners you need to treat your smile and one set of free post-treatment retainers. These will cost you $99 after the first set.
Can’t pay all at once? Thankfully, both services offer financing.
A big perk to WonderPay is that you won’t spend anything extra for financing; you’ll just spread it out. First, you’ll need to pay a 20% downpayment. For example, for daytime treatment, that would be $478. After that, you’ll pay the remaining balance over 12 months.
EZ Smile has so many financing options that it would get tedious for us to list them all here. They have financing plans with and without credit checks, and there are payment plans to fit any timetable and budget. Their plans start as low as $38 per week.
WonderSmile isn’t a bad value per se, but if you’re hoping for a better deal, we have to give the nod to EZ Smile. The $800 difference is a big part of that, but we also like the fact that EZ Smile includes some post-treatment retainers. And the sheer flexibility of all their financing options is hard to beat.
We all know to look for low prices on high quality products, but when you’re picking out a clear aligner provider it’s also important to consider how this company treats their customers. After all, you’ll be working with this provider for a few months—you’ll want to choose a company that puts their customers first.
For many shoppers, customer reviews can make or break purchase 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 WonderSmile and EZ Smile.
|Top loves:||Friendly customer service; minimal discomfort; simple adjustment process||Discreet; minimal discomfort; retail experience is excellent; cost-effective|
|Top complaints:||Sometimes retainers break; mix-ups sometimes occur during account set-up||Teeth can feel odd during treatment; sometimes one arch doesn’t respond as well|
Honestly, both WonderSmile and EZ Smile have pretty solid online reputations. Sure, there are some negatives, but they’re few and far between. None of the negatives are unfixable, either, and both companies seem to correct these issues relatively quickly. Of the two, WonderSmile has a slightly better average score.
As with any purchase, there’s always the nagging question: what if it doesn’t work out? WonderSmile and EZ Smile both have very individualized approaches to guaranteeing your treatment.
WonderSmile’s promises to correct your smile at no extra cost if your teeth shift out of alignment within the first year after your treatment ends. To be eligible for this guarantee, you must wear your aligners and post-treatment retainers compliantly.
Additionally, this guarantee only applies to the teeth originally treated by WonderSmile. Implants, bridges, or similar dental procedures may void the guarantee.
EZ Smile has one of the best satisfaction guarantees in the industry. Here’s how it works: if at any time during your first 90 days of treatment you decide that EZ Smile isn’t for you, they’ll refund your money—minus a $300 fee to cover their expenses.
What if I break an aligner?
Accidents happen—if you break an aligner, reach out to your provider right away and they’ll advise you on next steps. In some cases, your provider may decide you need a replacement. Other times, you may be fine to skip ahead to the next aligner in your treatment plan.
If your provider determines you need a replacement, WonderSmile will send you one for $50, and EZ Smile will send you one for $99. With both providers, be sure to wear your most recent aligner while you wait for your replacement. This helps ensure that your teeth don’t shift too far out of position.
Sometimes teeth can be a little stubborn, and you may need a few more aligners than your treatment plan originally laid out. These extra aligners are called refinements, and some providers charge extra for them. Thankfully, both WonderSmile and EZ Smile offer refinements for free.
If at the end of your WonderSmile treatment your teeth need a bit more movement, WonderSmile will provide you with additional aligners free of charge. In order to stay eligible, be sure to follow your treatment guidelines and send photo updates when prompted.
If you reach the end of your EZ Smile treatment and your smile doesn’t look like what you were promised, EZ Smile will send you new aligners for free. That way, you’ll get back on track before you know it! Just make sure you follow your treatment plan and request the refinement within two weeks of completing your treatment.
Which Is the Best Home Aligner for You?
When it all comes down to it, WonderSmile and EZ Smile are both good options. But at the end of the day, you can only pick one.
If you want our honest opinion, we prefer EZ Smile. We love their fantastic lifetime guarantee, and the $800 difference between their treatment package and WonderSmile’s is hard to argue with. A free set of post-treatment retainers is a nice perk. And last but certainly not least, they have fantastic financing options to fit any budget.
Choose WonderSmile if:
You want an easy start-up process, or you think you might be a good candidate for single-arch treatment and you’d like to save $500.
Choose EZ Smile if:
You want an easy start-up process, a low price tag, and the most flexible financing options possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does either home aligner kit offer discounts?
Technically, both services offer discounts. For example, while we’re writing this guide, EZ Smile is running a discount on their impression kit. Meanwhile, WonderSmile will occasionally offer discounts for $100-$200 off their aligners, but you’ll need to subscribe to their email list.
Are WonderSmile and EZ Smile legit?
Your mom warned you about things that sound too good to be true, right? Thankfully home aligner companies like WonderSmile and EZ Smile 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 invest those savings in measures that ensure treatment quality.
Which home aligner is more customer-focused?
Honestly, both companies do a good job taking care of their customers. Nothing really makes one company stand out from the other in this regard.
How exactly do at-home clear aligners work?
They’re nearly invisible, but they’re not magical. Technically speaking, at-home clear aligners use roughly the same technology that Invisalign uses. This starts with your impressions or scans; a dental professional analyzes those impressions to design a series of clear trays that gently and gradually move your teeth to their final destination.
How do WonderSmile and EZ Smile compare to Invisalign?
They’re distant cousins, really. Invisalign pioneered the clear aligner alternative to traditional braces. However, Invisalign adds one aspect to the aligners: devices affixed to your teeth to secure the aligners. Those devices have to be attached in-office by a qualified orthodontist. Home aligners don’t use those, allowing you to complete your entire treatment at home.
How do these home aligners compare to Smile Direct and SmilePath and Byte?
EZ Smile and WonderSmile are both pretty similar to other clear aligner companies on the market, but each competitor has its own perks. Smile Direct has the biggest brand power internationally. SmilePath has the most affordable treatment package in the industry. And last but certainly not least, Byte has the shortest treatment lengths and a fantastic lifetime guarantee.
Is there an age requirement for using either WonderSmile or EZ Smile?
With both WonderSmile and EZ Smile, you must have all permanent teeth present to begin treatment (you don’t want to dump thousands into teeth that will just fall out, anyway). WonderSmile will treat ages 12 and up; EZ Smile bumps that number up to 16. That said, minors should get parental consent prior to treatment.
Does either service give free whitening treatment?
EZ Smile and WonderSmile both keep their aligner kits pretty simple—they don’t include free whitening like some of their competitors. However, WonderSmile sells their whitening kit for $149, and EZ Smile sells a 3 pack of whitening pens for $39.95.
Do WonderSmile and EZ Smile have aggressive upsells?
Thankfully, no. Since they don’t include any extras, they can’t be classified as “upselling.”
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 a condition like overbite or underbite is the cause of your teeth’s misalignment, then clear aligners likely won’t 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 funny?
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?
It depends on your treatment provider. EZ Smile will provide a replacement for a $99 fee, so get in contact with them right away. Usually, WonderSmile will recommend that you move on to your next aligner (or go back to the previous one) until you’re scheduled to move to the next step. If you’d still like (or need) a replacement, you’ll need to pay $50. With either company, though, you should wear your previous aligner until a replacement arrives. That will keep your teeth from shifting too far back.
Can I drink coffee when using WonderSmile or EZ Smile?
You can, but you shouldn’t. Aligners from WonderSmile and EZ Smile 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?
Not exactly. With both EZ Smile and WonderSmile, the price you see is the price you pay. But one additional expense you might not expect will be post-treatment retainers. Both companies are pretty clear that these retainers are a necessity, but they don’t list them in the initial treatment price. EZ Smile gives you the first set for free, but after that, you’ll have to purchase a new set. Both WonderSmile and EZ Smile sell their retainers for $99/set.