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Diamond Whites, also known as DW aligners, is an at-home clear aligner brand based in the United Kingdom. It’s co-founded by celebrity dentist Dr. Richard Marques.
Clear aligners are removable teeth-straightening devices that are a convenient and cost-effective alternative to metal braces.
In recent years, do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry and orthodontics have increased in popularity. Because they remove in-person dental office visits, companies like Diamond Whites can offer treatment for significantly less money than traditional options.1
Diamond Whites aligners are available as standard or nighttime, and the company also offers teeth whitening kits. Although your treatment is home-based, you can visit the London clinic or a pop-up clinic for initial dental scans if you prefer.
With traditional braces, you'll visit the orthodontist for regular evaluations and adjustments. However, with Diamond Whites, a team of UK dental professionals will monitor treatment remotely.
Your treatment includes a special device called the ScanBox. This attaches to your smartphone and allows you to take photos of your teeth to share them through the linked app.
You can opt to take your initial dental impressions with an at-home impressions kit or visit one of the Diamond Whites locations for dental scans.
With Diamond Whites, you'll receive your entire treatment plan upfront — a series of custom-made, invisible aligners that you'll change out every 2 weeks.
These at-home clear aligners work like metal braces by gradually moving teeth into their desired position. As your teeth move, you'll use the next tray in the sequence until you've completed treatment. Treatment length depends on your case, but it lasts 6 months on average.2
The aligners are made with almost invisible material. They're also removable, so you can take them out for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth.
For minor cases of teeth misalignment, such as crowded teeth or gaps, Diamond Whites could be a good option. However, an orthodontist may recommend traditional braces or another treatment if you have more complex dental issues.
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Diamond Whites are clear aligners that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their desired position gradually. They work on the front 6 to 8 teeth.2
You'll take impressions of your teeth at home using a kit or visit the London clinic or one of the 60 pop-up clinics. With either option, you'll receive a free at-home teeth whitening kit. A team of dental professionals then reviews your impressions and develops a treatment plan.3
You'll receive a series of custom-made, clear aligners that you'll change every two weeks. To track your treatment progress, you'll submit regular photos of your teeth using the ScanBox and Diamond Whites app.
The treatment process is as follows:
Treatment time depends on the severity of your dental crowding or spacing. On average, people who use Diamond Whites for simple teeth-straightening needs can expect to wear their aligners for 3 to 6 months.4
Depending on how well you follow the treatment plan, completing treatment could take longer or shorter than average.
Following treatment, you'll also need to wear retainers day and night for at least a week, then nightly for a set period. The retainers protect the results by preventing teeth from shifting to their original positions.
Diamond Whites offer a standard clear aligner and a nighttime aligner option.
The standard aligner is made of high-quality, comfortable, BPA-free, clear plastic. The aligners are manufactured in the UK.
These aligners are barely visible. You'll wear them for at least 22 hours daily, but you can remove them for eating and oral care. The average treatment time is between 3 and 6 months.
These aligners cost £1,600.4
Diamond Whites also offers Nighttime Aligners that you wear for 10 hours overnight. The average treatment time is 5 to 6 months.
These aligners cost £1,700.4
Note: NewMouth warns against using nighttime aligners because dental experts are unsure about their safety and efficacy.
The cost of Diamond Whites aligners depends on if you opt for standard or nighttime aligners:
You'll also need to pay £99.99 for impressions or scans. If you pay upfront, these services are free.
Following treatment, Diamond Whites recommend wearing retainers to maintain results. A set of retainers costs £200.2
Diamond Whites offer payment plans. Here's what you'll pay every month for Diamond Whites treatment with standard aligners:5
If you opt for nighttime aligners, you can expect to pay the following in monthly payments:6
Most dental insurance policies don't cover orthodontic treatment. If you have insurance, you'll need to check with your provider to see if they cover the cost of Diamond Whites aligners.
Diamond Whites does not disclose if they accept insurance or not. But, if your policy covers orthodontic treatment, you can submit reimbursement receipts directly to your insurance provider.
Diamond Whites is a good choice for adults looking for economical aligner treatment for mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues.
Treatment is also an option if you've had a relapse after wearing braces in the past. But, these aligners don't move molars and can't address severe dental problems like overbites, underbites, or crossbites.
An orthodontist can recommend a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan if you have more complex dental needs. This may include alternative clear aligners like Invisalign. Although Invisalign uses similar technology, it's a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment. Orthodontists oversee the treatment during in-office visits.
Traditional metal braces may also be an option for people with complex dental problems.
Diamond Whites may be right for you if your teeth have small gaps, uneven spacing, or crowding. It’s also a good option for people who can complete treatment without in-person support.
You'll need to wear your Diamond Whites aligners for 22 hours daily. Only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth.
If you choose nighttime aligners, you'll only need to wear them while you sleep for at least 10 hours daily.
Visit your regular dentist for check-ups every 6 months to maintain good oral health.
Generally, you won't need to visit a Diamond Whites dentist during treatment unless you have a problem or concern. The team will monitor your treatment with the ScanBox and app.
However, in some cases, you may need to see the Diamond Whites dentist for attachments or IPR (interproximal reduction). This procedure reduces the size of your teeth, allowing space between them for movement during treatment. If you need IPR, Diamond Whites will confirm this during the design stage of treatment.
Advise the team about any crowns you have before they design your treatment plan. It may be possible, but they should know ahead of time.
Diamond Whites aligners can sometimes fix an overbite or underbite. But this is not always possible. This is not what these clear aligners are designed to treat.
Diamond Whites advises you to have all necessary dental work, like fillings, before starting treatment with clear aligners. Schedule a dental check-up and cleaning beforehand, too.
If the dental team at Diamond Whites determines you're not a good candidate for treatment, they'll refund the cost of your impression kit or scan. If you paid the full amount upfront, you’ll still receive a refund.
If your teeth don't match the visuals at the end of treatment, Diamond White offers additional free aligners until you achieve your dream smile.
Diamond Whites offers support 365 days a year. You can also visit one of the locations if you prefer to speak to someone in person.
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