How we’re achieving our mission
We’ve digitised the whole cosmetic teeth-straightening experience, reducing the cost of treatment by up to 70% and making it faster and easier for adults to achieve a naturally straight smile non-invasively, from the comfort of home. We deliver premium, invisible aligners directly to users' front door, while connecting them with world-class dentists and orthodontists who guide and supervise the entire treatment on the app. For the time poor, our ‘at home’ system makes accessing premium, affordable teeth-straightening more convenient than ever.
2009: The foundation
We were looking to create the type of dental practice experience we wanted ourselves. High tech clinic with TVs in the ceiling offering state of the art smile enhancement using the latest cosmetic orthodontic technologies.
2014: Going Digital
To help more people access their dream smile we created an online assessment system, and also helped more clinics do the same using the latest digital education, booking and automation systems to grow their orthodontic practices.
2015: Going Direct to Consumer
We saw the possibility to integrate our online assessment systems with state of the art 3D printing technologies to create a comprehensive teledentistry platform enabling at home cosmetic teeth straightening for a 1/3 of the cost of in clinic solutions. We launched in April 2016 and got enquiries from around the world.
2017-2019: Fully Mobile and Global Solution
Straight Teeth Direct™ went live and global with iOS and Android apps, starting the journey to data driven smiles delivered in 60+ countries. This is just the beginning.
Innovative & informed | Honest experts | Accessible & convenient
Innovative & informed
From AI to 3D manufacturing, we constantly search for new ways to use technology and data. This means we provide a better experience, guarantee results and minimise costs to customers.
We have experieced dentists at our heart, with a proven track record of achieving ideal smiles. We use research and data to make decisions and provide our customers with advanced tools and support so their end-to-end journey is easy and convenient.
Accessible & convenient
We use technology to meet customers on their terms so we can provide an uninterrupted programme of dental support. We own the entire end-to-end manufacturing process which allows us to adapt quickly to customer needs.
Dr. Aalok Shukla co-founder and CEO and Lucie Marchelot Shukla, co-founder and Managing Director of Straight Teeth Direct™
He started studying medicine, then quickly switched to dentistry, when he realised this was a field in which he could apply his interest in business and tech. After graduating, he worked in a state-of-the-art clinic that gave him first-hand experience of the downsides of standard cosmetic dentistry – costs were high, which meant a few people could make the changes they wanted, and harsh and unnecessarily invasive measures (think drills) were default. Aalok knew that this wasn’t the only way. Gentler, but equally effective, options were out there; he just had to find a way to get them to people.
She’s a trained lawyer and art historian, and is now co-founder and Managing Director of Straight Teeth Direct™. After training as a lawyer in the South of France, she got a coveted place on Christie’s degree programme and landed her dream job at a leading auction house after graduating. But Lucie realised she wanted to combine her lawyerly practicality with her art historian creativity in a business that would meet a modern market need.
After years of running their own London-based dental practice focused on cosmetic orthodontics, the Shuklas knew they could harness their combined expertise in orthodontics, biomimetic dentistry, 3D printing, remote consultations and dental marketing to create an innovative remote orthodontics system that made teeth straightening with custom invisible aligners more accessible, modern, affordable, and hassle-free. However, their passion and innovation were initially met with pushbacks: as a married couple, they faced sceptical investors, and the industry itself labelled their unique approach as too innovative to succeed.
Determined to overturn the “cheaper means lesser” paradigm, Straight Teeth Direct™ invested heavily in their high quality, fully personalised and monitored treatment, in-house manufactured and hand-finished orthodontic devices, and their innovative teleorthodontic platform and have now set new standards for the booming market across the UK and Europe.
Why choose Straight Teeth Direct™ at-home system over in-clinic approach?
Straight Teeth Direct™ is a professional alternative to the in-clinic teeth straightening approach, offering several additional benefits. By taking a more data-driven approach to cosmetic orthodontics, users are provided better insights into their treatment before and during their treatment.
Every step of the journey is reviewed and monitored by an experienced orthodontist, providing constant, ongoing support through the app rather than being limited to intermittent appointments. This comes in handy especially when travelling, as users are not bound to a specific location for their treatment to proceed as planned. Additionally, the user’s app account stores all their conversation and treatment history, documents and progress information, facilitating clinical support in case of questions.
Finally, all Straight Teeth Direct™ aligners are produced in house, so we have full quality and product control. Clinics need to outsource all the production aspect to an experienced lab. Having our own lab also means that we are able to position ourselves at the forefront of teleorthodontic innovation, with our dentists and technicians working together to innovate as well as constantly improve product quality.
Users in 60+ countries across 5 continents
Years of running our own dental practice taught us a lot about people and their smiles. Some had been hiding their teeth for years, fixated on what they saw as “imperfections”, noticeable usually only to them, but enough to make them hide away their smiles. We met others who had assumed that cosmetic teeth-straightening would cost them the Earth, so dismissed the idea early. Those who were too embarrassed to wear braces as adults. There were brides and grooms finally biting the bullet ahead of their wedding days. People who’d finally found the time and money to do something for themselves they’d been meaning to do for years. The ones who’d had fixed braces as kids but “hadn’t worn their retainers”.
But as diverse as people’s reasons for wanting braces, there were common themes. First – teeth are a deeply personal, often character-defining part of your appearance, and they matter to people no matter what their age. Second – almost everyone considering straightening was daunted by the cost, most were pushed for time and almost a third hated coming to the actual practise (no matter how friendly and gentle we are, there’s still fear around going to the dentist). These are the people who inspired us and they collectively told us what they needed – professional teeth-straightening, in less time, for less money, guided by experienced orthodontists, and a simple system for accessing it all that wouldn’t add hassle to their already busy lives. And so Straight Teeth Direct™ was born.
Our user-centric approach
We want to positively impact the lives of our customers, as we know that getting a smile they love more can boost their self-esteem, confidence and many other aspects of their life.
Time to make our planet smile
Most aligner companies still send aligners in plastic bags, which can take up to 450 years to degrade in a landfill. They don't break down completely and turn into toxin absorbing microplastics.
- Our new biodegradable pouches can be decomposed by microorganisms in biowaste or residual waste bins.
- All aligners are made of recyclable, BPA-free plastic material.
- We have sourced grip-seal bags that are eco-friendly and return envelopes that are 100% recyclable, biodegradable, compostable and plastic-free
- The SmileBox and StraightBox are made of cardboard and can be reused as great storage boxes - for your old aligners perhaps.
We have been working hard to improve our eco-friendly purchasing activities. That is why we have also established corporate campaigns and events related to sustainability, all forming part of this work in progress that we are highly committed to continue working on!
We hope to lead the way to more sustainable processes in the orthodontic field.
A quick but comprehensive questionnaire about the user’s dental history and 5 pictures of the teeth from different angles. This consultation will be reviewed by an experienced dentist within 24h to determine suitability for at-home teeth straightening with invisible aligners.
SmileBox™ Dental Impression Kit - £42 / 47€
The SmileBox™ includes everything needed to make 6 dental impressions, as well as return shipping to the lab, a 3D smile simulation to show how the smile will transform over the treatment period, as well a comprehensive Straight Teeth Plan put together by an orthodontist, outlining the details of the case and treatment (diagnosis, predicted results, potential limitations, treatment duration).
StraightBox™ Invisible Aligner Treatment - £1,350 / 1.500€
Includes all aligners necessary to achieve the results outlined in the Straight Teeth Plan, as well as a complementary set of retainers once the end position is achieved. The aligners are sent in batches according to progress, which is monitored monthly by an assigned dentist via the Straight Teeth Direct™ app.
The aligners | 70% cheaper, 50% more comfortable
The transparent aligners are produced through a multistep process involving 3D printing in our state-of-the-art lab. They are then trimmed and hand finished to ensure maximum clarity and comfort so that they can gently straighten teeth with minimum impact on daily life.
Maintainer Plan - £139 / 150€ a year
This subscription aftercare plan provides users who have completed teeth straightening with bi-yearly retainer deliveries to keep their smile straight.
Teeth Whitening Upgrade - £269 / 299€
KöR Teeth Whitening system - the world’s most advanced at-home teeth whitening formula goes hand in hand with invisible aligner treatment. A safe, dentist prescribed whitening gel is placed inside the aligner and worn overnight for 3-14 nights to achieve gentle, thorough teeth whitening results.
How did you come up with the concept of Straight Teeth Direct and what is it that makes the company so unique?
Why do you recommend for potential customers to go down this new and modern route of straightening their teeth, rather than the traditional way of signing up to and visiting an actual orthodontist?
What is your main goal for customers (apart from getting the perfect smile)?
How much does the entire treatment cost?
How do users get started with the process?
What are the next steps for Straight Teeth Direct in the industry? Anything exciting coming up?
How can you differentiate between a legitimate review and fake reviews when it comes to finding the right orthodontist?
How can you tell who a legitimate Orthodontist is? Are there any qualifications you need to look/ask for?
Are there any generic red flags you should look for when seeking help for your teeth?
Can you provide any case studies and pictures of users who have finished their treatment?
What sets you apart from your competitors?
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