The internet has brought the ease and convenience of getting what you want right away without ever leaving your couch. There is no debating this trend has even hit the orthodontic world with direct-to-consumer or mail-order aligners, growing rapidly in popularity. But are they really worth it?
Mail-order aligners rely heavily on the idea of lower prices and the convenience of avoiding the trips to the orthodontist for checkups and adjustments. It only makes sense that you’re considering mail-order orthodontic treatment, but you might be surprised to know that most orthodontists and dentists won’t recommend them.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you won’t get with mail-order orthodontics and how our team at Champlain Orthodontics can efficiently and effectively give you the smile you deserve!
What are Mail-Order Aligners?
Companies offering clear aligners through the mail are a form of “online” orthodontics. Instead of visiting an orthodontic office for an exam, each step of the treatment process will typically be handled via their website. It begins by applying to the company of your choice. Once this has been approved, you can either visit one of their local shops or have a kit sent to your home to make a 3-D mold of your teeth. One of their technicians or dentists will then use that mold to create a series of clear aligners for you. These are designed to move your teeth into the desired positions gradually.
Like standard treatment, the straightening process can take several months to complete. Progress is monitored using photos of your mouth that you provide at regular intervals. While this may seem straightforward, anyone considering these companies should give it a great deal of thought before signing on. There are a number of risks associated with this kind of care and plenty of concerns about the lasting impact it may have on a patient’s oral health.
You Won’t Get Specialized Care
Orthodontic treatment requires the specialized care of a trained physician to be sure you’re safe. With mail-order orthodontics, you make your own impressions. You choose how long to wear your aligners and when. You decide when to consult your doctor, if ever.
At Champlain Orthodontics, we know that every smile is different. From the way your teeth grow naturally to the bite pattern or malocclusion you exhibit, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan – no matter what mail-order orthodontics may tell you! Without Dr. Ryan and Dr. Eaton’s direct supervision, your treatment plan cannot adapt to the way your mouth reacts to treatment. Without adjusting, you may cause more damage to your teeth overall. Besides, there are various treatment options, and aligners aren’t designed for every individual’s needs.
You Won’t Get Treatment for All Your Orthodontic Needs
Many orthodontic issues lie below the gum line and in the jaw itself, where goopy impressions and cell phone images can’t capture data. These issues can’t be treated with mail-order aligners, which can actually make them worse. With this treatment method, processes like widening your jaw, aligning your bite, and correcting rotations can’t be accomplished as they can with a professional orthodontist.
By meeting with our doctors in person, you’ll know your specific orthodontic concerns ahead of time so that your treatment plan addresses all of those issues. Mail-order aligners won’t help you do that.
You Won’t Get a Guaranteed Smile Expert
When you step into our offices to begin your treatment plan, our team of doctors oversees your entire journey from start to finish. With companies offering mail-order aligners, the orthodontist is nowhere to be found. Essentially, you step in as your own orthodontist.
Typically, the orthodontic process begins with a trained professional’s initial examination of your teeth. This exam allows the doctor to determine the type of treatment required for alignment and assess the patient’s need for additional dental care before beginning.
Afterward, you’re usually required to meet regularly with your orthodontist for follow-up meetings every six to eight weeks so your doctor can monitor your progress. These appointments are essential to making sure your teeth are straightened safely and successfully.
Mail-order orthodontics skip these steps entirely. Placing you at the head of your treatment plan, these companies outsource the direct supervision that is so vital to a virtual appointment with an orthodontist at best and an app at worst.
For Efficient, Effective, and Affordable Treatment, Trust Champlain Orthodontics
Our expert team at Champlain Orthodontics takes pride in making your experience a pleasant and personalized one, from your initial consultation to your most recent check-up. If you are wondering about the best route to your perfect smile, schedule your FREE consultation today and let us help you confidently navigate your smile journey.